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‘Beast’ best in fest selection

Harjo screenplay wins narrative prize at Tribeca

Sterlin Harjo’s screenplay “Before the Beast Returns” won the top narrative prize Thursday night when the Tribeca Film Festival handed out awards for its third-annual All Access Connects section.

All Access was launched to foster ties between American filmmakers of color and film pros, including investors, production and development execs, agents and managers. Program arranged 550 meetings for its participants this year.

“Beast,” to be produced by Chad Burris and Ted Kroeber, follows a local loser trying to put his life back together while fighting ridicule in his small town.

Lacey Schwartz won the All Access docu prize for her work-in-progress “Outside the Box.” Pic is a personal exploration of mixed-raced identity.

Milton Liu took top honors in the screenplay category for “John Hughes Ruined My Life,” about a disillusioned thirtysomething looking for love.

Honorable mentions went to Shola Lynch and Ose Oyamendan.

Jury for the awards included helmers Dianne Houston and Karyn Kusama and thesps Ruben Santiago-Hudson and John Trudell.

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