'Choke' takes top prize at Maui fest

'Human Experience' wins documentary category

Clark Gregg's "Choke," the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel, was named best narrative feature at the 2008 Maui Film Festival at Wailea, which concluded Sunday.

Charles Campo's "The Human Experience" took home the prize for best documentary feature, while Jacob Medjuck's "Summerhood" was best comedy feature.

In the world cinema competition, Amin Matalqa's "Captain Abu Raed" was honored as best narrative feature, while "War Child" was best documentary feature.

Other prizes went to "The Fall," cinematography; "Hawaiian Starlight," experimental film; "Chief," narrative short; "Guardians of the Sea," documentary short; and "Hot Dog," animation cast.

The competition for the ensemble cast award resulted in a two-way tie between "The Great Buck Howard," starring Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Tom Hanks and Emily Blunt, and "Bottle Shock," starring Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Rachel Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez, Eliza Dushku and Dennis Farina.

There was also a two-way tie in the green cinema category, with the honor going to both "The Humpback Code" and "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai."

The festival also honored Pierce Brosnan with its Maverick Award, Virginia Madsen with its Navigator Award, Dennis Quaid with its Galaxy Award and Felicity Huffman with its Nova Award.
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