Sundance Film Festival competition drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and its producers, Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston of Sailor Bear, have been selected as the winners of the 2013 Indian Paintbrush Producer’s Award. The award, which comes with a $10,000 grant, was announced Sunday, Jan. 20, at the festival’s annual Producers Lunch.
David Lowery’s film, which features Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in the story of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across Texas to reunite with his wife and daughter, was beginning its world premiere just then at the Eccles Theatre. Indian Paintbrush president of production Mark Roybal, who has the film “Breathe In” screening in the 2013 Sundance program, made the announcement.
A former member of The Polyphonic Spree, Halbrooks has produced and directed commercials and music videos and was a recipient of Sundance Creative Producing Fellowship in 2011. He also co-produced Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color,” which is also premiering at this year’s fest.
Johnston is a shorts filmmaker from Fort Worth, Texas, who also was a 2011 Creative Producing Fellow at the Sundance Institute. He has produced numerous features, including the 2013 NEXT <=> entry “Pit Stop” by Yen Tan.