February 21, 2010

Awards Roundup: February 16-21, 2010

Amid the hoopla of the Winter Olympics, Awards Season continues, and Festival Circuit 2010 is chugging through Month Two. After splitting the critics awards with Anvil! The Story of Anvil, The Cove has continued its dominance of the guild awards, with Mark Monroe taking home the Writers Guild Award for Documentary Screenplay. Among other recently concluded festivals, Lucy Walker's Waste Land followed up its Audience Award win at Sundance with an Audience Prize at the
Berlinale, as well as an Amnesty International Prize there. Among the winners at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana included Lixin Fan's Last Train Home; Josh Fox's Gasland, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash's Sweetgrass.


1)   Awards


AARP The Magazine Movies for Grownups Awards
Best Documentary: The Way We Get By (Dir.: Aron Gaudet; Prod.: Gita Pullapilly)
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Dirs.: Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir)
Gotta Dance! (Dir./Prod.: Dori Berinstein)
The Philosopher Kings (Dir.: Patrick Shen)
Still Bill (Dirs.: Damani Baker, Alex Vlack)


Cinema Tropical Top Ten Latin American Films of the Last Decade
The lone doc on the list: 5) Onibus 174 (Bus 174) (Dir.: Jose Padilha; Brazil, 2002)

International Cinephile Society
Best Documentary: The Beaches of Agnès (Dir.: Agnès Varda)
Runner-up: Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Dir.: Sacha Gervasi)


Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards:
Documentary Screenplay: The Cove (Written by Mark Monroe)
Television--Documentary--Current Events: Frontline: The Madoff Affair (Written by Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith; PBS)
Television-Documentary--Other Than Current Events: American Experience: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer  (Written by David Grubin; PBS).




2) Festivals


Berlinale--Berlin International Film Festival
Panorama Section--Audience Prize: Waste Land (Dir.: Lucy Walker)
Second Prize: Budrus (Dir.: Julia Bacha)
Third Prize: Daniel Schmid--Le chat qui pense (Dir.: Benny Jaberg)
Ecumenical Jury Prize-Forum: Aisheen (Still Alive in Gaza) (Dir.: Nicolas Wadimoff)
Amnesty International Film Prize--ex aequo: Waste Land (Dir.: Lucy Walker)
Teddy Queer Film Award--Best Documentary Film: La bocca del lupo (The Mouth of the Wolf) (Dir.: Pietro Marcello)


Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Best Feature Award: Last Train Home (Dir.: Lixin Fan)
Artistic Vision Award: Gasland (Dir.: Josh Fox)
Big Sky Award: Next Year Country (Dir.: Joseph Aguirre)
Artistic Excellence Award: Sweetgrass (Recorders.: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ilisa Barbash)
Best Short Film Award: Danza Del Viejo Inmigrante (The Old Immigrants Dance) (Dir.: Charlene Music)
Artistic Excellence Award: Never Enough (Dir.: Kelly Anderson)
Mini Doc Award (best film under 15 minutes):  Found (Dir.: Paramita Nath)
Artistic Excellence Award: A Film About My Parish 6 Farms (Dir.: Tony Donoghue)
Programmers Choice Award-- Excellence in Cinematography: Salt (Dir.: Michael Angus); The Sun Ship Game (Dir.: Robert Drew)
Programmers Choice Award-- Excellence in Editing: Milltown, Montana (Dir.: Rainer Komer)
Programmers Choice Award-Natural Facts Award: There Once Was An Island (Dir.: Briar March)