Stoning, Jamaican Odyssey Among Big LAFF Winners
The Los Angeles Film Festival wound down Sunday with the requisite awards news, highlighted by the Caribbean cruise odyssey Wah Do Dem (What They Do)'s selection as the year's Best Narrative Feature. The brutal, ripped-from-the-headlines Iranian drama The Stoning of Soraya M. (left) claimed the fest's Audience Award for narrative feature. The documentary jury chose the immigration saga Those Who Remain as the festival's best non-fiction feature, while the audience went with Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's nifty '70s-era concert-film revival Soul Power in the same category.
Both Wah Do Dem and Those Who Remain go away with $50,000 cash from chief sponsor Target, which will easily keep the filmmakers in shower curtains and Cherokee dress shirts for the rest of their natural lives. Congrats to all, and read on for a complete list of this year's winners.
· Target Filmmaker Award (for Best Narrative Feature): Wah Do Dem (What They Do), written and directed by Sam Fleischner & Ben Chace
· Target Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature): Those Who Remain (Los Que se Quedan), directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman
· Target Dream in Color Award (for Best Short in the Future Filmmaker Showcase): Lipstick, directed by Sam Rubin
· Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition: Shayne Topp, Dear Lemon Lima
· Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: The Stoning of Soraya M., directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh
· Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: Soul Power, directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
· Audience Award for Best International Feature: Born Without (Nacido Sin), written & directed by Eva Norvind
· Best Narrative Short Film: Time and Again, written & directed by Antonio Mendez Esparza
· Best Documentary Short Film: Replayground, by Anna Gaskell
· Best Animated Short Film: Skhizein, by Jérémy Clapin
· Audience Award for Best Short Film: Instead of Abracadabra, by Patrik Eklund
· Audience Award for Best Music Video: Grapevine Fires, by Walter Robot (Music: Death Cab For Cutie)