Terence Nance
Terence Nance

This was very quietly announced a few days ago, but it is excellent news nevertheless that both filmmakers Terence Nance (pictured above) and Marco Williams were named, along 177 other recipients, this year’s John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships.

Both Williams and Nance received their fellowships in the Creative Arts category in Film and Video.

The fellowship, which was first established in 1925 to "assist and further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed," is awarded on the basis of impressive achievement in the past, and exceptional promise for the future.

Nance is, of course, a performance artist, musician, photographer and filmmaker, whose first feature film - An Oversimplication of Her Beauty - premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and was theatrically released by Variance Films.

Williams is a documentary filmmaker, and a professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; and among his films are: The Undocumented, Banished; Freedom Summer, The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education; MLK Boulevard; The Concrete Dream; Two Towns of Jasper; In Search of Our Fathers; and From Harlem to Harvard.

Congratulations to the both of them; well deserved.