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iW NEWS | “Half Moon” and “Taxi to the Dark Side” Among top Ojai Fest winners

iW NEWS | "Half Moon" and "Taxi to the Dark Side" Among top Ojai Fest winners

Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi‘s “Half Moon” received the best narrative feature prize, while Alex Gibney‘s “Taxi to the Dark Side” won the jury doc prize at the 8th Ojai Film Festival, which took place October 4 – 7. Also taking home nods from the California festival were Erik Sandoval‘s “Sharq” (best short) and Jackie Liao‘s “Dandelion” and Michael Sporn‘s “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” shared the animated shorts prize. Harris Goldberg‘s “Numb” won the audience award in the narrative category, while Logan Smalley‘s “Darius Goes West” took the prize in the doc category. Malcolm McDowell served as the Master of Ceremonies for the awards brunch, with highlights including screenwriter Alex Kurtzman presenting an Enrichment Through Education Award to James Hosney, a special tribute to late cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. [Brian Brooks]

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