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NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman congratulates recipients of 2010 Peabody Awards

One out of five awardees received NEA funding earlier for their project

Washington, DC -- National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman congratulates the recipients of the 2010 Peabody Awards, in particular seven of the awardees that received grants from the NEA to support what later became their Peabody Award-winning project. Nearly 1 out of 5 of this year's Peabody award recipients were funded by the NEA prior to their Peabody. The NEA's support helped bring those projects to completion.

"We're so very proud that the NEA, on behalf of the American public, has been able to provide support for these exceptional projects that embody beautifully crafted storytelling and make these stories available to millions of people," said NEA Director of Media Arts Alyce Myatt.

The National Endowment for the Arts has supported media projects; film, video, audio, and other forms of digital and Web-based media projects since its earliest days. In 2010, the NEA awarded 97 grants totaling $3.19 million through its regular grants program, Access to Artistic Excellence, and an additional 53 grants and $4 million awarded through the Arts on Radio and Television category for a one year total of 170 grants and more than $7 million to support some of the best film and radio programs.

The seven Peabody Award-winning and NEA-funded projects are:

Great Performances: Macbeth (PBS) THIRTEEN for WNET.ORG, Illuminations Television Ltd. Director Rupert Goold takes Shakespeare's bloody tragedy on location to the countryside and the trenches to riveting effect.

LennoNYC (PBS) THIRTEEN'S America Masters, Two Lefts Don't Make a Right, Dakota Group A portrait of John Lennon's life and work, after he chose to make New York his home, it's beautifully composed and lovingly rendered but not blind to his imperfections.

Independent Lens: Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (PBS) Rezolution Pictures, National Film Board of Canada, CBC News Network, ARTE Germany, Documentary Channel Canada, Radio Canada, ARTV, Knowledge Network, APTN, AVRO, Independent Television Service (ITVS) A Cree filmmaker takes an affectionate but nonetheless pointed look at how movies have portrayed and misrepresented Native Americans over many decades.

The Moth Radio Hour (Public Radio Stations) The Moth, Public Radio Exchange, Atlantic Public Media Storytelling, likely the oldest art, is revered and reinvigorated by this weekly hour for everyday raconteurs.

Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia (PBS) Sikelia Productions, Far Hills Pictures in association with America Masters Director Martin Scorcese reflects on the nature of art's influence on artists and how the brilliant but controversial Kazan continues to inspire him.

William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (PBS) Art21, Inc. The multi-faceted Kentridge is creativity personified, a one-man seminar, and he gave filmmakers from ART21 a veritable all-access pass to his mind and work process.

POV: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the PentagonPapers (PBS) American Documentary, POV, ITVS A fascinating true-life political thriller, Ellsberg's remembrance of his historic actions is made even more compelling by the inventive presentation.

Film aficionados will enjoy an Art Works podcast with John Williams available on NEA's Art Works blog. The 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient, composer John Williams discusses the art of scoring films.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.