Film maker Julie Dash will be presented a $1,500 first prize on Feb. 1 at the third annual Black American Cinema Society awards at the Ambassador Hotel for "Illusions," a drama about a black female executive (played by "The Cotton Club's" Lonette McKee) passing for white at a Hollywood studio during World War II.
Second prize of $1,000 will be presented to Iverson White for "Dark Exodus," a work in progress about the impact of a lynching upon a Southern black family of the '20s. Nate Thomas' "The Last of the One-Night Stands," a documentary on the reunion of Lee Williams' big band of the '30s and '40s, will be awarded third prize of $750.
Honorable mentions worth $100 will be made to Marlene McCurtis for "An Empty Lot," a surreal study of a black woman (Teresa Burrell) attempting to get in touch with herself through African dance; Brian Comer for "Sanctuary," a dramatic vignette about a wealthy couple overly prepared for robbers, and Ilene Sands for "For Colored Men Who've Had Enuf!," a brief, droll protest of black women blaming their problems on men. Thomas Wright's "Love Returns," a documentary on the black American response to African famines, was singled out for special merit.