SXSW Film Festival: And the Winners Are …

sxsw-2009If you put your ear to the wall and can hear people saying things like, “Wasn’t Bruno hilarious!” and “That Joe Swanberg is quite a card!” then either a) you are in Austin for the SXSW Film Festival and staying in a cheap hotel or b) have super hearing and will probably be kidnapped by the government to become part of their War on Terror efforts. While waiting for the men in black to take you away, SXSW have announced the winners of their various competitive strands.

Narrative Feature Jury Competition: Made in China (Judi Krant, 2009)

Go-getter novelty salesman Johnson decides to crack the Chinese market with his latest invention. Will modern China fall from the latest from the land of of the joy buzzer? With Jackson Kuehn.

Narrative Feature Audience Award: That Evening Sun (Scott Teems, 2009)

Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild) plays a Tennessee farmer who uncovers a veritable Greek tragedy when he returns to the old homestead. Based on a short story by William Gay.

More winners in the Documentary and Emerging Vision fields after that ever-lovin’ jump!

Documentary Jury Award: 45365 (Bill Ross, 2009)

The title is the zip code of Sidney, Ohio. Ross’ documentary lets the citizens tell their stories in an attempt to portray an American community in all its facets.

Documentary Feature Audience Award: Mine: Taken By Katrina (Geralyn Pezanoski, 2009)

Hurricane Katrina displaced millions of people. But what about the animals which they left behind? This doc looks at the effort to round up the strays and find them good homes. Turns out humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from post-traumatic disorder.

Emerging Visions Audience Award: Motherland (Jennifer Steinman, 2008)

Six American mothers discover hope, each other, and more positive qualities when they volunteer to work with kids in South Africa. Documentary.

Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast: That Evening Sun

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