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The Jury Awards have been announced for this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival participants and films. “Fort Tilden”, helmed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers walked away with the Jury prize in the narrative category. The day-in-the-life of flick chronicle “two vapid twentysomethings on an ill-fated odyssey through ‘deep Brooklyn,’ contains several scenes that manage to skewer the infantile predilections of the Williamsburg jet set with truly ruthless, subtle precision. “

Bliss said as she accepted the prize with Rogers:

“Sitting in that chair for the last half-hour was the best workout I could have had,”

“My heart is pounding so fast.”

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Movie review courtesy of variety.com

Fort Tilden” Synopsis:

“Amidst quarter-life crises, Allie struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their bikes and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there.”

Margaret Brown’s “The Great Invincible” nabs the top prize in the documentary category. The film takes a closer look at the BP oil spill that happened at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Brown accepted the award for “The Great Invisible” onstage with her crew.

“This was a three-and-a-half year effort,” said the director, who thanked the film community “for watching a lot of really bad rough cuts.”

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The Great Invincible” Synopsis:

“On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in American history. The explosion still haunts the lives of those most intimately affected, though the story has long ago faded from the front page. At once a fascinating corporate thriller, a heartbreaking human drama and a peek inside the walls of the secretive oil industry, “The Great Invisible” is the first documentary feature to go beyond the media coverage to examine the crisis in depth through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.”

Juliette Lewis proved to be a golden ticket for two feature films she starred in. Lewis starred in “Kelly & Cal” and “Hellion” with both films receiving special recognition at the event. “Kelly & Cal” director Jen McGowan received the Gamechanger Emergent Woman Director Award, and “Hellion” helmer Kat Candler received a Special Mention.

The awards ceremony was held at the Paramount Theatre in Austin and hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael. The Audience Awards will be announced this coming Saturday, March 15 before the festival ends Sunday.

 

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Check out the full Jury Awards list:

Feature Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Grand Jury Winner: Fort Tilden
Director: Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers

Special Jury Recognition for Courage in Storytelling: Animals
Actor & Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian

Special Jury Recognition for Best Acting Duo: 10,000KM (Long Distance)
Natalie Tena
David Verdaguer

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

NARRATIVE SHORTS

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 Shultz

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Winner: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
Director: Jeff Dupre

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

Winner: Wawd Ahp
Directors: Steve Girard & Josh Chertoff

ANIMATED SHORTS

Winner: Coda
Director: Alan Holly

Special Jury Recognition. Eager
Director: Allison Schulnik

MUSIC VIDEOS

Winner: Joel Compass, “Back to Me”
Director: Ian and Cooper

TEXAS SHORTS

Winner: Some vacation.
Director: Anne S. Lewis

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Winner: Seawolf
Director: Caila Pickett & Max Montoya

 

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN

Winner: Starry Eyes
Designer: Jay Shaw

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN

Winner: True Detective
Designer: Patrick Clair for Elastic

Special Jury Recognition: The Lego Movie
Designer: Brian Mah for Alma Mater

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW GAMECHANGER AWARD

Winner: Jen McGowan, Kelly & Cal

Special Mention: Kat Candler. Hellion

LOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARD

Winner: Boyhood
Director: Richard Linklater

KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP

Presented to: Colin Nusbaum

Sources: variety.comsxsw.com