Max Carlson’s Princess of the Row claimed the Audience Award at the just-concluded Method Fest Independent Film Festival.
The film, about a runaway foster child and her homeless, mentally ill father, also earned Tayler Buck the fest’s Geraldine Page Award for Best Actress for playing the title role, while Edi Gathegi received the Break Out Acting Award for playing the homeless father.
Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life, starring Jess Weixler and Adam Pearson, was named best feature, while two performers shared the best actor prize — Ethan Hawke for Stockholm and John Rezaj for Albanian Gangster.
Windows on the World was awarded four prizes: best director for Michael D. Olmos; best supporting actor for Edward James Olmos; best screenplay for Robert Mailer Anderson and Zack Anderson; and a Generations of Cinematic Excellence Award. Best supporting actress honors went to Allison Tolman for Speed of Life. Confessional was honored for best ensemble cast. Sofia was cited as best foreign film. The Festival Director Award for an Outstanding Performance was presented to Jon Jacobs, who stars in Lost Angelas. And A Room Full of Nothing was given the Maverick Award for Quality in Low-Budget Feature.
Carlen May-Mann’s The Rat took home the Audience Award for short film. Stella Velon’s The Critic was named best short. Best director honors went to Tracie Laymon for Mixed Signals. And acting prizes were awarded to Kirstin Anderson for S_15 and Stephan Monpetit for Without Saying Goodbye.
The Method Fest Independent Film Festival, headed by executive director Don Franken, ran from March 22-28 at the Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills.