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LEO AND JENKINS WIN TOP ACTING HONORS, AT THE 10TH ANNUAL THE METHOD FEST INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

 

 

Melissa Leo won the Time Warner Cable Geraldine Page Award for Best Actress for her performance in Lullaby, and Richard Jenkins took home the Charter Communications John Garfield Award for Best Actor for his role in The Visitor, as the 10th annual The Method Fest independent film festival announced its winners at the Awards Ceremony, Thursday night at Viewpoint Schools Carlson Family Theatre in Calabasas.

The performances this year in film at the festival exceeded anything we had seen before at The Method Fest. The overall quality of the films was also higher and some awards were almost impossible for the judges to determine, " stated Don Franken, the festival's executive director. More top quality films with breakout performances as well as career-defining performances by other actors made it the fiercest competition yet for Awards. There are so many emerging new stars this year at The Method Fest and this really brought more energy and excitement at the festival, Franken added.

The City of Calabasas Jury Award for Best Picture was presented to Unfinished Sky, directed by Peter Duncan and starring William McInnes, Monic Hendrickx, Milo, Bille Brown, Christopher Sommers, and David Field.

The Christie Digital Audience Award for Best Picture, was presented to Chain Link, directed by Dylan Reynolds.

The LA.com Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film went to Danai Gurira, (The Visitor), and the Stockholm Krystal Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film went to John Saxon, (Gods Ears).

Tom McCarthy, who directed The Visitor, was awarded the Modern VideoFilm Award for Best Director of a Feature Film.

The Daily News Award for Best Screenplay went to Rick Bieber, for Crazy. Bieber also directed and produced the film.

The Prudential California Realty Award for Best Ensemble Cast was presented to the cast of Familiar Strangers, directed by Zachary Adler and starring Shawn Hatosy, DJ Qualls, Cameron Richardson, Ann Dowd, Nikki Reed, and Tom Bower.

Special Recognition: Eduardt. Greece, directed by Agelike Antoniou.

The Corona Maverick Award for High Quality in Low Budget Filmmaking went to Harrison Montgomery, directed by Daniel Dᶩla.

Other winners include:

The jetBlue Airways Award for Best Short Indecent (directed by Matt Cavanaugh).

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Award for Best Foreign Film Corpo (Body), Brazil, directed by Rubens Rewald and Rosanna Foglia, produced by Rubens Rewald.

Special Recognition: This Beautiful City, directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly

The Viewpoint School Award for Best Actor in a Short Colin Cunningham, (Centigrade).

The Motion Picture and Television Fund Award for Best Actress in a Short Vanessa Born, (Sky).

The Bernards Award for Best Student Short A Days Work, directed by Rajeev Dassani from the University of Southern California.

The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Audience Award for Best Short Film Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre! (directed by Robert Cosnahan).

Special Recognition Awards

The Valley of the Stars Festival Directors Award for Excellence Chronic Town (directed by Tom Hines).

The Barefoot Winery Festival Directors Award for Breakthrough Acting Octavio Gomez Berrios (Harrison Montgomery).

The Award for the Best Ensemble Cast in a Short Film Last Day of Limbo starring Ian Abercrombie, Roby Bessent, Johnny Holiday, Matt Malloy, Patrick Thomas OBrien, Mark Pellegrino, Joseph Rigano, Rico Simonini, and Vinny Vella.

Special Awards presented before and during the festival:

Career Achievement Award: Richard Jenkins

Maverick Award: Melissa Leo

Future Filmmaker Audience Awards

Sony Future Filmmakers Award for Best Picture Michael Fishbein for Chope.

Final Draft Future Filmmakers Award for Best Screenplay Mike Toomy and Kevin Murphy for Chope.

Indieprinting.com Future Filmmakers Award for Best Acting Aaron Moody for Chope.

Special Recognition: Winters Hero, by Alexi Scuitto

About The Method Fest

Named after a famous school of acting, The Method Fest is the only major film festival in the U.S. focusing on acting, celebrating breakout acting performances in story driven independent films. The Method Fest takes great pride in being a discovery festival, looking to help launch the works of young fresh filmmakers and to discover breakthrough performances by young, bold new actors. The festival has also taken great delight in sharing career-defining performances of established performers and in showcasing a few chosen well-known directors to screen at the festival. The 10th Anniversary of the Method Fest screened 25 feature films and 52 shorts from U.S. and international filmmakers from March 27 April 3.

The Method Fest is presented by the City of Calabasas. Presenting media sponsors include Time Warner, Charter Communications, LA.com and the L.A. Daily News. Golden Reel sponsors include Corona. Silver reel sponsors include Prudential California Realty, Christie, Sony, and Country Inn & Suites. Bronze level sponsors include Bernards, Red Bull, Modern VideoFilm, Wexler, jetBlue, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Festival supporters include Ice Age, Pepsi, Leonis Adobe, Sagebrush Cantina, CalItalia Restaurant, Mi Piace, Flemings Steakhouse, Chapter 8 Steakhouse and Nightclub, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The Rack, Marias Italian Kitchen, FilmFinders, WithoutABox, Creative Industry Handbook, MoneyMailer, Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, and the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance. The Method Fest is an official Valley of the Stars Event. Information on the Method Fest is available at http://www.methodfest.com/.

