'Irish' shines for Method Fest

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Brad Gann's "Black Irish," starring Michael Angarano, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Guiry and Melissa Leo, picked up the city of Calabasas' best picture award at the ninth annual Method Fest.

Angarano also won for best actor, while Scout Taylor-Compton won as best actress for her role in "Tomorrow Is Today."

"What defined this year's festival was the emergence of so many talented young actors and filmmakers," fest exec director Don Franken said Thursday at Viewpoint School's Carlson Family Theatre in Calabasas, Calif.

Supporting actress in a feature film went to Dagmara Dominczyk for "Mentor," while supporting actor went to "Black Irish's" Guiry.

The audience award for best picture was presented to "Destiny," directed by Vage Khacatryan, produced by Haig Bagerdjian and Kolya Khachaturov and starring Gor Vardanyan, Yevgeni Kamash and Svetlana Jukova.

Jim Loftus, who directed "Trade Routes," was honored as best director.

The prize for screenplay went to David Gow for "Steel Toes," which he also co-directed.

Other winners included:

  Ensemble cast: "Man in the Chair," starring Christopher Plummer, M. Emmet Walsh and Robert Wagner.

  The Maverick Award for high quality in low-budget filmmaking and unique vision: "Plum Role," written and directed and helmed by Zak Hilditch.

  Short: "Across the Hall," directed by Alan Powell.

  Foreign film: Loftus' "Trade Routes."

The SAG Award for best actor in a short: Jai Koutrae, "Death's Requiem."

  Actress in a short: Sharon Lawrence, "Fool Me Once."

  Student short: "Deface," directed by John Arlotto.

  Audience Award, short film: "Rushers," directed by Joey Boukadakis.

  Festival director's award for excellence: "Man in the Chair," directed by Michael Schroeder.

Special Awards presented before and during the festival included the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Plummer, and the Maverick Award, presented to Michael Madsen.
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