2007 SXSW Film Festival Awards: 'Radical' lesbian comedy tops
The winners at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival, held in Austin, Texas, were announced on March 14. Jamie Babbit's Itty Bitty Titty Committee, about a young woman who becomes involved in the radical lesbian group CIA (Clits in Action), took the Best Narrative Feature award. Next, Itty Bitty Titty Committee will be screened at the opening night gala of London's 21st Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
The Special Jury awards in the Best Narrative Feature category went to two films:
- Ronald Bronstein's Frownland, “about a door-to-door coupon salesman who eats popcorn & eggs off the folded-out door of his kitchen oven.”
- Ry Russo-Young's Orphans, in which two estranged sisters reunite after the death of their parents only to discover they still have loads of personal issues to resolve.
'Billy the Kid': The Documentary
Additionally, Jennifer Venditti's Billy the Kid, a look at a quirky 15-year-old's coming of age in a small Maine town, was chosen as the Best Feature Documentary.
Runners-up were Michael Jacobs' Audience of One and Harris Fishman's Cat Dancers.
Audience of One tells the story of a Pentecostal minister who, after receiving a vision from God, sets out to make a science-fiction movie based on the biblical tale of Joseph, while Cat Dancers shows how the lives of Ron and Joy Holiday, “the world's first exotic cat entertainers in the 1960s,” were impacted when a third party – “dashing young Chuck Lizza” – joined the act.
Ronald Bronstein bio
Best SXSW Film Festival bio:
Ronald Bronstein has spent the last seven years three floors below street level in the dingy projection booth of the Museum of Modern Art in nyc. There, deprived of both sunlight and fresh circulating oxygen, he has screened and watched an average of 600 movies a year. This is his first time making one.
The 2007 SXSW Film Festival runs March 9-17. Below is the list of this year's winners.
2007 SXSW Film Festival Awards
Narrative Feature: Itty Bitty Titty Committee, director: Jamie Babbit.
Special Jury Award: Frownland, director: Ronald Bronstein.
Special Jury Award: Orphans, director: Ry Russo-Young.
Documentary Feature: Billy the Kid, director: Jennifer Venditti.
Special Jury Award: Cat Dancers, director: Harris Fishman.
Special Jury Award: Audience of One, director: Michael Jacobs.
REEL Shorts: Pop Foul, director: Moon Molson.
Special Jury Award: Clear Cut, Simple, director: Vineet Dewan.
Animated Shorts: Tragic Story with a Happy Ending, director: Regina Pessoa.
Special Jury Award: One Rat Short, director: Alex Weil.
Experimental Shorts: 27,000 Days, director: Naveen Singh.
Special Jury Award: The Lonely Lights. The Color of Lemons., director: Benjamin M. Piety.
Music Videos: Thom Yorke, “Harrowdown Hill,” director: Chel White.
Special Jury Award: Constantines, “Working Full-Time,” director: Drew Lightfoot.
Texas High School Competition: Murder for 9 Points, director: Brandon Day.
Special Jury Award: Daily Routine, director: Adela Escobar.
Narrative Feature: Skills Like This, director: Monty Miranda.
Documentary Feature: Run Granny Run, director: Marlo Poras.
Emerging Visions: The Price of Sugar, director: Bill Haney.
SXSW Film Festival website.
Nicole Vicius and Melonie Diaz Itty Bitty Titty Committee image: SXSW Film Festival.