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Peter Franco '14 Awarded Prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Award

September 4, 2013

Peter Franco '14 (Newton, Mass.) has been named the recipient of a prestigious award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. A Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) major, Franco was awarded an undergraduate scholarship in film. Franco is one of 24 winners, who will travel to New York City on October 30, 2013 to receive their awards at the 31st Annual Princess Grace Awards Gala, held in the presence of HSH The Princess of Monaco.

Franco says his films "focus on the forces that compel us to act against our nature, or what we believe to be our nature." His most recent project, which received the 2013 Princess Grace Award, draws on his experiences as a gay athlete to tell a story about a high school football player dealing with his sexuality. The film will be released in 2014.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded 30 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly]. The Foundation's mission, that mirrors Princess Grace's in Her lifetime, is to support emerging artists in theater, dance and film through the awarding of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships.

Since the Foundation’s inception, more than 800 Awards have been given to recipients, totaling more than $10 million. Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients in Film include: Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants and Greg Mottola, director of Paul, Adventureland and Superbad. Theater recipients include: 2008 Tony® Award winner for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro; Pulitzer and Tony® Award winning playwright Tony Kushner; and 2006 Academy Award® winner Eric Simonson. Dance/Choreography recipients include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy, Isabella Boylston and Sarah Lane; as well as choreographers Kyle Abraham and Camille A. Brown.

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