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The LAIFF Gets "Sick" at Awards

The LAIFF Gets "Sick" at Awards

The LAIFF Gets "Sick" at Awards

by Mark Rabinowitz

The third annual Los Angeles Independent Film Festival announced its awards during the closing night festivities at the Directors Guild of America theater last night. All four awards were voted on by the audiences of the festival, and were chosen from a pool of 23 features and 34 shorts. The awards were as follows:

The best feature length film award went to “Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Spermasochist“, directed and produced by Kirby Dick. He will
receive $5000 worth of film stock donated by Eastman Kodak, $4000 worth of
processing from CFI, and $5000 worth of titles and opticals from REI Media Writer-director Will Geiger took home the prize for best director for “Ocean Tribe“. He will take home $2500 in cash from the DGA. John Harmon Feldman garnered the best writer award for “Lovelife“, and he too will receive $2500 in cash, this time from the Writers Guild of America. The best short film prize
went to “Fairfax Fandango“, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Mark
Silverstein, who will receive a $2500 scholarship to the Writers Boot Camp.
Upon reaching the podium, Kohn remarked: “This is like, so the best!” The
best short, writer and director awards alsowere presented with software from
Screenplay Systems.

Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Seale (“The English Patient“)
presented the 1997 “Indie Supporter” Award to Toni Robertson for her longtime
assistance in helping indie filmmakers realize their dreams. She began at
Studio Film and Tape in LA, and is now at Kodak. Unfortunately, shortly after
learning that she was to receive the award, she was diagnosed with leukemia
and was unable to attend the presentation. The award was accepted by Joan
Robertson, Toni’s stepmother.

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