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SXSW Film Festival Winners: Lena Dunhan, Guy Maddin

Brotherhood with Jon Foster
Brotherhood

Writer-director Lena Dunhan's feature-film debut, Tiny Furniture was the jury prize winner for Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, currently being held in Austin, TX. The film follows a young college grad (Dunham) who returns to her mother's TriBeCa home only to find herself mired in the same old routine. Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol was voted the Best Documentary Feature. Marwencol tells the story of a man who creates a miniature “fantasy” World War II town in his backyard in order to recover from a brain-damaging coma after he was badly beaten by five guys outside a bar.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Will Cannon's Brotherhood chronicles the emotional travails of a young man (Trevor Morgan) whose attempt to rob a convenience store – a last test before entering a college fraternity – goes terribly wrong. Jon Foster is also the in the cast.

Jim Bigham & Mark Moormann's For Once in My Life was the festivalgoers' choice for Best Documentary. The film focuses on the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, composed of mentally and physically handicapped individuals, as they get ready for “the concert of a lifetime.”

The 2010 edition of the SXSW Film Festival comes to a close on March 21.

SXSW FILM AWARDS 2010

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Winner: Cigarette Candy Director: Lauren Wolkstein

Runner Up: Teleglobal Dreamin' Director: Eric Flanagan

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner: Quadrangle Director: Amy Grappell

Runner Up: White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug Director: Travis Senger

ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: The Orange Director: Nick Fox-Gieg

Runner Up: One Square Mile of Earth Director: Jeff Drew

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

Winner: Night Mayor Director: Guy Maddin

Runner up: Kids Might Fly Director: Alex Taylor

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Cinnamon Chasers, "Luv Deluxe" Director: Saman Keshavarz

Runner Up: Grizzly Bear, "Forest" Director: Allison Schulnik

TEXAS SHORTS

Winner: Petting Sharks Director: Craig Elrod

Runner Up: The Big Bends Director: Jason William Marlow

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Winner: Give the Dog a Bone Director: Edward Kelley

Runner Up: The Sleep Project Director: Whitney Bennett & Matthew Cunningham

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD

Winner: Quadrangle Director: Amy Grappell

SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award

Winner: Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture

Special Award – The Chicken & Egg Pictures "We Believe in You" Award Martha Stephens for Passenger Pigeons

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: Feeder Designer: Joseph Ernst

Runner Up: Amer Designer: Gilles Vranckx

Audience Award Winner: Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission Designer: Michael Anderson

Special Jury Award: Equestrian Sexual Response Designers: Martim Vian & Zeke Hawkins

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Winner: Zombieland Designer: Ben Conrad

Runner Up: earthwork Designer: Stan Herd

Audience Award Winner: earthwork Designer: Stan Herd

Special Jury Award: Enter the Void Designer: Gaspar Noé and Tom Kam

Feature Film Audience Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner: For Once in My Life Director: Jim Bigham & Mark Moormann

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Winner: Brotherhood Director: Will Canon

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Feature Film Jury Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner: Marwencol Director: Jeff Malmberg

Runner-up: War Don Don Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Winner: Tiny Furniture Director: Lena Dunham

Special Jury Award – Best Ensemble: Myth of the American Sleepover Director: David Robert Mitchell

Special Jury Award – Best Individual Performance: Brian Hasenfus in Phillip the Fossil Director: Garth Donovan


         
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