Director Julie Taymor honored at NY film festival

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Posted: Apr 30, 2011 2:48 PM
Director Julie Taymor honored at NY film festival

Despite the troubles with Broadway's "Spider-Man," for director Julie Taymor, "Failure is Impossible."

That's the name of the award she received Friday at the George Eastman House Film Festival in Rochester, N.Y.

Past winners of its Susan B. Anthony "Failure is Impossible" award have included Lynn Redgrave and Angela Bassett.

Taymor won a Tony for her work in "The Lion King."

She wasn't as lucky with "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," a $65 million musical with aerial stunts dogged by accidents that injured five cast members. The producers have ousted Taymor. Previews for an altered show are scheduled to start on May 12.

The 58-year-old Taymor told the Rochester audience that "anyone who gets anything done in this world forgets about failure ... and sticks to their heart and vision."