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iW NEWS | Phang’s “Half Life” Takes Best Feature at Gen Art Fest

iW NEWS | Phang's "Half Life" Takes Best Feature at Gen Art Fest

Jennifer Phang‘s drama “Half Life” won the “Acura Grand Jury for Best Feature” prize at the Gen Art Film Festival in New York, capping the week long event. Best short went to Christina Voros‘ “The Ladies,” while the festival’s “Stargazer Award,” honoring “breakout talent for excellence” went to Luis Chavez for his role in the short “A Day’s Work.” Taking home audience nods for best feature and short respectively were Doug Pray‘s doc “Surfwise” and Rajeev Dassani‘s “A Day’s Work.” The 13th Gen Art Film Festival closed with the U.S. premiere of “The Take” starring John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez. “By all measures this has been our most successful festival to date,” said Jeffrey Abramson, Gen Art VP of film. “Not only did we see an increase in full festival pass holders, but the majority of the 14 filmmakers (and their teams) were on hand the entire week to support each other’s films, which created an incredible feeling of encouragement, camaraderie and excitement which was absolutely contagious.” [Brian Brooks]

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