AFI DALLAS Announces Award Winners

Posted in Uncategorized by Wildworks on April 9, 2009

2009 AFI DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FOUNDING SPONSOR VICTORY PARK,
PRESENTING SPONSOR NORTHPARK CENTER
ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

“GIGANTIC” RECEIVES THE $25,000 TARGET FILMMAKER AWARD
FOR BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

“PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI” RECEIVES THE $25,000 TARGET FILMMAKER AWARD
FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“ST. NICK” RECEIVES $20,000 IN CASH, GOODS AND SERVICES FOR THE MPS STUDIOS TEXAS FILMMAKER AWARD

“CRUDE” RECEIVES THE $10,000 CURRENT ENERGY FILMMAKER AWARD

“PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD.”, “HUG” AND “CHICKEN COWBOY”
ARE NAMED WINNERS
FOR BEST SHORT FILM, STUDENT SHORT AND ANIMATED SHORT

AND

AUDIENCE AWARDS GO TO “SKIN” FOR NARRATIVE FEATURE, “ROCK PROPHECIES” FOR DOCUMENTARY AND “LUCY: A PERIOD PIECE” FOR SHORT

DALLAS, TX, April 2, 2008 – AFI DALLAS International Film Festival, Founding Sponsor Victory Park, Presenting Sponsor NorthPark Center, announces its 2009 award winners with Matt Aselton’s GIGANTIC as the winner of the unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature with Peter Callahan’s AGAINST THE CURRENT receiving a Special Jury Prize, and Paul Saltzman’s PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI as the winner of the unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature with Gustav Hofer’s and Luca Ragazzi’s SUDDENLY LAST WINTER receiving a Special Jury Prize. The awards were presented by Heather Matarazzo (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, THE PRINCESS DIARIES) and Elvis Mitchell (THE BLACK LIST), each of whom served on the Narrative Features and Documentary Features jury, respectively, for AFI DALLAS this year.

Presented by Current Energy’s Joe Harberg, Joe Berlinger’s CRUDE won the $10,000 cash prize for the Current Energy Filmmaker Award, while MPS Studios’ Mark Stephens presented MPS Studios’ Texas Filmmaker Award and $20,000 in cash, goods and services to David Lowery for his film, ST. NICK.

Kazik Radwanski’s PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD. won the award for Best Short with Honorable Mentions going to both Todd Luoto’s OIL CHANGE and Denis Villeneuve’s NEXT FLOOR. The award for Best Student Short went to Khary Jones’s HUG. Jurors John Magary and Bent Jorgen-Pearlmutt presented the awards. Reel FX Entertainment Vice President of Creative, Brandon Oldenberg presented the award for Best Animated Short to Stephen Neary’s CHICKEN COWBOY.

Anthony Fabian’s SKIN won the Audience Award for Best Narrative, while John Chester’s ROCK PROPHECIES won for Best Documentary and Julie Sagalowsky’s LUCY: A PERIOD PIECE won the Audience Award for Best Short. AFI DALLAS Director of Programming James Faust and Senior Programmer Sarah Harris presented the awards.

The winners of the jury prizes for Best Short, Best Student Short and the Audience Awards each receive production and scheduling software from Entertainment Partners.

Faust said, “This year, we were fortunate to have so many exceptional films that challenged the audience artistically and conceptually. It was a very competitive year in that respect and while we were all the beneficiaries of that, by its nature the jury had the difficulty of having to choose one film to honor over the others.”

Michael Cain, AFI DALLAS Artistic Director, added “In our third year, the city of Dallas and the international film community truly have begun to take note of the distinctive personality of this film festival – both through the evolution of our programming and what is becoming more accepted every year – the peerless presentation and hospitality that have been hallmarks of AFI DALLAS from the very beginning.”

JURY AWARDS:

TARGET NARRATIVE FEATURE: GIGANTIC
DIR:     Matt Aselton (USA)
Cast:     Zooey Deschanel, Paul Dano, John Goodman

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: AGAINST THE CURRENT
DIR:     Peter Callahan (USA)
Cast:    Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser

TARGET DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI
DIR:    Paul Saltzman (USA)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: SUDDENLY LAST WINTER
DIR:    Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (Italy)

CURRENT ENERGY FILMMAKER AWARD: CRUDE
DIR:    Joe Berlinger (USA)

MPS STUDIOS TEXAS FILMMAKER AWARD: ST. NICK
DIR:    David Lowery (USA)

SHORT: PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD.
DIR:    Kazik Radwanski (Canada)

