Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America, narrated by Katey Sagal, is a captivating feature length documentary that proves a beauty pageant is more than just a sash and a crown. This inspiring piece follows five women with disabilities on their journeys towards the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant and explores the lives they lead in the face of adversity

The 2011 Staten Island Film Festival finally came to an end and held its closing award ceremonies, and the the big winner was Lovinder Singh Gill’s “Stalemate” which won the award for Best Picture. “StaleMate” is a story about how we are 100% sure that we want something and then, in a split second, we realize we never wanted it in the first place.  Kayleigh has finally found the perfect man; unfortunately, he comes in the form of two men she is dating, Richard and Arthur. They are wonderful in different ways and are complimentary pieces to the same puzzle – Kayleigh’s heart.

Winners:

Best Actress, Lori Martini, from “Caught”

Best Actor, Ernest Borgnine, “Night Club”

Best Documentary Short, “From the Ground Up”

Best Documentary Feature, “Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America”

Best Drama Short, “Bright”; Best Thriller, “Between the Floors”

Best Comedy Short, “Morning Honey”

Best Cinematography, “Crossroads”

Best New Filmmaker, Sean Marlon Newcombe, “Scenes From a Campaign”

Best Staten Island Local Short, “Green Apples & Wannabes”

Best Staten Island Local Feature, “Nightclub”

Best Short Screenplay, “Sexcut”

Best Feature Screenplay, “The 7-Day Diary”

Audience Choice Short, “Gus”

Audience Choice Documentary, “P-Star Rising”

Audience Choice Comedy, “Sexcut”

Audience Choice Drama, “Close-Up”

Audience Choice Feature, “Desert Rain”

Best Director, Salvatore Petrosino, “Crossroads”

Best Short Film, “Gus”; Best Picture, “Stalemate”

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