AWARD NOMINATIONS, WINNERS HIGHLIGHTED

#1: LA.COM BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS FEATURE FILM

Nominees:

Diane Baker, Harrison Montgomery

Dinai Gurira, "The Visitor"

Allyssa Milano, The Blue Hour

Cameron Richardson, "Familiar Strangers"

Lisa Marie Schneider, "Lullaby"

Melora Walters, "Harrison Montgomery"

#2: STOCKHOLM KRYSTAL BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEATURE FILM

Nominees:

Bruce Dern, "The Cake Eaters"

Cole Hauser, The Stone Angel
Jeffery Scott Jensen, "Chronic Town"

Martin Landau, "Harrison Montgomery"

Aaron Poole, This Beautiful City

John Saxon, "God's Ears"

#3: CORONA MAVERICK AWARD FOR QUALITY IN LOW BUDGET FILM

Nominees:

Chain Link

Falling

Fix

Harrison Montgomery

Low

True Love

#4: MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION FUND BEST ACTRESS SHORT FILM Nominees:

Vanessa Born, Sky

Sharon Case, Repressions****

Tracey Costello, Spent

Sarah Jaye, Leave You in Me

Alana Kearns-Green, Le Retour

Angela Schnaible, Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre!

#5. VIEWPOINT SCHOOL BEST ACTOR SHORT FILM

Nominees:

Mark Arnold, Negotiations

Don Baldaramos, Indecent

AJ Bond, Hirsute****

Colin Cunningham, Centigrade

Justin Mortelliti, Negotiations

Robby Smith, Indecent

#6. COUNTRY INN & SUITES AUDIENCE AWARD BEST SHORT FILM

(No Nominees)

(Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre!)****

#7. CHRISTIE DIGITAL AUDIENCE AWARD BEST FEATURE FILM

Chain Link, Dylan Reynolds, Director

#8. ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR BEST FOREIGN FILM

Nominees:

Corpo (Body), Brazil

Eduart, Greece

Lullaby, South Africa****

Unfinished Sky, Australia

This Beautiful City, Canada

The Stone Angel, Canada

#9. SONY FUTURE FILMMAKERS AWARD BEST YOUTH, METHOD FILM Michael Fishbein for Chope

#10. FINAL DRAFT FUTURE FILMMAKERS AWARD Youth, BEST SCREENPLAY Mike Toomy and Kevin Murphy for Chope

#11. INDIEPRINTING.COM FUTURE FILMMAKERS AWARD ,BEST ACTOR,Youth Film

Aaron Moody for Chope

#12. BERNHARDS BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Nominees:

Coons (from USC)

A Days Work (from USC)

Long Shots (from Columbia University)

Pitstop (from USC)

Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre! (from AFI)

Security (from Columbia University)

** TENTH ANNIVERSARY BEST PERFORMANCES FILM PACKAGE (2-3 Mins.) (Colin)

#13. VALLEY OF THE STARS FESTIVAL DIRECTORS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE (Colin)

Nominees:

Candidates

Chronic Town

Harrison Montgomery

#14. BAREFOOT WINERY FESTIVAL DIRECTORS BREAKTHROUGH ACTING AWARD (Colin)

Nominees:

Alysha Aubin, Portage

Octavio Gomez Berrios, Harrison Montgomery
Alex Linz, "Choose Connor

Virginia Reese, "Falling"

Michael Worth, Gods Ears

Louis Zorich, "Running Funny"

#15. JET BLUE AIRWAYS BEST SHORT FILM

Nominees:

Centigrade

Deleted Scene

Use as Directed

Indecent

No. 6

Tres

#16. DAILY NEWS BEST SCREENPLAY - FEATURE FILM

Nominees:

The Blue Hour

Crazy

Choose Connor

Chronic Town

Lullaby

#17. MODERN VIDEOFILM BEST DIRECTOR - FEATURE FILM

Nominees:

Henry Barrial, "True Love"

Rick Bieber, Crazy

Peter Duncan, "Unfinished Sky"
Helen Hunt, "Then She Found Me"

Mary Stuart Masterson, The Cake Eaters

Tom McCarthy, The Visitor

Eric Nazarian, The Blue Hour

#18. PRUDENTIAL CALIFORNIA REALTY BEST ENSEMBLE CAST - FEATURE FILM

Nominees:

Choose Connor

Chronic Town

Familiar Strangers

The Blue Hour

Then She Found Me

This Beautiful City

#19. TIME WARNER CABLE BEST ACTRESS - FEATURE FILM

Nominees:

Ellen Burstyn, The Stone Angel

Monic Hendrickx, "Unfinished Sky"

Christine Horne, The Stone Angel

Helen Hunt, "Then She Found Me"

Ali Larter, "Crazy"

Melissa Leo, "Lullaby"

#20. CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS BEST ACTOR - FEATURE FILM

Nominees:

J.R. Bourne, "Chronic Town"

Mark Irvingsen, Chain Link

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor"

William McInnes, Unfinished Sky

Waylon Payne, "Crazy

Stuart Hughes, This Beautiful City

#21. CITY OF CALABASAS BEST PICTURE - FEATURE FILM

Nominees:

Chronic Town

Lullaby

This Beautiful City

The Visitor

Unfinished Sky

No votes yet

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