HONORABLE MENTION: OIL CHANGE
DIR:    Todd Luoto

HONORABLE MENTION: NEXT FLOOR
DIR:    Denis Villeneuve

STUDENT SHORT: HUG
DIR:    Khary Jones (USA)

ANIMATED SHORT: CHICKEN COWBOY
DIR:    Stephen Neary (USA)

AUDIENCE AWARDS:

NARRATIVE: SKIN
DIR:     Anthony Fabian (UK/South Africa)
Cast:     Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige

DOCUMENTARY: ROCK PROPHECIES
DIR:    John Chester (USA)

SHORT: LUCY: A PERIOD PIECE
DIR:    Julie Sagalowsky (USA)


2009 AFI DALLAS JURY MEMBERS:

NARRATIVE FEATURE JURY includes:

Richie Mehta
Richie Mehta is the director of 2008 AFI DALLAS Audience Award winning movie, AMAL. The film has since received multiple Genie nominations in Canada.  Previous films include SYSTEM OF UNITS and ANAMIKA.

Heather Matarazzo
Heather Matarazzo is an acclaimed actress known for her award winning performance in WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE.   Heather is also know for her role in THE PRINCESS DIARIES series and HOSTEL 2. She has also appeared on hit TV series such as LAW & ORDER, LIFE ON MARS and THE L WORD.


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE JURY includes:

Elvis Mitchell
Elvis Mitchell is a former film critic for The New York Times, and is currently the host of KCRW’s pop culture and film interview program “The Treatment.” Mitchell recently produced THE BLACK LIST with director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The film examines race, culture and the seeds of success through portraits of 20 influential African Americans.

Doug Pray
Doug Pray is documentary filmmaker and the director of ART & COPY, which screened at the 2009 AFI DALLAS International Film Festival in the Documentary Showcase. Past films include BIG RIG, SCRATCH and HYPE!


CURRENT ENERGY EARTH FRIENDLY JURY includes:

Current Energy
Current Energy is a Dallas-based company that provides energy efficient solutions that are environmentally friendly. The company was founded in 2001, anticipating the impact that energy deregulation would have on companies, and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy in the fall of 2007 with an Energy Innovators Award.

MPS STUDIOS TEXAS COMPETITION JURY includes:

David Pomes
David Pomes is the writer/director/producer o COOK COUNTY, which won the2008 AFI DALLAS MPS Studios Texas Filmmaker Award.  David quit his job as a lawyer to film his movie in Texas.

Meredith Stevens/MPS
Meredith Stephens is Vice President of Business Development at MPS Studios and served on the board of the Women in Film- Dallas and the former President of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance.

SHORT COMPETITION JURY includes:

John Magary
John Magary won the 2008 AFI DALLAS Short Jury Award for his film THE SECOND LINE. Past films include OUR NATIONAL PARKS and SITE IN FISHKILL CREEK.

David Zellner
David Zellner is an Austin filmmaker whose movie GOLIATH screened at the 2008 AFI DALLAS International Film Festival. Past films include AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE, REDEMPTITUDE and FLOTSAM/JETSAM.

STUDENT COMPETITION JURY includes:

Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Bent-Jorgen Perimutt is the 2008 AFI DALLAS Student Short award winner for his movie THE VULNERABLE ONES (Les Vulnerables).

Ben Levin
Andy Anderson is an accomplished artist and filmmaker who served as Chair of the Art and Art History Department at University of Texas at Arlington, where he now continues as a Professor and Writer in Residence, teaching Introduction to Screenwriting, Advanced Screenwriting and the Narrative Film class.

ANIMATION COMPETITION JURY includes:

Henry Selick – Director, Tex Avery Award winner
Henry Selick is the director, production designer and screenplay adapter for CORALINE, the first stop-motion animated feature film ever produced in stereoscopic 3-D.  His feature film directorial projects, including the iconic NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.

Brandon Oldenberg/Reel FX
Brandon Oldenberg is Vice President of Creative at Reel FX Studios.

Reel FX Creative Studios, founded in 1993, is an award-winning creative studio where accomplished artists and preeminent technology converge to produce extraordinary creative solutions. Their services include visual effects, animation, design and creative editorial.

AFI DALLAS kicked off with the Opening Night Gala presentation of Rian Johnson’s THE BROTHERS BLOOM with Johnson, Adrien Brody and Rinko Kikiuchi in attendance on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at the AMC NorthPark in Dallas. The evening’s festivities also included the presentation of the AFI DALLAS Star Awards (designed from Steuben Crystal, courtesy of Neiman Marcus) to Brody.

