Sundance 2010 special jury prizes went to the following: Sympathy for Delicious, directed by Mark Ruffalo and written by Christopher Thornton, who starred as a recently paralyzed DJ hooked on faith healing (Orlando Bloom plays a rocker in this one); Josh Fox’s documentary GasLand, about the effects of natural gas on air and water; and Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath’s Enemies of the People, a chronicle of Cambodia’s troubled modern history.
Additionally, Tatiana Maslany won a special jury prize for breakout performance for her precocious teenager in Adriana Maggs’ Grown Up Movie Star.
The cinematography awards went to Zak Mulligan for Diane Bell’s Obselidia; Kirsten Johnson and Laura Poitras for Poitras’ documentary The Oath; Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat for their Argentinean drama about warring neighbors, The Man Next Door; and Kate McCullough and Michael Lavelle for Ken Wardrop’s Irish documentary His and Hers.
Editing awards went to Penelope Falk for Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s US documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and Joelle Alexis for Yael Hersonski’s German/Israeli documentary A Film Unfinished.
The Best of Next award (for films made for less than $50,000) went to Todd and Brad Barnes’ screwball comedy Homewrecker, the story of a romantic ex-con locksmith written by the brothers Barnes and Sophie Goodhart. The eight filmmakers taking part in this category voted for the winning film.
Other winners were Diane Bell’s Obselidia, which took the Alfred P. Sloan prize for a feature film with a scientific or technology theme; and Jeremy Konner’s Drunk History: Douglass and Lincoln and Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland’s The Six Dollar Fifty Man in the short films categories.