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SXSW '08 DISPATCH | "Sister Dorothy" and "Wellness" Big Winners at SXSW

Indiewire By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire March 12, 2008 at 1:18AM

Daniel Junge's documentary "They Killed Sister Dorothy," about the murder of a devoted nun who fought to protect the Amazon and tirelessly supported the region's poor, won the top two doc prizes at the SXSW Film Festival, which continues through this weekend in Austin, TX. The film won the documentary grand jury prize and the festival's doc audience award as the event's film conference came to a close on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jake Mahaffy's "Wellness," a film about the chaotic journey of one man trying to succeed in a business that doesn't exist, won the narrative grand jury award. It recently debuted at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. The other big winner was actor-turned-director Mark Webber's "Explicit Ills" which received the narrative audience award and the jury's cinematography prize.
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Daniel Junge's documentary "They Killed Sister Dorothy," about the murder of a devoted nun who fought to protect the Amazon and tirelessly supported the region's poor, won the top two doc prizes at the SXSW Film Festival, which continues through this weekend in Austin, TX. The film won the documentary grand jury prize and the festival's doc audience award as the event's film conference came to a close on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jake Mahaffy's "Wellness," a film about the chaotic journey of one man trying to succeed in a business that doesn't exist, won the narrative grand jury award. It recently debuted at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. The other big winner was actor-turned-director Mark Webber's "Explicit Ills" which received the narrative audience award and the jury's cinematography prize.

Jeremiah Zagar, director of "In A Dream," accepting the audience award for SXSW's Emerging Visions section. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Awards were presented this evening at the Austin Convention Center here in Austin, as industry attendees began to head out of town and music industry types and bands made their way into town for SXSW's popular music conference and festival. Rockers ranging from veterans like R.E.M., The English Beat, and X to upstarts such as Vampire Weekend are among hundreds of performers who will hit the dozens of venues around town tomorrow through Sunday.

And the winners are...

NARRATIVE FEATURE
Grand Jury Award: "Wellness," directed by Jake Mahaffy
Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast: "Up With Me," directed by Greg Takoudes
Special Jury Award for Cinematography: "Explicit Ills," directed by Mark Webber

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Grand Jury Award: "They Killed Sister Dorothy," directed by Daniel Junge
Special Jury Award: "Full Battle Rattle," directed by Tony Gerber & Jesse Moss

REEL SHORTS
Winner (Tie): "Warlord," directed by David Garrett & "Small Apartment," directed by Andrew T. Betzer
Special Jury Award: "The Second Line," directed by John Magary

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: "Madame Tulti-Putli," directed by Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski
Special Jury Award: "I hate you don't touch me or Bat and Hat," directed by Becky James

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS
Winner: "Safari," directed by Catherine Chalmers
Special Jury Award: "Upwards March," director: Kaveh Nabatian

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD
Winner: "Glory at Sea," directed by Benjamin Zeitlin

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: TV on the Radio, 'Me-I,' directed by Mixtape Club & Daniel Garcia

Special Jury Award - (TIE) Group Sounds, 'Temporarily in Love,' Directed by Randy Scott Slavin & Cornelius, 'Fit Song,' Directed by Keigo Oyamada & Koichiro Tsujikawa

TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION
Winner: "Picnic," directed by Wesley Bronez
Special Jury Award: "Inflections," directed by Matthew Campbell

ON NETWORKS GREENLIGHT AWARD
Best Original Production: "The Guild," directed by Jane Selle Morgan
Best Original Series Idea: "Knock Off," written by Brandi-Ann Milbradt


Audience Awards

NARRATIVE FEATURE
Winner: "Explicit Ills," directed by Mark Webber

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Winner: "They Killed Sister Dorothy," directed by Daniel Junge

EMERGING VISIONS
Winner: "In a Dream," directed by Jeremiah Zagar

This article is related to: Features, Festival Dispatch