Adam Rehmeier’s Dinner in America comedy has picked up the audience award at the inaugural NIGHTSTREAM collaborative film event.
“I’m thrilled Dinner in America resonated with NIGHTSTREAM’s audience the way it did, that this film is bringing people some much needed respite from the chaos of 2020,” Rehmeier said in a statement.
The indie, which bowed at Sundance, follows a punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band falling in love while on a journey through America’s decaying midwestern suburbs.
NIGHTSTREAM, which ran from Oct. 8 to 11, streamed films from five U.S. genre festivals navigating the coronavirus pandemic: the Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook and Popcorn Frights festivals.
Their new online-only festival jointly screened films and other programming from their events. Run, the Hulu original thriller starring Sarah Paulson, opened the virtual NIGHTSTREAM event and Quentin Dupieux’s Mandibles closed the virtual frightfest.
The participating five genre festivals either had to cancel or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic ahead of their alignment in the online space timed for Halloween. The launch of NIGHTSTREAM follows the COVID-19 crisis shutting down live events in the entertainment industry, including film festivals which have seen a sharp drop in their revenues.