Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers's Fort Tilden
The core of the film festival portion of SXSW culminated Tuesday night with its awards. Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers's Brooklyn comedy Fort Tilden won the SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, while Margaret Brown's The Great Invisible won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize.
Set in summer in Williamsburg with a journey to seaside Fort Tilden in New York, the film of the same name centers on two roommates who set out on a trouble-plagued journey to the beach, encountering theft and the fall-out of their own actions as they seek a pleasure-filled day with boys they met at a party the night before.
The Great Invisible takes a look back at the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The oil explosion that leaked millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, spurring an instant environmental, political and business crisis made nightly headlines. But the 11 workers who died and longterm impact of the spill has escaped headlines amidst continuing litigation and a masterful PR campaign.
SXSW also recognized Animals with its Special Jury Recognition for Courage in Storytelling award, while actors Natalie Tena and David Verdaguer won a special recognition for acting in 10,000KM (Long Distance).
SXSW's music portion is in full swing, while screenings continue through Saturday in Austin.
2013 SXSW Film Festival Feature Film Jury Awards
Narrative Feature Competition:
Grand Jury Winner: Fort Tilden – Directors: Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers
Special Jury Recognition for Courage in Storytelling: Animals
Actor & Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian
Special Jury Recognition for Best Acting: Natalie Tena and David Verdaguer for 10,000KM (Long Distance)
Margaret Brown's The Great Invisible
Documentary Feature Competition:
Grand Jury Winner: The Great Invisible – Director: Margaret Brown
Special Jury Recognition for Political Courage: Vessel – Director: Diana Whitten
Special Jury Recognition for Editing & Storytelling: Print the Legend – Directors: Luis Lopez & Clay Tweel
Short Film Jury Awards:
Winner: Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire – Director: Monia Chokri
Special Jury Recognition: Person to Person – Director: Dustin Guy Defa
Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: Krisha – Director: Trey Edward Shults
Winner: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace – Director: Jeff Dupre
Winner: Wawd Ahp – Directors: Steve Girard & Josh Chertoff
Winner: Coda – Director: Alan Holly
Special Jury Recognition: Eager – Director: Allison Schulnik
Winner: Joel Compass, “Back to Me” – Director: Ian and Cooper