The Reeler


January 27, 2008

New Yorkers Score Big at Sundance -- Again

Frozen River, Man on Wire, The Wackness and others gather prizes in Park City

Frozen River director Courtney Hunt accepts the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Saturday's Sundance awards festivities (Photo: AP)

Another year, another fine showing by New York films and filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival, where Frozen River, Man on Wire, The Wackness, American Teen and a handful of others claimed hardware at Saturday's awards festivities. While it wasn't quite the near-sweep of last year's Padre Nuestro-Manda Bala-Grace is Gone troika, this year's winners enjoyed more immediate success with distributors -- almost all of them are leaving Park City with domestic distribution deals in place. Many congratulations to all.

Moreover, we spoke with a good chunk of the local award-winners -- listed below -- over the last week-and-a-half here at The Reeler (plus another who's heading out of Park City with an Oscar nomination). Read on, tell your friends you knew them back in the day, and be sure to meet many more from the Class of '08 in our From NYC to Park City section. (And for a complete list of SFF '08 awardees, visit the fest Web site.)

--S.T. VanAirsdale, editor

*Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic -- Frozen River, directed by Courtney Hunt (Reeler interview)

*World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary -- Man on Wire, directed by James Marsh (Reeler interview)

*Audience Award: Dramatic -- The Wackness, directed by Jonathan Levine (Reeler Interview)

*Directing Award: Documentary -- American Teen, directed by Nanette Burstein (Reeler interview)

*Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Prize -- Sleep Dealer, directed by Alex Rivera; written by Rivera and David Riker (Reeler interview)

*Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking -- Aquarium, directed by Rob Meyer (Reeler interview)

*Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary -- Patti Smith: Dream of Life, shot by Phillip Hunt and Steven Sebring

*Special Jury Prize: Documentary -- The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, directed by Lisa F. Jackson (Reeler interview)

*Special Jury Prize: Dramatic, Work by an Ensemble Cast -- Choke, directed by Clark Gregg; starring Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly MacDonald, Brad Henke, Clark Gregg.

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Comments (2)

Hey Stu--
Trouble the Water (Grand Jury Prize for Docs) was also done here in NY--edited out at the Old American Can Factory here in Gowanus, home of Rooftop Films. I'd be happy to introduce you to Carl and Tia...despite the slight against the citizens of Gowanus.

Sorry for any oversight; my Sundance research didn't indicate Carl and Tia were/are local. Glad to see NYC superiority is even more entrenched than first believed. Congrats to them and to Gowanus, whatever that is... (kidding, kidding)

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