'Snow and Ashes,' 'American Jihadist': Slamdance Winners

Snow and Ashes - Charles-Olivier Michaud

The Slamdance Film Festival winners were announced Jan. 29. The Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Film went to Charles-Olivier Michaud's Snow and Ashes (above), in which a war correspondent wakes from a coma to discover that his collaborator has disappeared. The Best Documentary Film was Mark Claywell's American Jihadist. The synopsis below is from the Slamdance website:

American Jihadist is a look at militant Islam through the eyes of an African- American who fought and almost died for it. This is the story of Isa Abdullah Ali, a.k.a. Clevin Raphael Holt, an African- American Muslim from the ghettos of Washington, DC, labeled a 'known terrorist' by the U.S. Defense Department though he's never been charged with any crime. Ali fought for six years in Lebanon and Bosnia and was shot multiple times for, as he puts it, 'the pleasure of God by taking a stand to help the ill treated and oppressed.' What makes a person willing to pick up a gun for their religion? Are the underlying causes purely religious? Or might religious militancy be a means of addressing chronic social, economic and political issues? And what do the answers mean for the wider Islamic World? These questions underlie American Jihadist.”

The Wild Hunt - Alexandre Franchi

The Audience Award for best narrative feature went to Alexandre Franchi's The Wild Hunt (above). Here's the synopsis from the Slamdance site:

“A MODERN MEDIEVAL SAGA, The Wild Hunt tells the story of Erik Magnusson, a young man who decides to follow his estranged girlfriend Evelyn into a medieval re-enactment game when he discovers that she has been seduced by one of the players. As the down-to-earth Erik treks deeper into the game in search of his love, he inadvertently disrupts the delicate balance of the make believe fantasy-land. Passions are unleashed. Rules are broken. Reality and fantasy collide. The good-hearted game turns into a tragedy of mythic proportion…"

Adam Barker's Mind of the Demon: The Larry Linkogle Story. From the Slamdance website:

Mind of the Demon: The Larry Linkogle Story is a brutally honest look into the life and mind of one of the most out-spoken, forward-thinking, visionaries ever to come out of the motor-sports industry. Larry Linkogle is a world-record holding dirt-bike legend whose off-the-cuff antics and aggressive 'never sell out' attitude was the spark that kick-started the entire freestyle motocross revolution. But as the new sport took off beyond expectations, so did Larry's battles with his inner demons.

“A heart-wrenching account of the demise of the sport's most infamous legend, Mind of the Demon's timeline is told through incredible archival footage, and interviews with every top industry name. Past and present storylines intertwine to drive the film toward one of only two possible conclusions: the most unlikely inspirational comeback story of all time or a nosedive into a black hole of self-destruction.”

Photos: Slamdance Film Festival

GRAND JURY AWARDS

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film
Winner:  SNOW AND ASHES, directed by Charles-Olivier Michaud
Special Jury Mention: ONE HUNDRED MORNINGS, directed by Conor Horgan
Winner also receives three 8-hour work days from POP Sound in Los Angeles for Audio Post Production Services; Panasonic AG-HPX170 Camera; Sony Software Package

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film
Winner:  AMERICAN JIHADIST, directed by Mark Claywell
Winner also receives Sony Software Package

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Animated Short
Winner:  SEED, directed by Ben Richardson and Daniel Bird
Winner also receives Sony Software Package

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Short
Winner:  PRVI DAN MIRA (First Day of Peace), Mirko Rucnov
Special Jury Mention for a short documentary film: BOUT THAT BOUT, directed by Nico Sabenorio
Winner also receives Sony Software Package

 

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Audience Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film
Winner: THE WILD HUNT, directed by Alexandre Franchi
Winner also receives $5000 in Post Production Services from Post Factory, New York; $3500 in Legal Services from Pierce Law Group; Sony Software Package

Audience Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film
Winner: MIND OF THE DEMON: THE LARRY LINKOGLE STORY, directed by Adam Barker
Winner also receives $5000 in Post Production Services from Post Factory, New York; $3500 in Legal Services from Pierce Law Group; Sony Software Package

Audience Sparky Award for Best Anarchy Online Film
Winner: SUGAR STICK, directed by Laura Way
Winner also receives Sony Software Package

Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Short Film Award
Winner: MOSQUITO, directed by Jeremy Engle
Awarded by the Class of 2010 filmmakers to the film teams that best exhibit passion and talent, commitment to the independent community, and enthusiastically embrace all Slamdance has to offer.
Winner also receives Sony Software Package

 

SPONSORED AWARDS

Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography
Winner: GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9, directed by Robert Persons
Winner also receives 10,000 feet of Kodak film for the filmmaker to make their next feature

Dos Equis Most Interesting Film Award (and best Mumblecore film to NOT play SXSW)
Winner: NOTHING BUT EVERYTHING, directed by Wallace Cotten

Slamdance also presented the 1ST Annual Script Accessible Screenplay Award sponsored by Lonely Seal Releasing to ALL THE WRONG REASONS written by Gia Milani. The Script Accessible Award is part of  Slamdance's year-round Writing Competition that received over 2,500 submissions in 2009.

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