Letter from Oscar-Winner Cynthia Wadeswapwade

FREEHELD
ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER
A Documentary by Cynthia Wade
Lieutenant Films, Inc.

Dear Andy,

I am so grateful to the Adrienne Shelly Foundation for its support of my documentary Freeheld. ASF’s finishing funds came at a critical time when I was close to completing my film, but at a time when I was exhausted and had limited resources to finish.

ASF helped get me across the finish line.  Freeheld was launched into the world where it was greeted with an Academy Award®, 15 other film awards, television broadcasts, and a DVD release.

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation allowed me to stay true to my film all the way along this exciting path, and for this I will always be grateful.

Cynthia Wade
Director, Freeheld

2007 Academy Award® for Best Documentary: Short Subject
2007 Sundance Special Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking
Special Jury Prize, Seattle International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Film
Best Documentary, Zinegoak Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Bilbao, Spain

Best Documentary Short, Newfest LGBT Film Festival
Audience Award, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Film
Audience Award, Independent Film Festival of Boston
Audience Award, Outfest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award, Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award, Spokane GLBT Film Festival
Audience Award, Best Documentary, Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Social Justice through Cinema Award, Denver Film Society

John M Deen Memorial Award, Spokane GLBT Film Festival
Citizen Courage Award, Garden State Equality
2008: Cinewomen Best Documentary Award