"Unknown Soldier" and "Tarnation" Win Top Jury Prizes at L.A. Film Fest
by Eugene Hernandez
Ferenc Toth's "Unknown Soldier" and Jonathan Caouette's "Tarnation" won the top awards at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival. Toth's "Soldier," the story of a homeless teenager in Harlem, received the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature, earning an unrestricted $50,000 cash award. Caouette's "Tarnation," a distinctive documentary exploration of the life of its director, won the Target Documentary Award for Best Documentary Award, winning $25,000 in cash.
In audience prizes, Joshua Marston's "Maria Full of Grace" won the narrative audience award for his story of a young Columbian woman, and Mike Wranovics won the documentary feature audience award for his baseball doc, "Up for Grabs." Shona Auerbach's "Dear Frankie" won the audience prize for best international feature and James D. Scurlock's "Parents of the Year" won the audience award for best short.
In other short film awards, Shinyun Won's "Bread and Milk" won the narrative short film prize, Adam Feinstein's "Say You Love Me" won the best doc short award and Jonathan Dix's "Hello" was honored as best animated short. Sikander Goldau's "Fragile" was given a special mention for excellent filmmaking in the short film competition.
Jeanette Brox from the film "Wilderness Survival for Girls" was awarded a new prize for Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition, selected by a jury that included Sandra Hebron from the London Film Festival, EW writer Dave Karger, and Denver Post film critic Lisa Kennedy. Documentary jurors included filmmaker Arthur Dong, SF Bay Guardian editor Susan Gerhard, and filmmaker Lisa Leeman.
[Jonny Leahan will report on the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival in an upcoming edition of indieWIRE.]