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‘American Wrestler’ Tops Boston’s Film Festival Awards

Boston’s Film Festival handed out its awards, crowning “American Wrestler: The Wizard” the big winner.

The 80s-set drama — which stars Jon Voight and William Fichtner in the true story of a teen who escaped Iran only to face hostility in America — claimed four major awards, including Best Film, Screenplay, Best Ensemble Cast and Breakout performance. “Finding Oscar” won Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Editing. Three local films also received high praise; “Delinquent,” “SearchDog,” and “Unforgotten:  The Story of Paul Pender.”  The Mass Impact award went to Participant Media’s “Midsummer in Newtown.”

The festival — which recognizes filmmakers with New England origins — was held last month at theaters throughout the Boston area.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film: “American Wrestler: The Wizard” (ESX Entertainment)

Best Actress: Angela Pierce, “Delinquent”

Best Actor: Alex Shaffer, “Delinquent”

Best Ensemble Cast: “American Wrestler: The Wizard”  Jon Voight, William Fichtner, Ali Afshar Kevin G. Schmidt, Lia Marie Johnson, Gabriel Basso, George Kosturos

Breakout Performance: George Kosturos. “American Wrestler: The Wizard”

Best Documentary: “Finding Oscar” Kennedy Marshall

Best Short: “Boat People” Director, Markus Kaatsch

Best Screenplay: “American Wrestler: The Wizard” Brian Rudnick

Best Story: “Underfire Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro”  Max Lewkowicz, Valerie Thomas  (Cargo Films/HBO)

Best Director: Ryan Suffern, “Finding Oscar”

Special Jury Recognition:  Lloyd Kramer, “Midsummer in Newtown”

Best Cinematography: Scott Shelley, “Underwire”

Best Editing: “Finding Oscar”

Mass Impact: “Midsummer in Newtown” Director, Lloyd Kramer  (Participant Media)

Mass Impact: Special Jury Recognition, “Unforgotten: The Story of Paul Pender”

Best Music: “Bang! The Bert Berns Story” Director, Brett Burns, Bob Sarles

Audience Award: “SearchDog” Director, Mary Healey Jamiel

Visionary Award: Alan Watt, “Interior Night”

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