Marty Sader’s druggie drama “Most High” took top feature kudos at the 29th annual Atlanta Film Festival, which closed Saturday.
Pic stars Sader as a young man drawn to crystal meth whose life heads downhill. Sader’s film previously won top honors at the Hamptons Film Festival.
Another fest circuit fave, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s “The Boys of Baraka,” took docu honors in Atlanta. Pic centers on a group of inner-city American schoolboys who travel to attend an experimental boarding school in Kenya.
Aud award went to “Emmanuel’s Gift,” Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern’s emotion-laden story of a young man from Ghana born with a deformed leg who grows up to be an athlete and national hero. Inspirational pic is narrated by Oprah Winfrey.
Atlanta fest was produced by the Image Film & Video Center and screened over 150 pics from around the world.
Event was bookended by two Sundance standouts, Craig Brewer’s “Hustle & Flow” and Miranda July’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know.”