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The House That Jack Built directed by Henry BarrialThe House That Jack Built directed by Henry Barrial

The House That Jack Built directed by Henry Barrial is the big winner of the 2014 Phoenix Film Festival, winning the awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Henry Barrial, and Best Screenplay posthumously went to Joseph Vasquez. According to the filmmakersThe House That Jack Built took nearly 20-years to complete. The script was written by Joseph Vasquez, whose life was cut short in 1995 when he died of AIDS after an extended struggle with severe Bi-polar disorder, a story documented in Entertainment Weekly.  

in the film, Jack Maldonado is an ambitious young Latino man who, fueled by misguided nostalgia, buys a small apartment building in the Bronx and moves his boisterous family into the apartments to live rent-free. His parents, Carlos and Martha, sister Nadia, brother Richie and his wife Rosa, Grandmother / Abuela and cousins Hector and Manny, all under one roof. Tension builds quickly as Jack imposes his views on everyone around him, including his fiancée, Lily. All the while, he hides the fact that his corner store is a front for selling marijuana, but soon has to deal with new unwanted competitive forces. It’s only a matter of time before Jack’s family and ‘business’ lives collide in tragic fashion


The Joe Show, a documentary about America’s most controversial Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and his ringmaster’s approach to media, politics and law enforcement, directed by Randy Murray won the award for Best Documentary.  The Cox Audience Award went to Life Inside Out directed by Jill D’Agnenica. The film tells the parallel stories of Laura, a devoted mother of three teenage boys, and her youngest son Shane, the family misfit. When Laura stumbles upon her long forgotten guitar, the former passion of her youthful life, and Shane begins to discover musical gifts of his own, their lives change in complex and unpredictable ways.

Complete list of awards and winners of the 2014 Phoenix Film Festival.

International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Fest Awards

Best Sci-Fi  Short – The Developer
Best Sci-Fi Feature – S.O.S: Save Our Skins
Best Horror Short – The Carriage or Dracula and My Mother
Best Horror Feature – Billy Club

Short Film Awards

Best Grade/High School Short – As Always
College – Til Death
Arizona – Long Way
Best Arizona Short Documentary – For the Love of Dogs
Short Documentary – Eugene
Animated – Estefan
Live Action – Ice

World Cinema Awards

World Cinema Short – Mr. Invisible
World Cinema Documentary – The Aryans
World Cinema Director – Petr Nikolaev, Godfather’s Story
World Cinema Best Picture – When I Saw You
World Cinema Audience Award Winner – The Aryans

Foundation Awards

Arizona Filmmakers of the Year – Josh Kasselman and Stephanie Lucas
Volunteer of the Year – Marty Freetage

Feature Film Awards

Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award – Eddie Jemison and Sean Richardson – King of Herrings
Special Achievement in Acting – Elias Koteas, Jake Squared
Best Ensemble – Teddy Bears
Best Director – Henry Barrial – The House That Jack Built
Best Screenplay –  Joseph Vasquez – The House That Jack Built
Best Documentary – The Joe Show
Best Picture – The House That Jack Built
Cox Audience Award – Life Inside Out 

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