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Murray’s “Mouth to Mouth” Wins Top Awards at Brooklyn Fest

Murray's "Mouth to Mouth" Wins Top Awards at Brooklyn Fest

Murray’s “Mouth to Mouth” Wins Top Awards at Brooklyn Fest

by Ellen Keohane

A scene from Alison Murray’s “Mouth to Mouth,” winner of two awards at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Image provided by the festival.

The 8th annual Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) announced this year’s winners at an awards ceremony on June 12 at The Brooklyn Museum. Writer/director Alison Murray‘s “Mouth to Mouth” took home the “Best of Fest” Grand Chameleon Award as well as the award for best feature. The film follows a rebellious girl on a road trip across Europe with a cult-like collective named “Spark.” One hundred forty-three films were screened at this year’s festival, which took place from June 3-12 in Brooklyn, NY.

The best documentary award went to Ugyen Wangdi for “Price of Letter.” The film is about a 49-year-old postal runner from a mountain village in the Greater Himalayas of Bhutan. Matan Guggenheim won best short for “Crickets,” while the best experimental film award went to Gabriel Judet-Weinshel‘s “Facechasers.” Philippe Grammaticopoulos received the award for best animation for his film “Le Regulateur,” and the award for best new director went to Arin Crumley and Susan Buice for their film “Four Eyed Monsters.”

Audience Awards went to Ron Brown‘s “A Perfect Fit” for best feature, Kenny Hotz‘s “The Papal Chase” for best documentary, Tony Mosher‘s “Frijolito, Go!” for best short, Edouard Salier‘s “Empire” for best experimental film and Christopher Conforti‘s “Frog” for best animation.

In addition, Spirit Awards were given to Melissa Painter‘s “Steal Me” for best feature, Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky and Lisa Sleeth‘s “Seoul Train” for best documentary, Ali Benkirane‘s “Amal” for best short, Eliane Koller‘s “Element – Playing Planet” for best experimental film and Antanas Janauskas‘ “Short Circuit” (Trumpas Sujungimas) for best animation.

Certificates for outstanding achievement in acting were awarded to Jessica Bohl for her performance in “You Are Alone” and Robert Margolis in “The Definition of Insanity.” Other certificates were awarded to Andrea Costantini for production on “City Limits” (dentro la citta’), Petra Korner for cinematography on the short “Shards,” Hurt McDermott for the screenplay for “Nightingale in a Music Box,” Suki Hawley for editing on the documentary “Code 33,” and Brendan Kersey and Kenneth Cosimo for their work on the score for the feature “Flip a Coin.”

Actor/writer/director John Turturro also received a special award in honor of his commitment to independent filmmaking, as well as his longstanding history with Brooklyn.

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