“Paper Covers Rock” won a slew of awards last weekend at the Ashland Independent Film Festival, which took place April 2 – 6. The film, directed by Joe Maggio, won the jury award for best feature, Ashland’s John C. Schweiger Audience Award for dramatic feature in addition to nods for best cinematography and a special mention for actress Jeannine Kaspar for performance.
The film, according to the festival, follows Sam, a troubled young woman who loses custody of her six year-old daughter in the wake of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. After two months in a psychiatric facility, Sam moves in with her older sister, Ed, who graciously offers to help Sam piece her life back together. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and it’s not at all clear whether Ed is out to save, or destroy, her little sister- or whether Sam even wants to survive.
Daniel Junge’s “They Killed Sister Dorothy” won best documentary. The feature, which recently aired on HBO, is the story of a Catholic nun who championed sustainable development in the Amazon who spearheaded a campaign for forest preservation and advocated for the region’s native people. She ran afoul of ruthless ranchers who orchestrated her murder. The film follows the real-life courtroom drama that unfolds during the trials of her killers.
In other awards, Peter Rosen’s “Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes” took AIFF’s Audience Award for best doc, while Richard Rowley’s “The War of 33” won the jury award for best documentary short. “Acholiland” by Dean Israelite received best juried short, Jenny Mackenzie’s “Kick Like a Girl” won the audience nod for best short and Chris Lusvardi’s “Man Maid” took the jury prize for best acting ensemble.