New York, NY (January 27th, 2014) – As part of the 2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival awards presentation Ceremony taking place March 1st 2014 in The EMPIRE ROOM at 230 FIFTH, the Winter Film Awards Board of Directors is please to honor New York cinema icon Larry Fessenden with the first annual PATRON OF THE CINEMA Award. The award is presented to an individual whose career transcends their work in the cinema by branching out into other artistic mediums, and who shares a passion for the cinema by mentoring up-and-coming filmmakers.

And it doesn’t hurt if they’re a New Yorker,” smiled Board of Directors member Joseph Mauceri. “The bottom line is that this art form is a business and there are just too few people working in this industry who give back and transcend it by cultivating and inspiring young talent. Growing up, I watched my father and grandfather, both very passionate about their work, discover raw talent in their industry and went to bat for these boys. They created a unique environment that allowed them to prosper and grow. They also inspired in me a love for the cinema, old time radio, literature, and comics. Armed with all that in creating the Patron of the Cinema Award, I can think of no other person to be the first recipient of this award then the man, the myth, the legend, and native New Yorker Larry Fessenden.

Native New Yorker Larry Fessenden is an actor, screenwriter, director and film editor. He is a an artist driven by his passion to excel beyond the cinema as he ventures out into the world of comics, radio dramas (Tales From Beyond the Pale) and music, while still finding time to mentor young talented artists. In 1985, he founded Glass Eye Pix, an independent film studio based in New York City, with the goal to produce films in and out of the horror genre.

In 2010, Fessenden was nominated for the Piaget Spirit Award for producing. He also won the 1997 “Someone to Watch” Spirit Award. He wrote, directed and edited the award-winning art-horror trilogy of films, No Telling, Wendigo, and Habit, which was nominated for two Spirit Awards. His 2006 film The Last Winter was nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast.

As a character actor, Fessenden has appeared in such films as I Sell The Dead, Neil Jordan’s The Brave One, Joe Swanberg’s All the Light in the Sky, Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy And Lucy, Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead, Steve Buscemi’s Animal Factory, Jim Mickle’s Stake Land and Mulberry Street, and Brad Anderson’s Vanishing On 7th Street and Session 9.

Over the years Fessenden has supported numerous up and coming directors, including Ti West, Jim Mickle and Kelly Reichardt. He has produced several projects including Rob Kuhns’ Birth Of The Living Dead, Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy And Lucy, Ti West’s The House Of The Devil and The Innkeepers, Joe Maggio’s The Last Rites Of Joe May, James McKenney’s Satan Hates You, and Ilya Chaiken’s Liberty Kid. Under his low-budget horror banner ScareFlix, Fessenden has produced Jim Mickle’s Stake Land, Maggio’s Bitter Feast, West’sThe Roost and Trigger Man, and Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell The Dead.