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Cinequest 18 Awards Announced

Sunday, March 9, 2008 -- The 2008 Cinequest Juries selected winners from over 150 films from 34 countries. Cinequest Executive Director and Co-founder Halfdan Hussey read the following statement: “They discovered myriad worlds that challenged, excited and surprised. Their job to find the top films was not an easy one, and reaching a unanimous vote was nearly impossible because the films truly affected them in many ways and heated debates were sparked because of the passion each felt for the stories that were revealed.”

NARRATIVE FEATURE
[img_assist|nid=10398|title=SUPERHEROES|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=140|height=88]Maverick Spirit Award (Cinequest's top prize)
SUPERHEROES
Director: Alan Brown (USA)

Best First Feature
IT'S BETTER IF GABRIELA DOESN'T DIE / MEJOR ES QUE GABRIELA NO SE MUERA)
Director: Sergio Umansky (Mexico)

Special Jury Award for Narrative Feature
                                                A BETTER LIFE / UNA VIDA MEJOR
                                                Director: Andrew James (United States/Mexico)

 

DIRECTORS AWARDS
[img_assist|nid=10400|title=THE TRAP / KLOPKA|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=140|height=94]Global Visions Award
THE TRAP / KLOPKA
Director: Srdan Golubovic (Serbia)

New Visions Award
WHO IS K.K. DOWNEY?
Directors: Darren Curtis and Pat Kiely (Canada)

 

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
[img_assist|nid=10403|title=AUTISM: THE MUSICAL|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=140|height=88]Best Documentary Feature
AUTISM: THE MUSICAL
Director Tricia Regan (USA)

Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature
DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER
Director: Kurt Kuenne (USA)

 

 

SHORTS
Best Student Short Film

MAMITAS
Director: Nick Ozeki (Chapman University)

Best Documentary Short Film
BROADCAST COWBOY
Director: David Washburn

Best Animated Short Film
PAPIROFLEXIA
Director: Joaquin Baldwin

Best Narrative Short Film
CENTIGRADE
Director: Colin Cunningham

AUDIENCE AWARDS
Audience Award for Best Short
PERSONAL SPECTATOR
Director: Emmanuel Jespers

Audience Award for Best Feature (tie-vote between)[img_assist|nid=10426|title=THE VILLAGE BARBERSHOP|desc=|link=node|align=right|width=140|height=92]
[img_assist|nid=10404|title=SHERMAN'S WAY|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=140|height=93]

SHERMAN'S WAY
Director: Craig Saavedra

THE VILLAGE BARBERSHOP
Director: Chris Ford

 

 

Audience Award for Best Documentary
[img_assist|nid=10401|title=DEAR ZACHARY|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=140|height=87]

DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER
Director: Kurt Kuenne

 

 

 

 

MAVERICK SPIRIT AWARD RECIPIENTS

[img_assist|nid=10427|title=DANNY GLOVER|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=116|height=150]

 

The following individuals received Maverick Spirit Awards at Cinequest 18 for[img_assist|nid=10425|title=MICHAEL KEATON|desc=|link=node|align=right|width=140|height=59] their Maverick careers in the film industry:

MICHAEL KEATON

MICHAEL ARNDT

BOBBY MORESCO

DANNY GLOVER

 

 

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS
First Place

SWITCHBACK
Writer: Bill Schreiber

Second Place
VERA
Writer: Caitlin McCarthy

Third Place
THE ORCHARD
Writer: Diane Stredicke

In addition, THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM & TELEVISION ARTS / LA continues to celebrate the filmmaking artistry of the short film by selecting top winners at festivals around the world. For the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival, the members of BAFTA / LA have chosen:

First Place Winner British Academy of Film & Television Arts / LA
SOFT
Director: Simon Ellis

Runners Up - Certificates of Excellence British Academy of Film & Television Arts / LA
RATTLESNAKES
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

CHIEF
Director: Brett Wagner

 

-- Susan Tavernetti

Comments (3)

How could these films be missed?????

