The 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival wrapped up last night, with attendees appointing Travis Fine’s gripping drama “Any Day Now” and Jonathan Kalafer’s feel-good documentary “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story” as 2012 Audience Award winners.
“Any Day Now” took home the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Film. Travis Fine’s film, set in 1979, follows the journey of a gay couple seeking to adopt a mentally-handicapped boy in the face of a biased legal system. “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story” won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film tells the story of a 5th grade chorus from Staten Island, made famous after their YouTube videos went viral, and their journey as the closing act at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony.
The top awards were also given out at Saturday’s Gala Awards ceremony at Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston. Robert Carlyle’s “California Solo” won The Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative, with Honorable Mention for Nathan Silver’s “Exit Elena” and Benjamin Dickinson’s “First Winter.” Treva Wurmfeld’s “Shepard & Dark” received the award for Best Feature Documentary, with an Honorable Mentions for “Virgin Tales,” directed by Mirjam von Arx. Jonathan Demme and Time Blake Nelson were among Honorary Award recipients.