Noteworthy names round out the special prizes

Acure Someone to Watch Award: Runners up

Laurel Nakadate, “The Wolf Knife”
“The Wolf Knife” marks Nakadate’s second feature film. Pic explores two adolescent girls’ conflicted relationship through a voyeuristic style and expressive use of color. Nakadate’s work has been said to “have an obvious edge of sexual tension … and a persistent sense of unease.”

Hossein Keshavarz, “Dog Sweat”
Keshavarz’s feature film debut, which he co-produced, co-wrote, co-edited and directed, preemed at the 2010 L.A. Film Fest to strong reviews Pic follows the lives of seven young Iranians in an oppressive and conservative Islamic society.

Piaget Producers Award Award: Runners up

In-Ah Lee, “Au Revoir Taipei”
In-Ah Lee, based in Los Angeles and Cologne, Germany, was a founder of Greenskyfilms, which specializes in international co-productions and German independent cinema. “Au Revoir Taipei” won the NETPAC Asian Film Award at the 2010 Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

Adele Romanski, “The Myth of the American Sleepover”
Film preemed at 2010 SXSW and was awarded the special jury prize for best ensemble, then made its international debut at Cannes. Romanski has also produced “The Freebie” and is developing a new script with Mitchell called “Ella Walks the Beach.”

Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award: Runners up

Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, “Sweetgrass”
The filmmakers approached their cowboy subjects as “recordists” and anthropologists to create a visual poem of cultural and historical shifts.

Lynn True, Nelson Walker, “Summer Pasture”
Doc, which follows Tibetan nomads, won Palm Springs Intl. Film Fest’s award for new documentary. Apolitical film focuses on the issue of whether or not the 4,000 year-old nomadic tradition will last beyond the next 20 years.


More on the Spirit Awards
Our movies, ourselves | Someone to Watch Award: Mike Ott | Producers Award: Anish Savjani | Truer Than Fiction Award: Jeff Malmberg | The Runner-ups

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