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2009 Edinburgh Film Festival Awards

2009 Edinburgh Film Festival: June 17–28.

After spending three years at a moon base extracting a gas needed to reverse Earths energy crisis, an astronaut (Sam Rockwell) is about to return to his home planet when he starts seeing and hearing things. His company has apparently come up with an eerie retirement plan of their own.

Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film: Moon directed by Duncan Jones

Best Performance in a British Feature Film: Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank

Best New International Feature: Easier with Practice by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Best Documentary: Boris Ryzhy by Aliona van der Horst

Best British Short Film: After Tomorrow by Emma Sullivan

Best International Short Film: Princess Margaret BLVD directed by Kazik Radwanksi

Scottish Short Documentary Award: Peter in Radioland by Johanna Wagner

McLaren Award for New British Animation: Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill

New Directors Award: Cary Joji Fukunaga for Sin Nombre

Audience Award: The Secret of Kells directed by Tomm Moore

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus Award: Humpday directed by Lynn Shelton

Jury: Director Joe Wright (president); film critic Claudia Puig; actress Sacha Horler; journalist and author Janet Street-Porter; and actor Frank Langella

Lauren Polizzi: Behind the Scenes Filmmaker Series

Art director Lauren Polizzi, whose credits include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Knocked Up, will be the next guest at the Palm Springs International Film Society's “Behind the Scenes Filmmaker” series. Polizzi will be present on July 14 at 7 pm at the Rancho Mirage Public Library (71-100 Hwy. 111).

Polizzi received an Art Director's Guild award and Emmy Nomination for her work on season six of The X-Files, an ADG and Oscar nomination for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, an ADG nomination for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and an ADG nomination as Asst. Art Director on Amistad.

She is currently working on Date Night, a comedy starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell.

For more information, visit the PSIFS website.

'Loren Cass' No Longer Undistributed

Kino International has acquired the theatrical release of Loren Cass (2007), directed, written and edited by first-time filmmaker Chris Fuller.

Nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award as one of the best undistributed films of the year, Loren Cass is finally scheduled to premiere in New York City on July 24 at the Cinema Village. The film will expand to other major markets during the summer and fall of 2009, before being released on DVD at the end of the year.

Filmed in St. Petersburg, Florida, Loren Cass is set in 1997, when a group of teenagers struggle to rebuild their lives following violent ethnic riots provoked by the (real-life) killing of an 18-year-old black adolescent, who was gunned down by a white police officer.

In the Loren Cass cast: Kayla Tabish, Travis Maynard (top photo), Chris Fuller (under the pseudonym “Lewis Brogan”), Jacob Reynolds, Mike Glausier, and Din Thomas.

Kino Lorber website.

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  1. Evan Sirkin

    Hi Lauren, Are you the same Lauren Polizzi who was a fellow traveler on the 1976 Valley Student Tours trip around the US? My good friend Brad Baumann and I met on that tour and we are looking for others who may be interested in celebrating the 40th anniversary of that incredible experience. Evan Sirkin

  2. Mathew Polizzi

    Hi Just curious as to where your relatives come from and do you know your family line. Kind regards

    Mathew Polizzi