"Murderball," "Moon," "Shelby Knox" Among Top Winners at Full Frame Doc Fest
by Eugene Hernandez
Hitting record ticket sales of more than 19,000, organizers of the Full Frame Documentary Festival concluded their 2005 event on Sunday in Durham, NC. Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's "Murderball" and Leonard Retel Helmrich's "Shape of the Moon" shared the Full Frame Grand Jury Award, while "Murderball" also won the festival's local audience award.
The big audience prize winner however, chosen by attendees at the festival and those joining the event in ten other cities via a satellite partnership with Emerging Pictures, was Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt's "The Education of Shelby Knox." The film also won the Full Frame Women in Leadership Award.
Alessandro Cassigolu and Dalia Castel's "Good Times" won the jury award for best short, while Jessica Sanders' "After Innocence" won the "content + image = change" prize. The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award went to Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand is Crisis." Susan Stern's "The Self Made Man" won the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award.
The Seeds of War prize sponsored by writer Walter Mosley went to Eugene Jarecki for "Why We Fight" and Pirjo Honkasolo's "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia." Arturo Perez Torres' "Wetback - The Undocumented Documentary" and Maryam Keshavarz' "The Color of Love" won the Full Frame Spectrum Award.