"Seven Times Lucky" and "Beautiful Kid" Take Two at Method Fest
by Brian Brooks
The Method Fest Independent Film Festival presented its awards Friday, capping an eight-day event that featured 25 full-length and 45 short films in Burbank. "Seven Times Lucky" came away with two awards, including the "Downtown Burbank best feature film award" and the Gordon Biersch award for best screenplay. The Sundance 2004 film, directed by Canadian Gary B. Yates, stars Kevin Pollack and Liane Balaban as con-artists who team up to go for a bigger stake swindle. Also taking two prizes at Method Fest was Michael Carty and Colum McCann's "Beautiful Kid." Two acting prizes including the best actor feature film award (Dan Brennan) and the feature best supporting actor prize (John Carty) were given to the film, highlighting Method Fest's signature spotlight of the actor as an essential component in filmmaking.
Deborah Kara took the best feature actress film prize for her role in Carl Bessai's drama "Emile," while best supporting actress went to Anita Barone in Tony Vitale's "One Last Ride." The festival's 'SAG Indie Award for best feature director' went to Polish director Wiktor Grodecki for his film, "Insatiability," while Canadian Charles Martin Smith's adventure-drama "The Snow Walker" took the audience best feature award.
In addition to competition prizes, Method Fest also honored Dennis Hopper with a lifetime achievement award, and filmmaker Martha Coolidge ("The Prince & Me") with its "Forerunner Award." Ronnie Yeskel received the event's 'lifetime achievement in casting' nod, while actor Chazz Palminteri ("Poolhall Junkies") received "Indie Hero" kudos. The sixth annual Method Fest Independent Film Festival took place at the AMC Media City Center 8 Theatres in downtown Burbank April 2-9, with over 15,000 in attendance.