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The Woods Hole Film Festival has just announced its winners for narrative and documentary categories. The Cape Cod-based festival has contributed to the promotion of up-and-coming independent filmmakers and continued to do so in its 24th year.
Lukas Huffman’s film, “When the Ocean Met the Sky,” won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, and was shot in the Canadian wilderness for just $70,000. SXSW entry “T Rex,” by Zachary Canepari and Drea Cooper, won Best Narrative Documentary and tells the story of 17 year-old Detroit native Claressa “T-Rex
” Shields, who fought for the gold medal when women’s boxing became part of the Olympics for the first time in 2012. Ron Davis won Best of the Fest Audience Award for his documentary “Harry & Snowman,” about Harry deLeyer, the international horse jumping legend who rescued his horse Snowman from a truck.
“Riding My Way Back,” by Academy Award nominee Robin Fryday and Peter Rosenbaum, won both the Jury and Audience Award for Best Documentary Short, and tells the story of one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide through the help of therapeutic horses. Michael Goode’s “The Answers” won the Jury Award or Best Documentary Short and stars up-and-coming New Zealand actress Rose MacIver.
“As a festival that is committed to helping emerging independent filmmakers launch and advance their careers, we are particularly proud of this year’s winners, several of whom were screening their very first feature-length films at the festival,” said Judy Laster, the festival’s founder and executive director. “This year’s festival also featured an unprecedented number of filmmakers with New England connections, an indication of how the area is fast becoming a major source of talent.”
Additional Audience Awards winners include:
Best Narrative Feature: “Jack of the Red Hearts” by Janet Grillo, about a family affected by a son on the autism spectrum
Best Documentary Feature: “Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound” by William Saunders, grandson of the titular country singer from Bakersfield, CA.