Other highlights included a Centerpiece Screening of Guillermo Arriga’s THE BURNING PLAIN with Arriaga and Joaquim de Almeida in attendance, a screening of the cinema classic CHINATOWN with Robert Towne including the presentation of the AFI DALLAS Star Award to him prior to a special Q&A with film critic Richard Schickel and a special screening of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW with Peter Bogdanovich in attendance (and set to be honored with the AFI DALLAS Star Award the following day at the AFI DALAS Texas Day celebration). Also honored with the AFI DALLAS Star Award were Kathryn Bigelow, prior to a screening of her film THE HURT LOCKER and Rita Hayworth (presented posthumously), while Henry Selick was given the Texas Avery Award. The festival also featured Talk Show panels at the Nasher Sculpture Center and Speakeasy panels at the AFI DALLAS Festival Lounge.

The festival closed with AFI DALLAS Closing Night Gala presentations of Louis Psihoyos’s THE COVE and James Toback’s TYSON on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the AMC NorthPark in Dallas attended by the two directors.

Other notable attendees at this year’s AFI DALLAS Film Festival included Alice Krige, Jordan Ladd, Patton Oswalt, Rob Siegel, Devon Aoki, Robin Wright Penn, Justin Kirk, Jeremy Renner, Jason Ritter, Jess Weixler, Patrick Warburton, Elaine Hendrix, Tiffany Shepis, Monique Parent, Carlos Cuaron, Matt Tyrnauer, Lou Gossett Jr., Doug Pray, Tim McCanlies and Janine Turner.

Overall, the 2009 AFI DALLAS International Film Festival showcased 81 features and 96 shorts for a total of 177 films from 22 countries.

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AFI DALLAS Announces Closing Night/Texas Day

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on March 19, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AFI DALLAS 2009 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FOUNDING SPONSOR VICTORY PARK, PRESENTING SPONSOR NORTHPARK CENTER

ANNOUNCES

ACCLAIMED DOCS THE COVE AND TYSON
ARE DUAL CLOSING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATIONS

PETER BOGDANOVICH TO BE HONORED
WITH AFI DALLAS STAR AWARD

FESTIVAL ALSO ANNOUNCES
TEXAS FILM CELEBRATION
PRESENTED BY AT&T AND THE STATE OF TEXAS
ON APRIL 3RD

DALLAS, TX, March 19, 2009 – AFI DALLAS International Film Festival Founding Sponsor Victory Park, Presenting Sponsor NorthPark Center announces James Toback’s TYSON and Louie Psihoyos’s THE COVE will share the Closing Night Gala Presentation spotlight on Thursday, April 2.

AFI DALLAS also announces that film legend Peter Bogdanovich will receive the AFI DALLAS Star Award in recognition of his career achievements in cinema. The presentation will be made during a special Texas Day celebration of film that will honor the rich history of movies in the Lone Star State. Presented by AT&T and the State of Texas, the Texas Day events will take place at Victory Park on Friday, April 3.

James Toback’s critically acclaimed documentary, TYSON takes an intimate and unexpected look at the former heavyweight champion boxer, Mike Tyson and his life. Toback manages to get the brutal and embattled man to speak about such topics as his marriage to Robin Givens, his rape conviction and his 1997 fight with Evander Holyfield which ended after he bit Holyfield’s ear.

Louis Psihoyos’s equally lauded film THE COVE tells the story of Richard O’Barry, creator of the original FLIPPER series who became an activist on behalf of dolphins. The film follows the efforts of an elite team to expose the cruel treatment and wholesale slaughter of dolphin in a small Japanese fishing village.

Both films will screen on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at AMC NorthPark 15 in Dallas with the directors attending and taking part in Q&As afterwards.

Regarding the choice of dual Closing Night Galas, Director of Programming James Faust said, “We have always made the programming and presentation of documentaries at AFI DALLAS a huge priority and by highlighting two of the most powerful and intensely emotional films in that category released this year, we are simply underlining that effort for both the filmmaking community and local film fans alike. We are also thrilled to be turning the spotlight toward the upcoming edition of our sister festival, SILVERDOCS.”

Prior to the screening of the Closing Night Gala Presentations, AFI DALLAS will hold a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at AMC NorthPark 15. Awards will include the anticipated presentation of the unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Awards in the Narrative and Documentary competitions, $20,000 in cash, goods and services to the winner of the MPS Studios Texas Filmmaker Award, and $10,000 to the winner of the Current Energy Filmmaker Award.

