You may have seen the indie hit film “Waitress” which was released in 2007 at the Sundance film festival. But what you may not know is that the film’s director, Adrienne Shelly, was murdered before the release in a story that made headlines.
Six years later Shelly’s husband, Andy Ostroy, talks about the charitable filmmaking organization he started in 2007 to create something positive from his wife’s tragic death.
“I wanted to take that tragedy and turn it into something good, so I started the Adrienne Shelly Foundation,” says Ostroy.
Ostroy spoke to PIX 11 aboard the Dunkin Donuts Studio on the Run Bus to talk about his passion and the Foundation that has the backing of major starts like Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Michelle Williams and Kerri Russel.
The goal is to help female filmmakers like Shelly jump the hurdles of getting films produced and funded – which isn’t an easy task.
“A lot of women are struggling to get work produced and until Waitress, Adrienne was in the same boat. The foundation provides grants and scholarships to get their movies made,” says Ostroy.
So far, the Foundation has awarded 40 grants ans scholarships to talented filmmakers. One of them is Cynthia Wade, who won an Oscar for her documentary Freeheld, which ASF helped fund.
The thing is, the grassroots organization needs funding from people like you at home. So, for the past few years they’ve been holding a celebrity auction to raise funds on eBay.
“We have 60 items all celebrity-related,” describes Ostroy. “For example, you can go to lunch with Paul Rudd, John Hamm, Michelle Williams, Pee Wee Herman and visit the sets of shows like Community, Dallas and NCIS.”
Sixty items that will no doubt help out rising female stars make their dreams come true, just like Shelly did.
Ostroy sums up the Foundation best by saying, “Look how many lives we touched and how many women we have helped get films made, and they live all over the world