The winners of the 14th Annual deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City were announced on Saturday, with "Hellion" topping as the Grand Jury Narrative Feature category and Michael Rossato-Bennett's "Alive Inside" winning in the Grand Jury Documentary Feature category.
"Hellion," directed by Kat Candler and starring Aaron Paul, Juilette Lewis and Josh Wiggins, is a portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution, set against the haunting backdrop of the refineries of southeast Texas. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and has received relatively mixed reviews: The Playlist's Rodrigo Perez, in his review, wrote that though "heartbreaking and moving in its final moments, 'Hellion' just can’t quite convince or coalesce its ideas of struggle, pain and fury in a meaningful or new way."
"Alive Inside" similarly premiered at Sundance and is a heartwarming story about how music therapy can ease the suffering of Alzheimer's patients. Indiewire's review gave the documentary a B-, mentioning that it is "often tonally divergent, but still provides an affecting look at a growing therapeutic cause."
The other award winners included:
Special Jury Prize: "The Case Against 8"
Special Jury Oklahoma: “Sewing Hope”
Best Oklahoman Film: “The Posthuman Project"
Best Narrative Short: “The Karman Line"
Best Documentary Short: “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace”
Best Student Film: “Playtime”
Best Short Screenplay: “Tattoo”