By Brian Brooks | Indiewire April 1, 2010 at 9:44AM
California's Method Fest gave out its prizes Wednesday night, maintaining its tradition spotlighting actors with Lily Holleman winning the event's Christie Geraldine Page Award for Best Actress for her performance in "UrFrenz," while Brian Cox took the Time Warner Cable John Garfield Award for Best Actor for his role in "The Good Heart." "UrFrenz," by director Jeff Phillips, also won the prize for best feature at the festival, which took place in Calabasas, CA March 25 - 31.
In "UrFrenz," which premiered at Slamdance in January, high school girls and their parents collide over the use of a popular social networking site when the identity and motives of an online boy come into question.
Hilbert Hakim won the best director prize for "Krews." Both the Audience Award for best feature and the prize for best ensemble cast went to Keith Parmer's "Tic," and British director James Ivory's "The City of Your Final Destination won best foreign language film. Nathan Halliday took best supporting actor for his role in "Desert Son," while Najarra Townsend received the best supporting actress nod, also for "UrFrenz."
In more Method Fest prizes, Todd Barnes' "Homewrecker" won the "Stella Artois Maverick Award for Low Budget Feature Film and Nicholas Gyeney took best screenplay for "The Penitent Man. And "Handsome Harry" by Bette Gordon won the "Charter Communications Festival Director's Award, Best Film" prize. Joshua Wigel took best sort for "The Butterfly Circus.
High school girls and their parents collide over the use of a popular social networking site when the identity and motives of an online boy come into question.
"The performances in this year's festival films exceeded anything we had seen before at The Method Fest," commented Don Franken, Method Fest executive director in a statement. "The overall quality of the films was also higher and some awards were almost impossible for the judges to determine...More top quality films with breakout performances as well as career-defining performances by other actors made it the fiercest competition yet for Awards. There are so many emerging new stars this year at The Method Fest and this really brought more energy and excitement at the festival."