Getting the Independent Spirit

Paranoid ParkOne of our own has been nominated for a 2008 Independent Spirit Award!

Film Production grad Neil Kopp is one of three up-and-comers in the running for the Producers Award, for exemplifying low-budget filmmaking (and producing Gus Van Sant‘s film Paranoid Park).

Neil’s kept real busy since graduating. Based in Portland, he produced a number of music videos for hot indie acts like The Decemberists and The Shins – with fellow VFS alum and director Dennis Fitzgerald – and he’s currently wrapping up Kelly Reichardt’s feature Train Choir.

Check out this interview with Neil in Willamette Week. The awards themselves take place tomorrow night, Saturday, February 23rd. We’ll be cheering him on!

Update: Neil wins! Neil wins! See him interviewed after the event here.

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