'Sister Dorothy,' 'Wellness' take top prizes
Daniel Junge’s doc “They Killed Sister Dorothy” and Jake Mahaffy’s “Wellness” won the Grand Jury Awards at the SXSW Film Festival. “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” about the brutal murder of an activist nun in Brazil, also won the audience award.Mark Webber’s Philadelphia story starring Rosario Dawson, “Explicit Ills,” picked up the narrative audience award and a special jury award for cinematography for Patrice Lucien Cochet. “In a Dream,” Jeremiah Zagar’s doc on his father, mosaic artist Isaiah Jagar, won the audience award in the festival’s Emerging Visions category. The doc jury included Denver fest director Britta Erickson, journalist Dennis Lim, and filmmaker Ellen Spiro. The narrative jury was comprised of Sundance programmer Trevor Groth, casting agent Beth Sepko, and filmmaker David Zellner. Complete list of winners… Jury Awards REEL SHORTS Special Jury Award – “The Second Line,” Director: John Magary.
Winner – (Tie) “Warlord,” Director: David Garrett & “Small Apartment,” Director: Andrew T. Betzer ANIMATED SHORTS Special Jury Award – “I hate you don’t touch me or Bat and Hat,” Director: Becky James
Winner – “Madame Tulti-Putli,” Director: Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS Special Jury Award – “Upwards March,” Director: Kaveh Nabatian
Winner – “Safari,” Director: Catherine Chalmers SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD Winner – “Glory at Sea,” Director: Benjamin Zeitlin MUSIC VIDEOS Special Jury Award – (TIE) Group Sounds, ‘Temporarily in Love,’ Director: Randy Scott Slavin & Cornelius, ‘Fit Song,’ Directors: Keigo Oyamada & Koichiro Tsujikawa
Winner – TV on the Radio,” ‘Me-I,’ Directors: Mixtape Club & Daniel Garcia TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION Special Jury Award – “Inflections,” Director: Matthew Campbell
Winner – “Picnic,” Director: Wesley Bronez ON NETWORKS GREENLIGHT AWARD Best Original Production – “The Guild,” Director: Jane Selle Morgan
Best Original Series Idea – “Knock Off,” Written: Brandi-Ann Milbradt DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Special Jury Award – “Full Battle Rattle,” Directors: Tony Gerber & Jesse Moss
Grand Jury Award – “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” Director: Daniel Junge NARRATIVE FEATURE Special Jury Award for Cinematography – “Explicit Ills,” Cinematographer: Patrice Lucien Cochet
Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast – “Up With Me,” Director: Greg Takoudes
Grand Jury Award – “Wellness,” Director: Jake Mahaffy Audience Awards EMERGING VISIONS Winner – “In a Dream,” Director: Jeremiah Zagar DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Winner – “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” Director: Daniel Junge NARRATIVE FEATURE Winner – “Explicit Ills,” Director: Mark Webber 24 BEATS PER SECOND & LONE STAR STATES Winners will be announced on Monday, March 17th. The SXSW Film Festival runs through Saturday evening March 15.
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