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‘Marine Story’ lauded at Outfest

Story of servicewoman wins trio of awards

Ned Farr’s drama “A Marine Story” has taken a trio of trophies at Outfest, including Best U.S. Feature, Best Actress for Dreya Weber and the Feature Audience Award.

Weber stars in “Story” as a recently discharged servicewoman mentoring a young woman who must join the military.

The awards were announced on Sunday, final day of the 11-day event, now in its 28th year. Outfest screened 60 features and 87 shorts from 23 countries and closed Sunday night with J.B. Ghuman’s debut feature “Spork.”

Comedy “BearCity” won a pair of Grand Jury awards — Stephen Guarino for actor in a feature film and Douglas Langway and Lawrence Ferber for screenwriting.

The Grand Jury International Feature trophy went to James Kent for “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister”; Documentary Feature award to Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara for “Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields”; Narrative Short Film to Magnus Monk for “Samaritan” and Documentary Short Film to Lucia Von Horn Pagano for “Close (Pod Bluzka).”

Audience Award for First Narrative Feature went to Jacob Chase for “The Four-Faced Liar.” Michelle Lawler won the Documentary Feature audience award for “Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight”; Gina Hirsch won Narrative Short Film for “You Move Me” and Jonathan Skurnik won the Documentary Short Film trophy for “I’m Just Anneke.”

Outfest also awarded three special programming awards with the Freedom kudo to Leanne Pooley for “The Topp Twins”; Artistic Achievement given to Javier Fuentes-Leon for “Undertow” and the Emerging Talent trophy to actor Drew Droege.

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