The 14th annual Woodstock Film Festival which began Wednesday, October 2nd, and close on Sunday, October 6th, 2013, held its closing Maverick Awards Gala on Saturday night. THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed by Andrew Mudge won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative, and AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, directed by Grace Lee won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Documentary. The festival also presented director Peter Bogdanovich with the Honorary Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award was presented to acclaimed filmmaker and activist Mira Nair.
The Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative was presented to:
THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed by Andrew Mudge
Atang leaves the hustle of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten.
Honorable Mention was presented to WINTER IN THE BLOOD, directed by Alex and Andrew Smith
The Maverick Award for Best Feature Documentary was presented to:
AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, directed by Grace Lee
Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution may surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.
Honorable Mention was presented to MAGICAL UNIVERSE, directed by Jeremy Workman
The Maverick Award for Best Animation was presented to:
FERAL, directed by Daniel Sousa
Combining the traditional techniques of sand animation with digital processing, A TANGLED TALE, is the story of a wild boy, found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.
Honorable Mention was presented to A TANGLED TALE, directed by Corrie Francis Parks
The Diane Seligman Award for Best Short Narrative was presented to
THE EARTH, THE WAY I LEFT IT, directed by Jeff Pinilla
The Diane Seligman Award for Best Student Short Film was presented to
ABOVE THE SEA, directed by Keola Racela;
Honorable Mention was presented to LATE SPRING, directed by Zachery Kerschberg
The Diane Seligman Award for Best Short Documentary was presented to
POUSTINIA, directed by Kristian Berg
Honorable Mention was presented to THE BEAST AND THE ANGEL, directed by Shira Piven
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography was presented to
THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, cinematography by Carlos Carvalho
James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Narrative was presented to
THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM, directed and edited by Andrew Mudge
James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Documentary was presented to
THE MANOR, directed by Shawney Cohen and edited by Seth Poulin
Honorary Maverick Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to
Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon)
Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award was presented to
Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair)
Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award for Best Female Feature Director was presented to
Stacie Passon, director of CONCUSSION