‘Other People,’ ‘Life Animated’ Win Nantucket Film Festival Awards

Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Other People” and documentary “Life, Animated” took the top prizes at the 21st annual Nantucket Film Festival, which wraps Monday.

The festival’s audience award for narrative feature went to the drama “Other People,” starring Molly Shannon, Jesse Plemons and Zach Woods. The pic, written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” scribe Chris Kelly, tells the story of a gay “SNL” writer who runs into family conflict after he returns home to be with his mother as she’s dying of cancer.

“Life, Animated” is a documentary from Roger Ross Williams that tells the story of a boy on the autism spectrum who overcomes his inability to communicate through his deep affection for Disney animated movies.

Other winners at the fest included docu short “Joe’s Violin,” from director Kahane Cooperman.

The runner-up for narrative feature was Viggo Mortensen starrer “Captain Fantastic.” “Tickled” was the runner-up for documentary.

“We’re tremendously proud of this year’s festival, from the engaging array of films and signature programs to our highly supportive audiences who spent five days enjoying our lineup and the glorious Nantucket sunshine,” said fest exec director Mystelle Brabbee and program director Basil Tsiokos.

(Pictured: “Life, Animated”)

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