Princess Grace Foundation Honors Filmmaking Student

Photo: Mike Peters

Adam Tyree

Adam Tyree, of Trenton, a senior in the College of the Arts’ filmmaking program recently received the 2007 Princess Grace Foundation Honoraria Award for Film. The Princess Grace Foundation Awards are presented annually to recognize the talents of individual artists in theater, dance and film.

Tyree’s award came on the heels of another. He was first selected as the top filmmaker at Montclair State’s annual film festival and then his work was sent to the Princess Grace Foundation which also honored him with an award. He will be using the $2000 grant from the Foundation in the production of his film, “Dark Moments” which is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2008.

“Adam is among the most inquisitive and provocative thinkers that I have worked with in many years,” says Tony Pemberton, assistant professor of art and design, and filmmaking area coordinator. “His work is consistently interesting in the way he approaches aesthetics and texture of the image, while still being able to connect with a large number of viewers on a personal level. I can think of no student more worthy of the Princess Grace Foundation Award than Adam Tyree.”

Tyree has applied for a fellowship with ABC which, if he is accepted, will take him to Los Angeles and provide him with $50,000 in funding to study and work in film for a year. Also a writer, Tyree has produced a number of screenplays and has found that he loves it. “Maybe what I’m best at is writing,” he says. “The structure of screen writing appeals to me.” He is currently looking for an agent in preparation for his future in film.