Nantucket, Provincetown fests hand out kudos
A correction was made to this article on June 30, 2004.Two beach-town Massachusetts film festivals wrapped this past weekend, awarding prizes in several categories. At the ninth annual Nantucket Film Festival, the top screenwriting prize for a feature went to “Down to the Bone,” Debra Granik’s drama about a working-class, drug addicted mother. “The Yes Men,” Chris Smith, Dan Ollman and Sarah Prince’s docu feature about an anarchic, underground group seeking to sabotage global trade picked up the audience award. Ruth Leitman’s doc about pioneer 1940s and ’50s female wrestlers, “Lipstick and Dynamite, Piss and Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling,” drew a doc award for storytelling. Sundance winner “Primer” garnered a writer-director nod for Shane Carruth. Further north on the tip of Cape Cod, the sixth annual Provincetown Intl. Film Festival awarded an HBO-sponsored audience award for best narrative feature to Michael Mayer’s adaptation of the Michael Cunningham novel “A Home at the End of the World,” starring Colin Farrell. Docu feature kudos went to “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train,” co-directed by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller and released by First Run Features. Kerry Weldon’s “Transit” received the short film award, while in Nantucket’s short category, “American Nutria” won the top prize and “Dysenchanted” was honored for screenwriting. Also at Nantucket, Jennifer Maisel received Showtime’s annual Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting for her unproduced script “The Last Seder.”
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