February 14, 2021
Stamps student Shira Baron (BFA ‘21) receives seventh annual Horizon Award, given to emerging female and non-binary filmmakers, for her short documentary film, De Sol A Sol. The Horizon Award is stewarded by a mentorship team that includes producers Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club and Mudbound), Lynette Howell Taylor (A Star Is Born and A Place Beyond the Pines) and Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry and Hedwig and the Angry Inch).
As a Horizon Award winner, Baron will receive a $2,500 grant and an all expenses paid trip to the Sundance Film Festival which she will attend in 2022 to meet with producers, filmmakers, festival programmers and others in the film industry. De Sol A Sol follows entrepreneurs Ricardo and Abraham, who have been ice cream cart peddlers on the northern shore of Chicago for upwards of 20 years.
“My film is a reminder that multiple truths can exist in the same place and that the simplicity of calling out to others is innately human. As a lesbian filmmaker, I am looking for alternative stories, subjects that strike my interest, but most of all, the opportunity to remind others that we are all calling out to be heard,” Baron said.