Superheros was really a good film and deserved the top prize, but The Village Barbershop the audience award? Come on. I heard more people talking about the following three films than the Barbershop. Kinda entertaining I guess if you have nothing else to watch, BUT how could... Amal - shot in India on location with a first time director using very well known Indian actors. He shot this in INDIA on location!!!! Not somewhere easy like Napa. Half Empty - Shot in Germany on NO BUDGET! Most of the films dialogue was made up on the fly. The songs were clever and the story was fun and very original! The Art of Travel- They shot in four different countries with hardly any budget and they used known actors! It's hard enough to get known actors to be in an independent film in the United States, but to be in a film that shoots in four 3rd world countries? I take my hat off to them. And not to mention the film was entertaining and I didn't see the ending coming. These three films should be the Mavericks in their own right but a film that was shot in Reno, but actually Napa, come on. The filmmaker is from the Bay Area so he knew somebody at the festival to pull him a favor. Since the only other festival listed on the Barbershop website is the Sonoma Film Festival I guess they can count on another award there.

Half Empty & Art of Travel?

I don't see how anyone can compare these films to the award winners from any category. Half-Empty was by far, one of the worst films at Cinequest and the Art of Travel was a misogynistic, womanizing romp thgrough South America, filled with cliche, heavy-handed dialog, and flat, unintersting characters. In fact, these two films were so bad, that we all walked out of the theater laughing at how silly they were. So did many others. I was there for the duration of the festival and heard absolutely no buzz regarding any of the three films you mentioned. Films don't win awards for having low budgets or for being able to aquire B-list names. If that were the case, all sorts of shitty films would be winning awaards left and right.

No one pulled strings to get the audience award, either. The fact is, people really liked The Village Barbershop. I personally didn't care for the film, but it certainly is crowd-pleasing. Amal was decent, but the films that won were better, at least in the minds of the jury. Films are an art, thus subject to interpretation. Liking or disliking a film is very subjective and the jury made their choices based on their knowledge and experience. Audiences did the same. You shouldn't be upset about certain films winning or losing, that's just the nature of the film festival world. You should be happy that indie films are even being made. Sounds to me like you might be a disgruntled filmmaker who expected to win something.

Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father

Kurt Kuenne's “Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father” starts with a montage of one word statements from friends of Zachary’s father describing him, so that Zachary would know the kind of man his father was. It is very important for to a child to know the kind of person his parent was, when the parent has died while the child is very young. I was so mesmerized by the content of the documentary, that I could not take notes. It was compelling, thought provoking and leaves you speechless.

I think that Andrew Bagby, Zachary’s father, did not know that he was dancing with the devil and that he had on his hands, a real live example of a "fatal attraction" when he met and started dating Shirley Turner. She was a person who wanted to have all that the world could offer. Once he finished medical school, she was not concerned with what her lifestyle would cost him emotionally, nor do I think that she cared. No one was able to stop her from grabbing his heart and crushing it. She was emotionally unavailable to anyone who came into her life, almost as if she had to have what she wanted and needed at all cost. Her thinking was so convoluted that she thought that she was the only one who could care for Zachary. It did not matter what it cost anyone else, as long as it did not cost her. I think that she spent time meticulously devising a plan to make sure that if she could not have what she wanted, then she would leave behind only havoc. Nothing would be left, if anyone wanted to pick up the physical and emotional pieces. She had already thrown her other children away. She did not want Zachary’s grandparents to have the opportunity to raise him.

My hope is that the laws in Canada can be changed soon, so that no one else will have to go through such agony. The production values of this film were very good. They gave the audience a progression of the events that surrounded the sights and sounds of the past, present and the future of a family. The family and friends may have never dreamed of such a diabolical person wrapped in flesh. Because he was naive, Andrew was not aware that his romance was emotional quicksand.

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CINEQUEST is a vanguard organization that fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower, improve, and transform the lives of people and communities.

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