SXSW: 'Krisha,' 'Peace Officer' Awarded Grand Jury Prizes

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Peace Officer

A "visual excellence" award was presented to the stylish sci-fi stunner 'Creative Control,' while 'A Woman Like Me,' a doc-narrative hybrid about breast cancer, won a directing award.

Trey Edward ShultsKrisha was awarded the jury award in the narrative feature competition at the South by Southwest Film Festival, which handed out its prizes Tuesday night at an awards ceremony at the Paramount Theater hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer. Shults’ film, about an older alcoholic woman who reunites with her estranged family at a holiday gathering, was based on the director’s short film of the same name, which received special jury recognition at last year’s festival.

The grand jury winner in the documentary competition was Peace Officer, directed by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber, a timely film about the militarization of America's metropolitan police forces. The film follows Dub Lawrence, a former Sheriff from rural Utah who created that state's first SWAT team — a unit that ended up killing his own son-in-law.


Several special prizes were also handed out, including a "recognition for visual excellence" presented to the stylish Creative Control. The black-and-white film from director Benjamin Dickinson is set in a near-future Brooklyn where a digitally obsessed ad executive enters into a relationship with a virtual version of his best friend's girlfriend.

A directing award was given to Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti for A Woman Like Me, a part-documentary, part-narrative film about two women facing breast cancer. (Sichel herself is the subject of the factual half, while Lili Taylor plays her fictional counterpart.)

And a special jury recognition for editing went to Twinsters, directed by Samantha Futherman and Ryan Miyamoto. The doc follows the discovery on YouTube by a fashion student living in France of a woman from L.A. who looks identical to her. Further investigation reveals they share the same birthday and birth city — Busan, Korea — and the eventual realization that they are in fact twins who were put up for adoption.