Local Mummers film nabs prestigious indie award nomination

The New Year Parade, Tom Quinn’s heart-stirring independent feature set in the world of Mummery and detailing the impact of divorce on one South Philly family, is like the little engine that could. Debuting at the 2008 Slamdance Festival, where it won the Grand Jury narrative prize, The New Year Parade has hung in there, garnering plaudits at major festivals over the past year and enjoying strong notices during its theatrical runs in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and other markets.

And on Tuesday, Quinn’s labor of love was there next to Big Fan, Humpday, So Yong Kim’s Treeless Mountain and Tariq Tapa’s Zero Bridge as a nominee for the Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavetes prize -- given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Quinn’s was made for way under that.)

“I'm a bit stunned and a little freaked out by the whole thing, and of course, thrilled,” Quinn reported via email. And now the Philadelphia filmmaker (a big Cassavetes fan, by the way) has to figure out how to pay for his trip to Los Angeles, where the Independent Spirit Awards are handed out on March 5, the same weekend as the 2010 Oscars.