The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival jury has spoken.
Best Feature: A World Not Ours, "an intimate and funny portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. This one was made by filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel about the Palestinian refugee camp where he grew up. The judges called it "highly personal and strikingly universal.”
The Big Sky Award: Uranium Drive-In, "the gripping story of a once-booming Colorado mining town as it grapples with the prospect of a return to the mining industry that offers a conflicting mix of economic prosperity and environmental and health challenges." Directed by Susan Beraza. The judges said, “The filmmakers took great care with the subject and the characters and the result is a powerful story about life in the west.” (They also got a cash prize of $1000 sponsored by the Montana Film Office.)
Best Short: The Record Breaker, "the funny and surprisingly heartfelt tale of Ashrita Furman, the man with the most Guinness World Records of all time." Directed by Brian McGinn. The judges called it, “witty, fast-paced and accomplished."
Best Mini-Doc: Eugene, "tracks the last days of a homeless man living in the outskirts of San Francisco." Directed by Jordan Olshanksy and Jason Stanfield.
(Both the Short and Mini-Doc films are eligible for consideration at next year's Oscars.)
Artistic Vision for Feature Film: Trucker and the Fox, directed by Arash Lahooti.
Artistic Vision for Big Sky: Transmormon, directed by Torben Bernhard.
Artistic Vision for Short: Prison Terminal, directed by Edgar Barens.
Artistic Vision for Mini-Doc: Adrift, directed by Frederik Depickere.
If you missed them, you can catch screenings of the winners at the Wilma Sun., Feb. 23. We also recommend checking out "Movies You Missed," which includes films that have been popular with audiences at this year's festival. Those include:
Art is War
Herd in Iceland
Shaped on All Six Sides
Mistaken for Strangers
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Beyond the Divide
There's always some gems in that lot. Those screen at the Crystal and Top Hat on Sun., as well. Visit bigskyfilmfest.org for a full schedule.