Monthly Archives: November 2014

Zoe Kravitz and Dev Patel Won the Audience Awards for Favorite Actress and Actor For Their Roles in ‘The Road Within’ at the Napa Valley Film Festival (Variety)

Writer/director Sean Mullin’s “Amira & Sam” took home both the jury award for narrative feature and the audience award for narrative feature at the fourth Napa Valley Film Festival on Sunday. The jury award for documentary feature went to “An Honest Liar” by directors  Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein, while the audience award for documentary feature went to “States of Grace” by Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman. Zoe Kravitz and Dev Patel were awarded the audience awards for actress and actor for their roles in “The Road Within.” The festival also played host to additional events celebrating actors, honoring Kevin Costner with the first BVisionary Filmmaker Award, Michelle Monaghan with the Spotlight Award, Shailene Woodley with the Indie Impact Award and Jeremy Jordan with the Rising Star Award. “2014 was the filmmaking equivalent of a vintage that will go down in history. The films here touched audience in ways that will last for a long, long time,” said Dan Geller, member of the Jury for documentary features and Shorts. The fest took place between Nov. 12-16 in 14 different venues across Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Festival co-founders and directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer oversaw the screenings of 125 films in 14 venues. The full list of awards is below: JURY AWARDS Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature – Amira & Sam. Jury Award for Best Screenplay – East Side Sushi. Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast – Little Accidents. Jury Award for Best Animated Short – The Missing Scarf. Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature – An Honest Liar. Jury Award for Best Documentary Short – White Earth. Jury Award for Best Narrative Short — tie between Looms and Selling Rosario. Honorable Mention for Narrative Shorts — Leonard in Slow Motion. Special Jury Prize – Documentary – #chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes On A Dictator. Special Jury Prize – Features (Cinematography & Art Direction) – Kinderwald. Special Jury Prize – Features (Soundtrack) – Song One. […]

‘The Road Within’ Took Top Prize in the Rome Film Festival’s Alice Nella Città Section (Variety)

British director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” about a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico, took the top nod at the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival where, instead of a jury, prizes are decided by paying ticket holders, to serve as a testing ground for distributors. “Trash,” a South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” world-preemed in Rio. Scripted by Richard Curtis, it features turns by Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, alongside a mostly Brazilian cast. Universal will be releasing worldwide. Daldry’s previous three pics, “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” and “The Reader,” all earned Oscar noms. The top nod in the auteur-driven Cinema d’Oggi section went to prominent Chinese theater director Xu Ang’s “12 Citizens,” inspired by Sydney Lumet’s 1957 Hollywood classic “Twelve Angry Men.” The Mondo Genre section prize went to “Haider,” a 2014 Hindi drama directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the third installment in his series based on Shakespearean dramas, a contempo adaptation of Hamlet, set against the Kashmir conflicts of 1995. Winner of the Cinema Italia section was feature film “Fino a qui tutto bene,” a youth drama by Roan Johnson; while the Italian docu nod went to “Looking for Kadija” by Francesco G. Raganato. The top prize for best first work – in this case decided upon by a jury headed by U.S. helmer Jonathan Nossiter – went to Andrea Di Stefano’s “Escobar: Paradise Lost” toplining Benicio del Toro as the Columbian drug lord. A special mention went to atmospheric drama “Last Summer” by Lorenzo Guerra Seragnoli, shot entirely on a boat. A quick comparison between Skype for iOS and facetime video callto decide which is the best video calling app for iOS devices like iPhone and iPad. “The Road Within” by debut U.S. writer-director Gren […]