Slamdance loves a 'Parade'


Tom Quinn's "The New Year Parade," which looks at the effects of divorce on a family, won the Grand Jury Narrative Feature award 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 focuses on a husband-and-wife singing duo who pay tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. "Blue" also was the Audience Award winner in the docu feature category.

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

Grand jury prizes also went to Andrew McPhillips' "Blood Will Tell" for 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 winners were Ryan Piotrowicz's "The Project," named best narrative feature, and Gloria Kim's "Rock Garden," for best anarchy film. Jonathan Lisecki's "Woman in Burka" received the Spirit of Slamdance Award.

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

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

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

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