‘Architect,’ ‘Game’ top Silverdocs

Short film 'Billy' also takes audience award

HOLLYWOOD — Docus “My Architect,” about the life of architect Louis I. Kahn, and “This Is a Game Ladies,” a college hoops feature helmed by Peter Schnall, nabbed top honors at the American Film Institute/Discovery Channel’s inaugural Silverdocs Festival.

Fest, held at AFI’s new Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md., wrapped Sunday after a five-day run.

Seven winners, pooled from more than 1,000 entries from 68 countries, were tapped by the fest’s jury, comprised of documentarians and professors. Seventy docus competed this year at Silverdocs.

“My Architect,” by Kahn’s illegitimate son Nathaniel Kahn, was feted with the Sterling Award — the top nod for a feature — while Schnall’s pic, which tags along for a season with the Rutgers U. women’s basketball team, took the audience award feature prize. Taking the audience nod for a short film was “Billy,” directed by Kerrie Yost.

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Also feted was “Collateral Damages,” an intimate depiction of 9/11 by Etienne Sauret, which received the jury prize. Meanwhile, the shorts “Welcome. A Docujourney of Impressions” by American helmer Almudena Carracedo; “Prosto Zhizn” (“Life as It Is”), helmed by Russian Marina Razbezhkina; and “Harfhayat Ra Penhan Kon (“Hide Your Words”), from Iranian helmer Behnam Behzadi, won Sterling Award certificates of merit.