“Henry Ferrini, a Gloucester documentary filmmaker, is among the recipients who have garnered awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, which has given out more than $82 million for projects across the country.
Ferrini received an Art Works award of $20,000 to help fund the production of his ongoing documentary film about iconic jazz saxophonist Lester Young (1909-1959).
The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.
The award is part of the second major funding announcement for fiscal 2016 approved by NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu.
Ferrini, a sax-playing filmmaker, said this is a “game changer” for his work about this jazz legend.“