IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Brix and the Bitch took top honors at Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema last night. It was the first time that a short movie has taken Best of Festival in the Idyllwild event, which has now completed its 7th year.
The movie is about a woman trapped in an illegal fight club, whose only means of escape is to go up against someone she refuses to harm. It is written and directed by Nico Raineau, who was a co-winner of Best Director of a Short.
As they received the award, the moviemaking team noted that being filmmakers is incredibly hard. They talked about how everyone at these events helps elevate each other. Many people receiving awards last night commented on the camaraderie that exists at the Idyllwild festival. One mentioned it was the best festival experience she has had.
Best Film Feature went to The Boatman, starring Oscar Torre, who is celebrating this accomplishment and his birthday today. The movie is about a coyote with a perfect record for bringing people across the Mexican border into the United States. Torre told the audience he liked the fact the movie was non-political. The Boatman was written and directed by Greg Morgan, who won Best Director in this category. It was based on an idea originated by his wife Jeanne Flynn-Morgan. Duke Addleman was co-writer.
Best Featurette was awarded to Where We Begin. This is a lyrical production interlaced with dance. It’s a story of a woman’s memories of her passionate love for a man taken from her by war. Mitsuyo Miazaki won the directing award in this category. Music by Mono brought in the Marshall Hawkins Award for Best Score.
In receiving the award, the moviemakers noted that the recognition has been priceless and that they’d made the movie because they wanted to change the world.
Fragile Storm won Best Short. It relates the tale of a scared young woman who goes to great lengths to escape a terrifying older man. It’s written and directed by Dawn Fields, and co-written by Carly Street. Fields co-won Best Director of a Short.
Best Documentary Feature went to Art Bastard , which recounts the life of New York artist Robert Cenedella, an expressionist painter known for political and social satire. It raises questions such as “What is Art?” and “How is art valued?” Victor Kanefsky won a Best Director of Documentary award for this production.
Alan Chebot also won a Best Director of a Documentary award for his Outermost Radio, which chronicles the fund raising efforts of a group of volunteers in Provincetown, Cape Cod as they come up with nearly $60,000 to erect a new antenna, after the old one is blown down in a storm. This movie celebrates community and freedom of expression.
The Story Behind Nights in White Satin received Best Documentary Featurette or Short. Directed by David Minasian, this takes a look back at the early days of the British band Moody Blues and the song that launched them into fame.
Love Me Do took home the Best Foreign Feature award. In this tale, a female investment banker lets an out-of-work actor into her life for a romantic adventure with chilling results. Director is Martin Stitt.
Best Foreign Featurette went to Daisy, the story of a 13-year-old girl who helps an Iraq war veteran face his addictions. Director is Nancy Paton.
The Wager won the Best Foreign Short. This is the story of Jeremy, who is locked in a supposedly haunted room of an old house in order to win a bet. It is directed by Joss Maines.
A full list of all awards will soon be available on the festival’s web site.
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