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Director's View Picks Winners Despite Blizzard

Director's View Picks Winners Despite Blizzard

by Christopher Henderson









Allesandro Nivola and Kate Beckinsale in Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon, which won the Dorothy Azner prize at Director's View.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Before last week's storm shortened its festivities, the Director's View Film Festival in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, NY, presented its Joseph L. Mankiewicz Excellence in Filmmaking Award to "Bonnie and Clyde" director Arthur Penn. The award is given annually to a filmmaker who aspires to the artistic standards of Mankiewicz, the director of "All About Eve," "A Letter to Three Wives," and "Julius Cesaer."

Lisa Cholodenko was presented with the festival's third-annual Dorothy Arzner Prize for "Laurel Canyon." The Sony Picture Classics film stars Frances McDormand as a music producer whose son (Christian Bale) returns home with his uptight fiancee (Kate Beckinsale). It will be released on March 7.

In competition, Director's View selected Jonathan Glendening's "Summer Rain" as its top feature and Cynthia Wade's "Shelter Dogs" as its best documentary. "Summer Rain" follows the relationships between a group of twenty-somethings in various night spots around Brighton Beach, England. "Shelter Dogs" explores the issues of animal shelters and euthanasia by documenting a specialized upstate New York kennel.

The Blizzard of '03 forced a cancellation of the screenings of the winning films and the presentation of the fest's lifetime achievement award to documentarian Albert Maysles. Maysles' award ceremony has been rescheduled and will take place in New York City.

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