'Hustle' rustles up pic nods
Craig Brewer’s Sundance standout “Hustle & Flow” won the writer-director award at the 10th annual Nantucket Film Festival, which ran Wednesday through Sunday.
Pic — snapped up by Paramount Classics and MTV Films in a heated bidding war this year at Sundance — was produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain. Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson and Taryn Manning star in “Flow,” the story of a Southern pimp who makes a bid to become a rap star.
Storytelling in a Documentary Film award went to “After Innocence.” Pic, by writer-helmer Jessica Sanders, profiles a group of wrongly accused inmates freed on DNA evidence who are trying to piece their lives back together. Crusading attorneys Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, founders of the Innocence Project, are also featured.
“Innocence” is being distribbed by New Yorker Films theatrically. Showtime, which backed the film, has pay cable rights.
Top aud award went to ThinkFilm’s “Murderball.”
Top honors for screenwriting went to James C. Strouse for “Lonesome Jim,” helmed by Steve Buscemi.