‘Interrupters’ wins at Sheffield doc fest

'Bombay Beach' receives special mention

LONDON — Steve James’ docu “The Interrupters” nabbed the special jury award at Sheffield Doc/Fest Sunday.

The pic, in which former Chicago gang members come together to fight crime, was praised by the special jury, which included Sundance Film Festival senior programmer David Courier and Artificial Eye managing director Louisa Dent, for its “powerful depiction of modern day heroes.”

A special mention was given to Alma Har’el’s “Bombay Beach,” which follows the lives of three residents in one of the poorest communities in Southern California.

Brit docu filmmaker Nick Broomfield was awarded the Inspiration Award, which celebrates a figure in the biz who has championed docus.

Broomfield, who has been making pics for more than 40 years, often with a crew of two, told the audience that he was “slightly embarrassed” to be getting this award as he “likes to think his career is just beginning.”

The Sheffield Youth Jury Award was given to “We Are Poets,” from Sheffield-based filmmakers Alex Ramseyer-Bache and Daniel Lucchesi, which follows the group Leeds Young Authors as they prepare for the prestigious poetry slam competish in the U.S.

Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons’ “Welcome to Pine Point,” a web story about the abandoned mining town of Pine Point in Canada’s Northwest territories, was awarded the Sheffield Innovation Award. While John Akomfrah’s “The Nine Muses” was given a special mention in the category.

The Sheffield Green Award went to Anthony Baxter’s “You’ve Been Trumped,” an investigation into Donald Trump’s project to build a golf course on one of Britain’s last stretches of wilderness, while “Up in Smoke” received an honorable mention in the category.

Meanwhile, the Student Doc Award went “Eighty Eight,” a short pic by Josh Bamford, Seb Feehan and Hannah Bone, which portrays 88-year-old Ralph Settle, a former roller skating, cycling and swimming champion.

The 18th edition of the five-day fest, which kicked off on June 8 with the European preem of Morgan Spurlock’s docu “Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” was the first edition since the fest moved to a summer date from its traditional November slot.

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