Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has given rising moviemaker JASON MUSANTE KLEIN's career a big boost after awarding him a $50,000 (£31,250) cheque for his work on short film THE PERFECT TIME.
Spacey set up the website Triggerstreet.com in 2002 to give budding directors the chance to gain major exposure and backing for their movie projects.
Klein's tale of memory and longing attracted the attention of Spacey and fellow Triggerstreet awards judges Laurence Fishburne and British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, landing it the top honour.
Sunday's (01Nov09) presentation to Klein was also a first for Triggerstreet.com - it was the biggest cash prize Spacey's organisation has handed out to date, reports the New York Post.