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iW NEWS | Hammer To Nail Awards Laud Hammer, “Frownland”

iW NEWS | Hammer To Nail Awards Laud Hammer, "Frownland"

The inaugural Hammer to Nail Awards, presented by contributors to Hammer To Nail, an organization created ” to champion the most adventurous, ambitious, provocative, and exciting low-budget American narrative cinema of the very moment,” were announced this past Friday. Honoring American narratives made for under one million dollars that either premiered or received some form of a theatrical release in 2008, awards included the Golden Hammer Award, given to director Lance Hammer for his work on “Ballast,” the Silver Nail Award, given to “Prince of Broadway“‘s Sean Baker, and the Best Film of 2008 Award, given to Ronald Bronstein‘s “Frownland.” The awards also listed their top 13 films of 2008, which were in order: “Frownland,” “Momma’s Man,” “Ballast,” “Wendy and Lucy,” “The Pleasure of Being Robbed,” “Shotgun Stories,” “Prince of Broadway,” “Take Out,” “The Pool,” “Afterschool,” “Glory at Sea,” “Chop Shop” and “Medicine For Melancholy.” For further explanation and detailed reasoning for choices, visit the organization’s website. [Peter Knegt]

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