Tribute to Thérèse DePrez
Thérèse DePrez (February 17, 1965 – December 18, 2017) was an award winning film production designer. DePrez was born and raised in Rochester, the daughter of Gene and Patricia DePrez. Her work as designer of over 40 films included Arlington Road, High Fidelity, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Dark Water, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and Fighting.
In 2010, DePrez did the production design of the Darren Aronofsky thriller Black Swan. Aronofsky stated he had been attempting to collaborate with DePrez on many of his previous projects, but was unsuccessful until Swan. Her work on the film resulted in a Art Directors Guild Award and a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design at the 64th British Academy Film Awards. Her final film credits included Premium Rush, Stoker, Out of the Furnace and The Drop. In addition to film, she also worked on the set design for David Bowie’s A Reality Tour in 2003.
DePrez was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015. Finally cancer-free by March 2016, DePrez died of related complications and heart disease on December 18, 2017 at the age of 52. She was included in the annual In Memoriam section of the 90th Academy Awards.
High Falls Women’s Film Festival will honor Therese’s memory and legacy at this tribute ceremony as well as present the inaugural Therese DePrez Award for Outstanding Production Design to one of the festival’s films.
This event is free and open to the public.