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“Mother” & “Twins” Win Top NewFest Prizes

"Mother" & "Twins" Win Top NewFest Prizes

Quebecois director Xavier Dolan’s “I Killed My Mother” won Best Narrative Feature, while “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” by Leanne Pooley took the prize in the documentary category over the weekend at the 22nd NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival. The prizes were handed out by the festival’s executive director Lesli Klainberg, Steve Mendelsohn, co-president of the NewFest board of directors as well as actor Ash Christian and former honoree, filmmakers Kimberly Reed (“Prodigal Sons”) and John G. Young (“Rivers Wash Over Me”). Filmmaker Casper Andreas’ “Vioent Tendencies” with Mindy Cohn, Marcus Patrick and Jess Archer closed out the fest, which took place June 3 – 13 in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.

“Mother” is a semi-autobiographical film about Dolan as a gay teen at odds with his mother, while “Topp Twins” profiles New Zealand’s ” finest lesbian country and western singers and the country’s greatest export since rack of lamb and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy.” Andreas’ “Violent Tendencies,” meanwhile centers on a woman who distances herself from her gay friends in an effort to get a straight boyfriend.

Full list of winners

Jury Awards:

Best Narrative Short: “Curious Thing” by Alain Hain

Best Documentary Short: (Tie) “At Night I Was Beautiful” by Steven Wilsey; “Last Address” by Ira Sachs

Best Documentary Feature: “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” by Leanne Pooley

Best Narrative Feature: “I Killed My Mother” by Xavier Dolan

Outstanding Performance: Morty Diamond as Syd in “Open”

Outstanding Performance Honorable Mention: Tatiana Maslany as Ruby in “Grown Up Movie Star”

Audience Awards:

Documentary: “Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement” by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir

Narrative: “Children of God” by Kareem Mortimer

Short Film: “Go-Go Reject” by Michael J. Saul

New Draft Script Competition:

“Vampire Strippers Must Die!” by Keith Hartmann

“The Mystic Chord” by Rob Williams

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