'Parade' takes top Slamdance prize


Tom Quinn's "The New Year Parade," which looks at the effects divorce has on a family, was named the Grand Jury Narrative Feature winner at the 14th annual Slamdance Film Festival, which ended Friday.

The Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature went to Greg Kohs' "Song Sung Blue," which focusses on a husband and wife singing duo who pay tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. "Blue" was also the audience award winner in the documentary feature category.

The awards were announced at closing night ceremonies in Park City as the fest, which began Jan. 17, drew to a close.

The two winners -- both from first-time filmmakers working with budgets of less than $1 million -- will be screened at New Yorks' IFC Center next month.

Grand jury prizes also went to: Andrew McPhillips' "Blood Will Tell," animated short; C.A. Voros' "The Ladies," documentary short; Michael Langan's "Doxology," experimental short; and Daniel Mulloy's "Son," best narrative short.

Other audience award winners were Ryan Piotrowicz's "The Project," named best narrative feature, and Gloria Kim's "Rock Garden," best anarchy film. Jonathan Lisecki's "Woman in Burka" received the Spirit of Slamdance Award.

Writer awards were handed out to: Anthony Meindl, "The Wonder Girls," feature length screenplay; Will Harman, "Easy Pickins," short screenplay; Barbara Marshall, "Stage Six Pandemic," teleplay; and Damian Lahey & Ian Ogden,"Child in the Dark," creative excellence award for the horror screenplay competition.

Tony Mosher took top horror screenplay honors for "The Punished," and Slamdance, Angel Baby Entertainment and Maverick Films will produce a feature film based on the script.

Sascha Drews & Ezra Kyrbus won the Kodak Vision Award for best cinematography for their work on "Portage."

The award winners shared more than $200,000 in cash and prizes.