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‘Teena’ tops at Great Plains

'Road,' 'Hill' take nods

The writing-directing team of Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir have received yet another honor, as their 1998 docu, “The Brandon Teena Story,” came away with the grand prize at the Great Plains Film Festival July 30.

“Brandon” recounts the story of the rape and murder of a Nebraska woman who chose to live as a man.

The film has already garnered several accolades, such as the 1998 Teddy Award for best documentary at the Berlin Film Festival.

Other Great Plains Fest honorees include best docu feature winner “Road to Return,” a Leslie Neale film, narrated by Tim Robbins, which looks at the prison rehabilitation system, and Bradley Beesley’s “Hill Stomp Holler,” winner of the Rainbow Award for best representation of Great Plains heritage. Latter pic explores the world of small record labels and Mississippi blues and punk rock.

Great Plains Fest is a biennial regional competition for independent filmmakers sponsored by the Mary Riepma Ross Film Theater and the Nebraska Film Office.

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