‘Tully’ tops at indie festival

'River,' 'Rope' also honored at LAIFF

At Yamashiro restaurant overlooking Hollywood, the sixth annual Los Angeles Independent Film Festival feted the dramatic film “What Happened to Tully” on Tuesday morning plus the docs “Keep the River on Your Right” and “Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope,” among other films.

The fest, which screened 35 features and 45 shorts and attracted some 30,000 attendees over its six-day run, concluded late Tuesday with the world premiere of “Big Eden,” directed by Thomas Bezucha.

The critics prize went to “What Happened to Tully,” directed by Hilary Birmingham and produced by Birmingham and Annie Sundberg. Birmingham also nabbed the best director award.

David and Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s “Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale” seized the special jury citation, while the audience award went to “Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope,” directed by Steven Cantor and produced by Cantor and Daniel Laikind.

Scribe William Blake Herron received the best writer award for “A Texas Funeral.”

Jason Reitman, Ivan’s son, won the audience award for best short with “In God We Trust.”

Also in the morning ceremony, the indie supporter award was presented to Mark Pogachefsky and the film division of his publicity firm, mPRm.

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