A new prize package will also make its debut in 2009 for the winner of the Grand Jury Prize-Animation presented by Reel FX Entertainment and Mass Animation. Selected by a panel of Reel FX judges along with the AFI DALLAS Texas Avery Award recipient, Henry Selick (CORALINE, NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS) and special guest judge, Yair Landau (Mass Animation), sponsored prizes for the winner will include a computer system powered by an Intel® Core™ i7 processor presented by Mass Animation and Intel and an NFR copy of Autodesk® Maya® Unlimited 2009 software presented by Autodesk Media & Entertainment.

The final 2009 AFI DALLAS Star Award honoree announced, Peter Bogdanovich will be presented with the award by Texas Governor Rick Perry during the Texas Day celebration held at Victory Park on Friday, April 3.

Bogdanovich’s classic THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (for which he was nominated for two Academy Awards™) will screen as a preview to the new monthly AFI DALLAS series, “Book to Film” at the Nasher Sculpture Center on Thursday, April 2 with Bogdanovich and Timothy Bottoms in attendance. The celebrated filmmaker’s credits include notable titles such as DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD (1971), WHAT’S UP, DOC? (1972), PAPER MOON (1973), SAINT JACK (1979), MASK (1985), TEXASVILLE (1990) AND THE CAT’S MEOW (2001), as well as appearances as an actor in MR. JEALOUSY (1997), INFAMOUS (2006), BROKEN ENGLISH (2007) and THE SOPRANOS television series.

“Honoring Peter Bogdanovich and screening THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, which we feel is a quintessential Texas film, couldn’t be a more exciting way to enhance the conclusion of the film festival, nor a more appropriate choice to lead into our Texas Day celebration,” said Michael Cain, AFI DALLAS Artistic Director. “AFI DALLAS is proud to join forces with AT&T and Governor Rick Perry to throw the spotlight on the many film classics that were filmed in this states and the many wonderful film artists who call Texas home.”

As a capstone event of the 2009 Festival, the goal of the Texas Day Film Celebration is to promote and bring awareness to filmmaking in the great state of Texas. The event will kick off with a luncheon and panel discussion at the AFI DALLAS Festival Lounge in Victory Park, sponsored by Women in Film Dallas and the Dallas Producers Association.

With Governor Rick Perry and other VIPs in attendance, AFI DALLAS will host a cocktail reception at The House in Victory Park sponsored by the Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Studios at Las Colinas and the Texas Association of Film Commissions. Red carpet arrivals at AT&T Plaza, Victory Park will then proceed Governor Perry’s declaration of Texas Film Day and his presentation of the AFI DALLAS Star Award to Bogdanovich in recognition of his extraordinary career in film and the unique, signature style his films have imprinted on the canvas of Texas and modern cinema. A screening of Great Texas Moments in Film on the superscreens in AT&T Plaza at Victory Park will provide the crowning event of the ceremony. The evening will be topped off with a star-studded gala and celebration fitting for Texas at the Downtown Neiman Marcus. All Texas Day events at Victory Plaza will be free and open to the public to participate and enjoy.

AFI DALLAS also announces late additions to its schedule of films for 2009.
Those films include the following feature length films:

FROM THE DARK
DIR: Cliff McClelland and Tom Zembrod (USA)
The mysterious re-appearance of a girl that survived a massacre at the hands of supernatural forces spells doom for a group of vacationing teens in a cabin.

SUDDENLY LAST WINTER
DIR: Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (Italy)
Documentary profiles the struggle two gay men undertook on behalf of same sex civil unions in Italy.

TOREY’S DISTRACTION (WORLD PREMIERE)
DIR: Tisha Blood (USA)
Documentary focus on a girl born with Apert Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes skeletal mutation and her subsequent journey through childhood.

TRUTH IN 24
DIR: Keith Cossrow and Bennett Viseltear (USA)
Documentary profiles the Audi Sport race team as they attempt to win a fifth straight “24 Hours of LeMans” against Team Peugeot.

The following short films were also added to the schedule:

FIRE
DIR: Lou Frederick (USA)

JUROR NUMBER SIX
DIR: Rachel Lyon (USA)

MOONGIRL
DIR: Henry Selick (USA)

AFI DALLAS 2009 will run March 26 – April 2, 2009. Passes are currently on sale; tickets go on sale March 4. Passes and tickets will be made available via online (AFIDALLAS.com), phone (214.720.0663) and in person at the Box Office located at the AFI DALLAS locations at NorthPark Center and Victory Park.