SXSW: 'Fort Tilden,' 'The Great Invisible' Take Top Awards
Fort Tilden was the big winner at the 2014 SXSW Film Awards, with the feel-bad hipster comedy taking the grand jury prize for narrative feature.
The debut film from writer-directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers follows two Williamsburg roommates, Harper (Bridey Elliott) and Allie (Clare McNulty), during an ill-fated day trip to the beach. The filmmakers cite Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and Ferris Bueller's Day Off as inspiration and told The Hollywood Reporter that the idea struck them last May.
"We kind of just made ourselves make it by the end of the summer," Rogers said of the production's fast pace.
Margaret Brown's The Great Invisible won the grand jury prize in the documentary feature category. The film explores the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010 -- the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history -- and how it continues to affect the local ecosystem and those who live in the area.
Other winners included writer/director David Dastmalchian's feature Animals, which took home special jury recognition for courage in storytelling; Diana Whitten's documentary Vessel, which won special jury recognition for political courage; and Monia Chokri's Quelqu'un d'extraordinaire, which topped the shorts category.
Find the complete list of winners below.
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
Grand Jury Winner: Fort Tilden
Director: Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers
Special Jury Recognition for Courage in Storytelling: Animals
Actor & Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian
Special Jury Recognition for Best Acting Duo: 10,000KM (Long Distance)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
Grand Jury Winner: The Great Invisible
Director: Margaret Brown
Special Jury Recognition for Political Courage: Vessel
Director: Diana Whitten
Special Jury Recognition for Editing & Storytelling: Print the Legend
Directors: Luis Lopez & Clay Tweel
Short Film Jury Awards
Winner: Quelqu'un d'extraordinaire
Director: Monia Chokri
Special Jury Recognition: Person to Person
Director: Dustin Guy Defa
Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography: Krisha
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Winner: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
Director: Jeff Dupre
Winner: Wawd Ahp
Directors: Steve Girard & Josh Chertoff
Director: Alan Holly
Special Jury Recognition
Director: Allison Schulnik
Winner: Joel Compass, "Back to Me"
Director: Ian and Cooper
Winner: Some vacation.
Director: Anne S. Lewis
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS
Director: Caila Pickett & Max Montoya
SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: Starry Eyes
Designer: Jay Shaw
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: True Detective
Designer: Patrick Clair for Elastic
Special Jury Recognition: The Lego Movie
Designer: Brian Mah for Alma Matter
SXSW Special Awards
SXSW GAMECHANGER EMERGENT WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winner: Jen McGowan, Kelly & Cal
Special Mention: Kat Candler. Hellion
LOUIS BLACK "LONE STAR" AWARD
Director: Richard Linklater
KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP
Presented to: Colin Nusbaum