DAILY NEWS: Festival Winners: New Festival, Newport and Lake Placid

by Eugene Hernandez and Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE

>> "Phantasma" and "Eunuch" Win New Festival Jury Prizes

(indieWIRE/06.11.01) -- In New York City last night, The New Festival: New
York's 13th Annual Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
came to a close with a
screening of Susan Seidelman's "Gaudi Afternoon" and an awards presentation.

Joao Pedro Rodrigues' "O Fantasma" won the narrative grand jury prize, while Alexandra Shiva, Sean Macdonald and Michelle Gucovsky's "Bombay Eunuch" received the documentary jury award and Gelee Precoce's "Early Frost" won in the short film section. Tom Shepard's "Scouts Honor" received a special jury prize in the documentary section.

In the audience categories, Yongyooth Thongkonthun's "Iron Ladies" was the feature award winner, while Q Allan Brocka's "Rick & Steve The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World" won the short film prize. [Eugene Hernandez]

[indieWIRE was ON THE SCENE at the New Festival and will publish a report
from the event in an upcoming edition.]

>> "Inugami," "Dog" and "Dawg" Win in Newport

(indieWIRE/06.11.01) -- The 4th edition of the Newport International Film
came to a close Sunday night in Rhode Island. A handful of awards
were doled out during the fest, with Harata Marada's Berlin 2001 entry,
"Inugami," having its U.S. premiere at the festival, winning for Best
Feature and French documentary "Avant de Partir" by Paul De Laubier, nabbing the prize for Best Doc.

Other big winners included Michael Kalesniko's "How to Kill Your Neighbor's
," which won the Audience Award and a youth jury prize in the narrative
competition, and Gillian Grisman's Jerry Garcia/David Grisman portrait "Grateful Dawg," which world premiered at the fest, taking home the Audience Award for documentary.

Special Jury Prizes went to Lukas Moodysson's "Together" and Matthew Testa's documentary "The Buffalo War," and a Best Director award went to partners Billie Eltringham and Simon Beaufoy for their work on the UK feature "The Darkest Light." Montieth McCollum's "Hybrid" continued its festival winning streak with a special award for Original Vision and Anne-Sophie Birot's French entry, "Girls Can't Swim," garnered an Honorable Mention in the narrative category. Short film prizes went to Don Hertzfeldt for "Rejected," Barry Dingham for "Chicken," and Phil Bertelsen for "The Sunshine." [Anthony Kaufman]

[indieWIRE was ON THE SCENE at the Newport International Film Festival and
will publish a report from the event in an upcoming edition.]

>> "Himalaya" and "Endurance" Popular with Lake Placid Audience

(indieWIRE/06.12.01) -- In New York's Adirondacks, the 2nd Lake Placid Film
came to a close on Sunday afternoon with an awards presentation. The
weekend gathering sold 3,000 tickets to an event that featured discussions
with writers John Irving and Russell Banks, directors Norman Jewison, Albert Maysles, Kimberly Peirce, Nancy Savoca, Whit Stillman and Yvonne Welbon, as well as producers Ben Barenholtz and Ezra Swerdlow, among others. The Forum asked this year's central question, "Do Filmmakers Have Social Responsibility?"

The Silver Deer audience award for a narrative film went to Eric Valli's
Nepalese movie, "Himalaya," while the runner-up was John Cameron Mitchell's popular "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a hit with audiences at Saturday

The Silver Deer for best documentary went to George Butler's "The Endurance:
Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
," while the runner-up was Albert
, Susan Froemke and Deborah Dickinson's "Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton."

The Silver Deer for best short went to Wendy Tilbis and Amanda Forbis' "When the Day Breaks," with David Kartch's "Zen & the Art of Landscaping" was the runner-up. The Silver Deer audience prize for Student Film went to Colin Bannon for "The Grill."

In other prizes, the Forum's Board of Directors awarded Raoul Peck
("Lumumba") and Allison Anders ("Things Behind the Sun") a special award for "Courage in Filmmaking." [Eugene Hernandez]

[indieWIRE was ON THE SCENE at the Lake Placid Film Forum and will publish a
report from the event in an upcoming edition.]