THALIA FRY (Media 2010), currently in residency at the California Institute of the Arts BFA program in Experimental Animation, has some very exciting news. 

Earlier this summer, the Cal Arts film school hosted an internal competition to select two student filmmakers - an undergraduate and a graduate- to be considered for recognition by the Princess Grace Foundation; a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.

Thalia was chosen from students across the country as the undergraduate nominee for Cal Arts and has been awarded the 2013 Undergraduate Film Scholarship Charles Evans Film Award.

The Princess Grace Foundation press release describes her as an “independent filmmaker from the San Francisco bay area... In studying her native cultural geography, she brings to life abandoned memories with vibrant textures and soundscapes. Her current project, Gloria examines the career of a proto-punk artist in the budding San Francisco punk movement in the mid 1970’s. Her most recent film, The Rape Of The Lock, premiered at The 2013 Experimental Animation Showcase at The REDCAT Theatre. In The Rape Of The Lock, she explores 1980’s feminine culture, as she reconstructs a tale rumored amongst Bay Area hair salons.

In 2012, she helped curate the CALARTS: A 40 Year Evolution screening at the Annecy International Animation Festival, and The Platform International Animation Festival with a group of students. She is currently teaching animation at the California State Summer School for the Arts.”

In late October, The Princess Grace Foundation will be flying the winners out to New York, where they will meet HRH Prince of Monaco, and H.S.H Princess of Monaco at the Princess Grace Awards Gala.

Brava, Thalia! Better practice your curtsey!