'Cole' takes top honor at Atlantic fest

'Love and Cameras' picks up documentary award

TORONTO -- British Columbia director Carl Bessai's small-town drama "Cole" grabbed the best Canadian feature trophy at the Atlantic Film Festival, which wrapped Sept. 26.

The low-budget indie, which stars Richard de Klerk as a would-be writer romancing a rich city girl, played by Kandyse McClure ("Battlestar Galactica"), bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival before shifting to Halifax on the festival circuit.

Other Atlantic festival winners include comedy writer Nathan Fielder ("Important Things With Demetri Martin") earning the Rex Tasker Documentary Award for his debut feature "Love and Cameras in America," a portrait of the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

And Christopher Ball won the Ed Higginson Cinematography Award for his camera work on Nance Ackerman's "Four Feet Up," a documentary about child poverty in rural Nova Scotia.

Also receiving hardware in Halifax was Joel MacKenzie winning for best Atlantic short film for "Super Science," and Joel MacLeod and Adam Rafuse sharing the best art direction trophy for "Ghost Vase."

The 29th installment of the Atlantic Film Festival saw 235 films and 65 short films screen over the 10-day event.