The second annual Method Fest, a Pasadena-based festival celebrating character-driven independent film, singled out thesps Hill Harper and Robin Deardon for their breakout performances in “The Visit” and “Last Chance,” respectively for kudos. Harper garnered the fest’s John Garfield Award; Deardon took home the Geraldine Page Award.
Other nods at the fest, which ran June 16-23, went to Brent Glenen (“Rollercoaster”) as supporting actor, Marla Gibbs (“The Visit”) for supporting actress, Allen Garfield (“Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta”) and Tippi Hedren (“Mulligans”) as actors in a short film, Bryan Cranston (“Last Chance”) for directing, Louis Belanger (“Post Mortem”) for screenplay and Mark Lazard (“Stanley’s Gig”) for feature.
In addition, the AtomBomb.com award for best short went to Greg Durbin (“Boundaries”). Stephan Erickson (“Stonecutter”) took the CFI Maverick Award for quality in a low-budget film. The Rusnak Jaguar Award for audience favorite feature film went to Jordan Walker-Pearlman for “The Visit,” while “Mutual Love Life,” directed by Robert Peters, received the Fuji Film audience award for favorite short film.
Catherine Jelski (“The Young Unknowns”) and Mark Anthony Galluzzo (“Trash”) were feted with special festival awards – Jelski for directing and Galluzzo for best film.