SXSW: ‘Transpecos,’ ‘Tower’ Win Audience Awards

Courtesy of SXSW Film Festival

Transpecos,” a tense thriller about three U.S.-Mexico border patrol agents who find themselves caught up in the drug trade, has won the audience award for narrative features at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. The film, which stars Gabriel Luna, Johnny Simmons and Clifton Collins Jr., marks the feature debut of the director and co-writer Greg Kwedar.

Keith Maitland’s “Tower,” a formally inventive consideration of the 1966 sniper shootings at the U. of Texas at Austin, was the audience’s favorite film in the documentary feature competition. It added to its already sizable stash of awards, including the documentary grand jury prize and the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award, given annually to a Texas-produced film of exceptional merit.

The audience awards, announced on Saturday, honored films across all categories of the festival. The winners included Jean-Marc Vallee’s Toronto-premiered “Demolition,” which screened in the starry Headliners slate; Matthew Newton’s immigrant-youth drama “From Nowhere,” in Narrative Spotlight; and “Mr. Gaga,” Tomer Heymann’s portrait of the Israeli dancer-choreographer Ohad Naharin, in Documentary Spotlight.

The full list of audience-award winners follows:


Narrative feature competition: “Transpecos” (Greg Kwedar)

Documentary feature competition: “Tower” (Keith Maitland)

Headliners: “Demolition” (Jean-Marc Vallee)

Narrative Spotlight: “From Nowhere” (Matthew Newton)

Documentary Spotlight: “Mr. Gaga” (Tomer Heymann)

Visions: “Jules and Dolores” (Caito Ortiz)

Midnighters: “I Am a Hero” (Shinsuke Sato)

Episodic: “Vice Principals” (Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride)

24 Beats Per Second: “Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke” (Brenda Greene Mitchell, Sam Wainwright Douglas)

SXGlobal: “Ghostland” (Simon Stadler)

Festival Favorites: “Gleason” (Clay Tweel)

Excellence in Title Design: “We Are X” (Allison Brownmoore of Blue Spill)