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Adam Rifkin’s “Look,” a film shot through surveillance cameras, took the grand jury prize at the ninth annual CineVegas Film Festival, which concluded Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Joy Dietrich’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” was the recipient of a special jury award for best directing, while Robert Logevall’s “All God’s Children Can Dance” was hailed with a special jury award for distinctive visual expression.
The awards were presented Saturday afternoon at a ceremony headed by fest artistic director Trevor Groth, president Robin Greenspun and chairman of the creative advisory board Dennis Hopper.
Sol Tryon’s comedy “The Living Wake” was honored with the Heineken Red Star Award, recognizing a film that pushes the boundaries of creativity and provides a unique vision and execution.
In the audience awards categories, Richard Trank’s “I Have Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal” and Todd Breau’s “Throwing Stars” took the prizes for documentary and narrative features, respectively.
In the fest’s new Mexican cinema section, Simon Bross’ “Bad Habits” (Malos Habitos) received the La Proxima Ola Jury Prize.
Among short films, Jennifer Aniston and Andrea Buchanan’s “Room 10” received the Short Film Jury Prize, while David Schmoeller’s “Spanking Lessons” received the Nevada Short Film Jury Prize.
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