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2016 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL MAVERICK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Best Narrative Feature:
Directed by: Oliver Schmitz
On Saturday, October 15, the 17th annual Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards Ceremony took place at the historic Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY. More than 500 filmmakers, film industry members, community leaders and audience members attended the event held in the heart of Kingston’s Uptown Historic District.
Awards were presented to exceptional films and honorees. Academy Award® winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu attended specifically to honor David Linde, who executive produced Iñárritu's Oscar-winning film, Biutiful. Linde was presented with the Trailblazer Award for his leadership as CEO of Participant Media, bringing films of social change before audiences everywhere.
Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman received this year’s Fiercely Independent Award from presenter Ben Foster, who starred in Moverman's 2009 film The Messenger. The prolific writer, director and producer went on to direct Rampart, Time out of Mind and the upcoming film starring Richard Gere, The Dinner.
Documentary filmmaker Leon Gast was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Gast's award-winning documentaries span topics from bikers to Dead Heads and prizefighters to paparazzi. His newest film, Woodstock: A Love Poem, was the closing night film of the festival, enjoying its world premiere at the Woodstock Playhouse.
Films from the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival were honored at the Maverick Awards Ceremony with presentations for Best Feature Narrative, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Short Documentary, Best Animation Award, The James Lyons Editing Awards in Documentary and Narrative, The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award for Best Female Director, the Ultra Indie Award, the World Cinema Award, the Carpe Diem Andretta Award, and the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography.
Listed below are the Competition Finalists and jurors for the various categories.
Gigantic Pictures Feature Narrative Awardwent to Oliver Schmitz's riveting Shepherds and Butchers. Competition finalists included Chronically Metropolitan, My Feral Heart, Paint it Black, The Drowning, and To Keep The Light.Jury members included William Horberg, Mary Stuart Masterson, Jonathan Gray.
Best Feature Documentary sponsored by The Bluestein Family Foundation was presented to director Matthew Millan for Stronger than Bullets. Competition finalists included Circus Kid, Kivalina, Magnificent Burden, Monster in the Mind, The Promised Band, Real Boy, and Women of Maidan. Jury members included Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman, and Nancy Abraham.
Best Short Narrative sponsored by Gigantic Pictures went to director Lluis Quilez for Graffiti. Competition finalists included Black Canaries, The Quantified Self, A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky, Rated, and Shame. Jury members included Lucas Joaquin, Logan Hill, and Isil Bagdadi
Best Short Documentary, sponsored by Films We Like, went to director Aaron Schock for La Laguna. Competition finalists included Pickle, Striking a Chord, and Suffering is the Easy Part. Jury members included Cynthia Kane, Diana Holtzberg, and Gene Fischer
Best Animated Short was presented to Andy Kennedy for Slow Wave. Competition finalists included Filthy But Fine, Look-See, Makeshift Satellite, Patti Smith - Blank on Blank, and Perfect Houseguest. Jury members included Joy Buran, Noelle Melody, and Peter Ahern.
The James Lyons Editing Award For Narrative Feature, sponsored by Technicolor Postworks NY was presented to editor Paul Frank Paint it Black. Competition finalists also included Chronically Metropolitan, My Feral Heart, The Drowning, and Shepherds and Butchers. Jury members included Sabine Hoffman, Barbara Pokras, ACE, Gary Levy, ACE
The James Lyons Editing Award For Documentary Feature, sponsored by Technicolor Postworks NY, was presented to editor Andrew Gersh for Real Boy. Competition finalists included Circus Kid, Kivalina, Magnificent Burden, Monster in the Mind,The Promised Band, Stronger than Bullets, and Women of Maidan. Jury members included Sabine Hoffman, Carla Gutierrez, and Mako Kamitsuna.
The Haskell Wexler Award For Best Cinematography, sponsored by Panavision NY, was presented by Mr. Wexler's widow Rita Haggart and cinematographer Ellen Kuras, to Leah Striker for lensing Shepherds and Butchers. Competition finalists also included To Keep The Light, My First Kiss And The People Involved, and Play the Devil. The Award winner, which was personally selected by Mr. Wexler from 2002-2015, was selected by Ellen Kuras.
The Ultra Indie Award, sponsored by Gray, Krauss, Stratford, Sandler, Des Rochers, LLP and Blackmagic Design. was presented to Ben Caird for Halfway. Competition finalists included Green/is/Gold, Halfway to Zen, My First Kiss and The People Involved, and Sensitivity Training. Jury members included Alicia Van Couverings, Joe Amodei, and Janet Grillo.
The World Cinema Award was presented to Neruda. Competition finalists included Clean Hands, The Fury, Junction 48, The Surprise, and Play the Devil. Jury members included Wendy Lidell, Claude dal Farra, and Lori Singer.
