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October 4, 2010 2:55 AM
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"White Irish Drinkers" and "Grace Paley" Doc Top Audience Winners at Woodstock

A scene from John Gray's "White Irish Drinkers." [Photo courtesy of the Woodstock Film Festival]

John Gray's 1975 set Brooklyn tale "White Irish Drinkers," and Lilly Rivlin's documentary "Grace Paley: Collected Shorts," were the two big Audience Award winners last night at the Woodstock Film Festival. "Drinkers" nabbed the Audience Award for Narrative Feature, while "Grace Palley" walked away with the Audience Award for Feature Documentary. "Inuk," directed by Mike Magidson was the runner up for the Audience Narrative Feature award; Jeff Malmberg's acclaimed "Marwencol," the runner up for the Audience Feature Documentary award.

"Drinkers" tells the story of two brothers trapped in blue collar Brooklyn, and in a violent family household, where they live under the watch of their tyrannical, alcoholic father. Rivlin's film brings to life the momentous times of author and activist Grace Paley, as she reads from her short stories, poems and essays.

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  • Murphy | October 29, 2010 1:08 AMReply

    Best American Movie I have seen in a long time!! It is a must see! Beautiful story, very well done! Love it!

  • Carolyn Doyle Winter | October 6, 2010 3:24 AMReply

    What an entertaining film!!! It's even better the second time around... a touching story that makes you howl with laughter or sob with heart break. Congrats!!!

  • Bill Hickey | October 5, 2010 2:37 AMReply

    White Irish Drinkers, by far the best movie I have seen in a long time. the hour and half drive up the New York State Thruway to Woodstock was well worth it. I was totaly immersed in the complete movie. I can't pick out one scene that I liked the best because they were all terrific. Congrts to John and Melissa!!!!!!

  • meira Blaustein | October 4, 2010 5:20 AMReply

    INUK won the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography and MARWENCOL won the Award for Best Documentary.

  • Josh | October 4, 2010 4:39 AMReply

    "Inuk" and "Marwencol" were not runners up for those awards -- they won them, no?