'Soundtrack' takes top Vancouver audience nod

'Red Roses' chosen as top Canadian documentary

TORONTO -- U.S. director Bill Guttentag's "Soundtrack for a Revolution," a film about African-American folk music during the U.S. civil rights movement, picked up the top audience award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, which wrapped over the weekend.

Vancouver audiences also picked the Canadian film "Facing Ali," by Peter McCormack, as the top documentary in the festival, which featured 103 nonfiction films against 134 dramas during its 16-day run.

"Facing Ali" sees retired boxers like George Foreman and Joe Frazier who fought Muhammad Ali pay tribute to his career.

The most popular Canadian documentary and top Canadian film, according to Vancouver audiences, was "65 Red Roses," a portrait of a cystic fibrosis patient undergoing a lung transplant.

The local film earlier won Vancouver's juried artistic merit award for director Nimisha Mukerji and co-producer Gillian Lowry, and came in second in the audience award competition at Toronto's Hot Docs festival.

Vancouver audiences voted U.S. director Dan Stone's "At The Edge of the World" the top environmental film at the festival.
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