The Tangerine Juice Award for Best Female Director, sponsored by Tangerine Entertainment was presented by Catherine Hardwicke to Maria Govan for her film Play the Devil. Competition finalists included Girl Flu, Operator, To Keep The Light, and Sensitivity Training. Jury members included Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell
The Carpe Diem Andretta Award, which is presented to the film that best represents living life to the fullest, was presented to actors Karen Allen and Michael Cristofer on behalf of Year by the Sea.
Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg took Audience Award Honors for Best Documentary with an average score of 4.94 out of 5. The documentary premieres on HBO on November 21.
FIERCELY INDEPENDENT AWARD was presented by Ben Foster to Oren Moverman
Academy Award-nominated Oren Moverman, recipient of this year’s Fiercely Independent Award, is a prolific writer, director and producer. The Messenger, Moverman’s directorial debut, was the Woodstock Film Festival’s opening night feature in 2009 and was nominated for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Screenplay, as well as Best Screenplay and Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. As a director, his impressive lineup of films includes Rampart, Time out of Mind, and most recently, The Dinner, to be released in 2017, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Adepero Oduye, Chloe Sevigny, and Rebecca Hall. Moverman’s writing credits include Woodstock Film Festival Audience Award winner Junction 48 by Udi Aloni, the Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy, Ira Sachs’ Married Life, and the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There. Moverman was a producer on Joseph Cedar’s upcoming Norman and Ido Fluk’s The Ticket, and executive produced Junction 48, Love and Mercy and She’s Lost Control.
Presenter Ben Foster, who co-starred in Oren Moverman’s The Messenger and Rampart (which he also produced), is a prolific screen, stage and TV actor. He is currently starring in David Mackenzie’s critical smash Hell or High Water. In the last year, Foster has appeared in The Finest Hours, and as Lance Armstrong in The Program. Other notable credits include his debut film Liberty Heights, Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Alpha Dog, X-Men: The Last Stand, and 3:10 To Yuma. On television, he is known for Freaks & Geeks and Six Feet Under. He will be seen next opposite Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Ron Howard’s Inferno.
TRAILBLAZER AWARD was presented by Alejandro González Iñárritu to David Linde
The honorary Trailblazer Award was awarded to David Linde, CEO of Participant Media, a global company dedicated to media that inspires social change. Linde is a true visionary who has nurtured and furthered the highest quality of film and filmmakers, including such luminaries as Ang Lee, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Roman Polanski, Zhang Yimou, and Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón. His career spans production, global distribution and building companies from the ground up. He has played a part in such classics as Heavenly Creatures, Bullets Over Broadway, Pulp Fiction, Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardener, and The Pianist. Participants’ upcoming slate includes Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon; J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls; Pablo Larrain’s Neruda; Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans; Denial (starring Rachel Weisz); Middle School, based on James Patterson’s best-sellers, and Alex Gibney’s Zero Days. Linde has been recognized for numerous awards, including The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year, General Electric’s Chairman’s Award for Performance Turnaround,the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the 21st Israel Film Festival – Visionary Award, New York Magazine: Best of the Industry Award, and the Gotham Award for Distinguished Achievement, among others.
Presenter Alejandro González Iñárritu is the director of the 2016 Oscar-winning The Revenant, and Birdman, which won of three Oscars in 2015. Other career highlights include Biutiful, 21 Grams, Amores Perros, and Babel. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and was honored as best director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was presented by Barbara Kopple to: Leon Gast
The Lifetime Achievement Award honoree was presented to director, producer, editor, and cinematographer Leon Gast. Gast is probably best known for his documentary When We Were Kings, about the epic heavyweight boxing match, “Rumble in the Jungle,” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, which won the 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Prior to this he co-directed The Grateful Dead Movie with Jerry Garcia, and Hells Angels Forever. Other directing credits include Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa), Celia Cruz and the Fania Allstars in Africa, B.B. King - Sweet 16, One Love, and Soul Power. In 2012 he won Best Director, Documentary at Sundance for Smash his Camera, about paparazzi Ron Galella, and directed a second film on boxing, Manny, in 2014, about the boxing career of Manny Pacquiao. Before he became a filmmaker, Gast was a photographer for Esquire, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
Presenter Barbara Kopple’s celebrated films include Academy Award winners Harlan County USA and American Dream; Woodstock: Now and Then; Shut Up and Sing; A Conversation with Gregory Peck; My Generation; Wild Man Blues; The Untold Story of Mike Tyson; Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation; Running from Crazy, and most recently, Miss Sharon Jones!
The Maverick Award trophies are handcrafted by local artisan Steve Heller of Fabulous Furniture in Boiceville, NY.
We hope to see you at the 18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, October 11-15 2017
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