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"Dry Land", "Waste Land" Win Big Money at Dallas Fest

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire April 19, 2010 at 7:16AM

Texas filmmaker Ryan Piers Williams' feature "The Dry Land" won the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, while Lucy Walker's "Waste Land" won the prize in the documentary category at the Dallas International Film Festival, which concluded over the weekend. Both awards carry an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. A special jury prize went to Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman's "The Last Survivor" and Claire Didier received a special mention for editing for Mark Landsman's "Thunder Soul."
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Texas filmmaker Ryan Piers Williams' feature "The Dry Land" won the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, while Lucy Walker's "Waste Land" won the prize in the documentary category at the Dallas International Film Festival, which concluded over the weekend. Both awards carry an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. A special jury prize went to Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman's "The Last Survivor" and Claire Didier received a special mention for editing for Mark Landsman's "Thunder Soul."

In other awards, Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas' "American: The Bill Hicks Story" received the MPS Studios' Texas Filmmaker Award (along with $20,000 in cash, goods and services), and Robert Byington's "Harmony and Me" took a special jury prize. "Quadrangle" by Amy Grappell won the prize for Best Short and special jury prizes went to David Call's "B.U.S.T.," Chris Teague's "Monkeywrench" and Kelly Sears' "Voice On The Line." Daniel Elliot's "Jade" received a special mention for acting for Aisling Loftus' performance in the film. The award for Best Student Short went to Beth Spitalny's "Procession."

Will Cannon's "Brotherhood" won Dallas' Audience Award for Best Narrative, while Mark Landsman's "Thunder Soul" won Best Documentary and T.G. Herrington's "Mr. Okra" took Best Short.

Also at the Dallas Film Society Honors, Oscar-nominated director Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile") and cinematographer Wally Pfister ("The Dark Night") were honored along with Pete Docter ("Up") who received the Texas Avery Animation Award.

"'The Dallas Film Society Honors' event was created to provide an exciting and glamorous event honoring our filmmakers to match the presentation and reverence shown them and their films throughout the festival," said Dallas Film Society Executive Director Tanya Foster in a statement. "We are very fortunate that the Gail L. and Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation joined the DFS family and provided us with the means to put on the kind of show that this film festival and frankly, Dallas are known for."

2010 Dallas Film Society Honors Jury winners:

Target Narrtative Feature: "The Dry Land"
DIR: Ryan Piers Williams (USA)
Cast: America Ferrera, Ryan O'Nan, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter, Ethan Suplee, Melissa Leo

Target Documentary Feature: "Waste Land"
DIR: Lucy Walker (Brazil/UK)

Special Jury Prize: "The Last Survivor"
DIR: Michael Pertnoy, Michael Kleiman (USA)

Special Mention Editing: "Thunder Soul" (for Claire Didier)
DIR: Mark Landsman (USA)

MPS Studios Texas Filmmaker Award: "American: The Bill Hicks Story"
DIR: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas (UK)

Special Jury Prize: "Harmony and Me"
DIR: Robert Byington (USA)

Environmental Visions Filmmaker Award: "Climate Refugees"
DIR: Michael Nash (USA)

Short: "Quadrangle"
DIR: Amy Grappell (USA)

Special Jury Prize: "B.U.S.T."
DIR: David Call (USA)

Special Jury Prize: "Monkeywrench"
DIR: Chris Teague (USA)

Special Jury Prize: "Voice On the Line"
DIR: Kelly Sears (USA)

Special Jury Mention, Acting: "Jade" (for Aisling Loftus)
DIR: Daniel Elliot (UK)

Student Short: "Procession:
DIR: Beth Spitalny (USA)

Special Mention: "Young Love"
DIR: Ariel Kleiman (Australia)

Animated Short: "Runaway"
DIR: Cordell Barker (Canada)


Audience Awards:

"Narrative: "Brotherhood"
DIR: Will Canon (USA)
Cast: Jon Foster, Trevor Morgan, Lou Taylor Pucci

Documentary: "Thunder Soul"
DIR: Mark Landsman (USA)

Short: "Mr. Okra"
DIR: T.G. Herrington (USA)


TXU Fast Forward Video Contest Winners:

$7500 prize winner - "Lights Off"
DIRS: Alex Nelson, Drew Mowrey, Zach Zador (Garland High School)

$2500 prize winner - "The Effect of One"
DIR: Michael Nowak (Richardson High School)

$1500 prize winner - "Ener G'Z"
DIRS: Ladon Ghannadpour, Brandon Cantrell (Garland High School)

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