A film about a young man who set aside his comfortable life to help children at an AIDS orphanage in India won the top prize at the 2013 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film, “Blood Brother,” a 93-minute film directed by Steve Hoover, was named Best Feature Documentary.
“Not Yet Begun to Fight,” by Sabrina Lee and Shasta Grenier, won the 2013 Big Sky Award, given each year to the best documentary film about the American West. The 60-minute film tells the story of a retired Marine colonel who brings five traumatically wounded military veterans to Montana to learn to fly fish. Notably, that film’s director of photography, Justin Lubke, himself won the Big Sky Award in 2008 for his film, “Class C.”
“Amar,” a 9-minute film by UK filmmaker Andrew Hinton about a 14-year old boy’s difficult daily life, won the Best Mini Documentary award. “Slomo,” Joshua Izenberg’s film about a neurologist who decides to give up his job in search of greater meaning, won Best Short Documentary.
“The Thick Dark Fog,” a film by Randy Vasquez about a Lakota man’s efforts to reclaim his heritage, was honored with a Big Sky Artistic Vision citation. “The Words in the Margins,” a 15-minute film by Sara Mott about a unique friendship forged between an illiterate American man and his Kenyan reading tutor, received a Mini Documentary Artistic Vision citation. “Do Not Duplicate,” a film by Jonathan Mann and Sean McGing about a safecracker and artist in New York City, received a Short Documentary Artistic Vision citation.