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Awards Announced @ 23rd Annual Sedona International Film Festival
JOHN PAUL DEJORIA DOCUMENTARY, “GOOD FORTUNE,” CAPTURES BEST OF FEST AUDIENCE AWARD AT 23rd ANNUAL SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
“A Plastic Ocean” Adds Audience Choice to Director’s Choice Award
SEDONA, Ariz: Good Fortune, the rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story of one of the world’s most celebrated entrepreneurs, John Paul DeJoria – founder of Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Products and Patron tequila – won the Best of Fest Award at the 23rd annual Sedona International Film Festival.
Good Fortune, the Audience Choice Award for both Best of Fest and Best Documentary, tells the story of DeJoria, the son of Greek immigrants and a pioneer of “conscious capitalism” who uses his business to make the world a better place. DeJoria also received the Sedona International Film Festival Global Humanitarian and Philanthropist Award.
A Plastic Ocean, a full-length documentary exploring the fragile state of our oceans and the alarming truth about plastic pollution, which was named the Director’s Choice for Best Documentary Film, also won the Audience Award for Best Environmental film.
Blood & Glory, an inspired-by-real-events narrative feature about a South African man whose character exceeds his imagination, and Wild Prairie Rose, the story of a woman who returns to her rural hometown to care for her ailing mother and falls in love with a deaf man, tied for Best Feature Drama.
Grand Unified Theory, a Canadian narrative feature about a brilliant astrophysicist’s family whose meltdown sets in motion a hilarious series of events that mirror his radical theories of the behavior of the universe, was named Best Feature Comedy.
Slipaway, a narrative feature that tells the story of an eclectic elder with good intentions but extreme measures, received the Heart of the Festival Award.
Also during the festival, Cloris Leachman received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other Audience Choice Award winners were:
• Best Foreign Film: Under the Same Sun
The full list of Director’s Choice and Audience Choice Awards includes:
2017 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
Best of Fest: Good Fortune
2017 SPECIAL FESTIVAL AWARDS
Lifetime Achievement: Cloris Leachman
2017 DIRECTORS’ CHOICE AWARDS
Best Animated Film: Curpigeon
For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com.
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