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‘Quincea era,’ ‘God Grew Tired of Us’ win

MATT JAMES Of the Record staff
Sundance Institute Executive Director Kenneth Brecher speaks at the Sundance Film Festival Award Ceremony. Photo credit: Scott Sine/Park Record.
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Sundance Film Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore spoke to the gathered festival participants on Saturday evening at the event’s Awards Night.

"The first group we’d like to thank is the people and businesses of Park City," he said. "It’s our home, and its going to stay that way."

Gilmore also gave thanks to the festival staff, and to the volunteers who spent the festival at work around the town. He also talked about reflecting on the film festival and the events of the week, the memories created and the moments festival goers would remember. He touched on what many believe is, in a way, the heart of the film festival.

"For us at Sundance," he said, "what we’ll remember is the filmmakers and the stories they told us."

The evening honored the best films at the festival this year and saw several films take home multiple honors. The two biggest winners were "Quincea era" and "God Grew Tired of Us." The latter film, directed by Christopher Quinn, scored both the Grand Jury Prize for documentary filmmaking and the Audience Award for documentary filmmaking, but it wasn’t alone.

Following in the same footsteps, "Quincea era" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for dramatic filmmaking.

"It’s been 12 years since I’ve had a film at Sundance, and it’s great to be back," said "Quincea era" director Richard Glatzer as he accepted the audience award.

The film represented quite a turn for he and his partner in the film, director Wash Westmoreland. While many independent filmmakers spend years finding actors, funding and time to shoot their pieces, Glatzer and Westmoreland came up with the idea for their film on Jan. 1, 2005. They wrote the script in three weeks, filmed it in March, and had the project in the can heading into the summer.

"This was a very little film," said Westmoreland. "It didn’t event exist at this time last year."

Also taking its share of honors was the documentary "Iraq in Fragments." While "God Grew Tired of Us" won the biggest honors, "Iraq in Fragments" took almost everything else, with the film’s director, James Longley, winning the Documentary Directing Award and the Excellence in Cinematography Award and the new Excellence in Documentary Film Editing award also going the film, honoring editors Billy McMillin Fiona Otway and Longley.

In the World Cinema categories, meanwhile, the Mexican film, "In the Pit," written and directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo, won the World Cinema Jury Prize for a documentary, and "13 Tzameti," a French film written and directed by Gela Babluani, won the World Cinema Jury Prize for dramatic filmmaking.

The World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary went to another Mexican film, "De Nadie," directed by Tin Dirdamal. The World Cinema Audience Award for a dramatic film went to a piece from New Zealand, "No. 2," written and directed by Toa Fraser.

After Glatzer and Westmoreland picked up their trophy and left the podium, the ceremony ended and the filmmakers and their audience filed out of the Racquet Club theatre, moving across the hall to the film festival’s closing party, where drinks and hors d’oeuvres waited. And while not all came away winners, almost everyone left the evening and the festival with some memories and a few new stories. The full list of winners: Grand Jury Prize: Documentary: "God Grew Tired of Us," directed by Christopher Quinn Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: "Quincea era," written and directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer. World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary: "In the Pit," written and directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo. World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic: "13 Tzameti," written and directed by Gela Babluani. Audience Award: Documentary: "God Grew Tired of Us." Audience Award: Dramatic: "Quincea era" World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary: "De Nadie," Mexico, directed by Tin Dirdamal. World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic: "No. 2," New Zealand, written and directed by Toa Fraser. Documentary Directing Award: James Longley, for "Iraq in Fragments." Dramatic Directing Award: Dito Montiel, for "A Guide to Recognizing your Saints." Excellence in Cinematography: Documentary: James Longley, for "Iraq in Fragments." Excellence in Cinematography: Dramatic: Tom Richmond, for "Right at Your Door." Documentary Film Editing: Billy McMillan, Fiona Otway and James Longley for "Iraq in Fragments." Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: for special achievement in writing: Hilary Brougher, for "Stephanie Daley." Special Jury Prize: Documentary: "American Blackout," directed by Ian Inaba. Special Jury Prize: Documentary: "TV Junkie" directed by Michael Cain and Matt Radecki. Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: for best ensemble performance: "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints." Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: for independent vision: "In Between Days," directed by So Yong Kim and written by Kim and Bradley Rust Gray. World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary: "Into Great Silence," written and directed by Philip Groening. World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Documentary: "Dear Pyongyang," Vietnam, written and directed by Yonghi Yang. World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: "Eve & The Fire Horse," Canada, written and directed by Julia Kwan. Shorts Jury Prize: tie: "Bug Crush," directed by Carter Smith and "The Wraith of Cobble Hill" directed by Adam Parrish King. Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking: "The Natural Route," Spain, "directed by Alex Pastor. Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking: "Before Dawn," Hungary, directed by Balint Kenyeres; "Preacher with an Unknown God, directed by Rob Van alkemade; "Undressing My Mother," Ireland, directed by Ken Wardrop.

For more information about all of the films listed, go to http://www.sundance.org.


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