The 19th annual Woods Hole Film Festival wrapped up last Saturday, with the announcement of the festival’s winners at the Landfall Restaurant. Chris Ordal’s “Earthwork,” which profiles real-life crop artist Stan Herd, took home the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, while “Louder Than a Bomb,” from directors Greg Jacob and Jon Siskel (the late Gene Siskel’s nephew) walked away with two awards: Best Documentary and ‘Best of the Fest’ Audience Award. The double award winner follows four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for the world’s largest youth slam.
Other top jury award-winners include Greg Croteau’s “The Aristocrat,” about a traveling salesman in the late 1980’s. Croteau picked up the New England Emerging Artist Award (Feature) for his drama. Best Film in the Cape Cod Section went to Victoria Campbell’s “House of Bones,” a portrait of a family coming together over the death of the matriarch.
Meanwhile in the shorts categories, the AIDS documentary,”Calling My Children,” from director David Binder, was a big winner, picking up two awards; Best Short Documentary and the New England Emerging Artist Award (Short). Best Narrative Short went to Paul Yee’s animated “Piquo,” about a girl from the Arctic Tundra who ends up as the odd girl out at her class of five’s senior prom.
In announcing the winners, Executive Director Judy Laster remarked, “With 80% of filmmakers attending this year, it was truly a filmmaker’s festival. Having Filmmaker in Residence and two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple speak after the screening of her films also contributed to the collegial atmosphere.”
In addition, the Audience Award winners were:
Best of the Fest: “Louder Than a Bomb” by Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel, Chicago
Best Narrative Feature, Comedy: “The Drummond Will” by Allan Butterworth, United Kingdom
Best Narrative Feature, Dramatic: “Earthwork” by Chris Ordal, Los Angeles
Best Documentary Feature: “The Rivals” by Kirk Wolfinger, Maine
Best Documentary Short: “A Life Taken” by Josh Banville, Boston
Best Dramatic Short: “Death, Taxes & Apple Juice” by Tamar Halpern, US
Best Animated Short: “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger” by Bill Plympton, New York
Best Cape Cod Section: “House of Bones” by Victoria Campbell, Martha’s Vineyard
Best Children’s Short: “The Happy Duckling” by Gili Dolev, Scotland