The 16th annual Stony Brook Film Festival wrapped over the weekend with a closing night screening of Yasemin Samdereli’s German comedy “Almanya” and an awards ceremony where Michael Cuesta’s “Roadie” took the top honor (Jury Award Best Feature).
In other categories Ron Termaat’s drama “Don’t Touch My Children” won the Audience Choice Award and Kate Connor and Michael Worth’s “Fort McCoy” nabbed the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking award.
Below find the full list of winners with synopses provided by Stony Brook.
Jury Award Best Feature
Directed by Michael Cuesta. Written by Gerald Cuesta and Michael Cuesta. With Ron Eldard, Lois Smith, Jill Hennessy and Bobby Cannavale. Produced by Mike Downey and Sirad Balducci. From Hero Content.
“Roadie” stars Ron Eldard as the rock band roadie who heads home to Long Island when he’s fired by the Blue Oyster Cult, the band he’s been with for years. His portrayal of a guy with a classic rock, working class pedigree was utterly convincing. The cast also includes Jill Hennessy and Bobby Cannavale, a Tony-Award nominee this Broadway season.
Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
Directed by Michael Worth. Written by Kate Connor. With Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Lyndsy Fonseca, Andy Hirsch and Seymour Cassel. Produced by Eric Stoltz and Kate Connor. From Marzipan Entertainment.
“Fort McCoy” was an actual prisoner of war camp in Wisconsin during World War II. Kate Connor tells the story based on her mother’s experiences there. Her father was a barber who moved his family to Fort McCoy to work for the American Army.
Audience Choice – Best Short
A film by John Salcido.
Good looking, successful, and single, Sidney has a clever solution for an unusual medical problem. He just never factored in his friends.
Jury Award – Best Short
A film by Andrew Bowler.
A neurotic inventor creates a time machine and gets lost traveling around yesterday.