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"The reason I do everything the way I do artistically is because of David," Fugit says. "I continue to be influenced by David, even still. The jokes I make, the music I make, the acting I do, is all very, very David-inspired, David-influenced, if not directly ripped off from David."
The Davey Foundation Kickoff
A fundraiser for the nonprofit foundation that will offer grants to support emerging filmmakers and playwrights. The event will feature a memorial to actor, musician and filmmaker David Fetzer, as well as film screenings, musical performances and a silent auction.
When » Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
Where » Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $10 minimum donation; http://http://thedaveyfoundation.org
Film grant with Salt Lake Film Society
What » Grant of $3,500 toward the completion of a short film to screen at the Tower Theatre.
Calls for submission » Will begin Jan. 15
Application » Visit http://http://thedaveyfoundation.org/grants-2/film-grant
Theater grant with Plan-B Theatre Company
What » Playwrights 35 and younger who reside in Utah or have a substantial Utah connection are invited to submit a play script for a production in early 2015 as part of Plan-B’s season. Innovative scripts that use multimedia and fit the company’s mission and small performance space will receive priority.
Submission » Deadline Jan. 31; award announcement March 15.
Application » http://http://thedaveyfoundation.org
Theatre grant with Salt Lake Acting Company
What » Playwrights 35 and younger are invited to apply for a weeklong mentorship with professional actors and directors before a company reading on Aug. 30, 2015.
Application » A call for scripts will open Sept. 15, with a Dec. 15, 2014, deadline; award announcement March 15, 2015.
About the foundation » At 30, Fetzer was making the transition from performer to producer, from receiving assistance to giving it to others. "His dream, his work, was cut short by his untimely passing," Rapier says. "We’re all trying to pick up the pieces of that as we can."
What sets apart the Fetzer foundation is its focus on bootstrapping young artists by teaming with professional companies. Its first three partners — Plan-B Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company and the Salt Lake Film Society — are all nonprofits where Fetzer worked.
Beyond financial support, recipients will become part of a creative community and receive advice and support from previous winners, says filmmaker Kenny Riches, vice president of the board. Riches directed Fetzer in the 2012 feature "Must Come Down," which was screened at various film festivals last year.
The foundation is supported by family and friends like Riches, who are eager to curate work that Fetzer might have championed.
Its kickoff event, a fundraiser for emerging artist grants, will screen films Fetzer acted in, as well as performances of his songs. In future years, the fundraiser will premiere new works funded by the foundation. Expected to be one of the evening’s highlights will be two newly completed shorts that Fetzer wrote.
After his death last year, family and friends found nearly two dozen creative works on his computer. Riches recognized several scripts of film shorts from a time when he and Fetzer were roommates in the Avenues and assigned each other writing homework.
For Fetzer’s creative friends, the kickoff of the foundation offers a chance to keep Fetzer’s creative vision alive. "Everything we ever wanted to do, we wanted to do it our way," Fugit says. "When we wrote music, we wanted to do it with our sort of voice to it. The more you get to know the artist that created it — David — the more affecting it is to listen to or watch, because at some level he was always his art, and his art was always him."
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