tallgrass film festival audience award winners 2014

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ONdirected by Al Hicks is the winner of the Vimeo Audience Award Documentary Feature, and THE DAVID DANCE, directed by Aprill Winney is the winner of Vimeo Audience Award Narrative Feature at the12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON depicts a 23-­year­-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, and music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89.   A winter drama set in Buffalo, NY, THE DAVID DANCE tells the story of David, who is soft spoken, shy and unsure of himself. However, as his on-air alias ‘Danger Dave,’ the host of “Gay Talk,” he’s poised, witty, and every listener’s best friend! Then life one day throws him a lemon. Past and present intertwine to tell the story of a man learning to love and accept himself.

Vimeo Audience Awards

Vimeo Audience Award Short ($500): FOOLS DAY, Dir. Cody Blue Snider
Runner Up: THE PHONE CALL, Dir. Matt Kirby

Vimeo Audience Award Documentary Feature ($1,000): KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ONDir. Al Hicks
Runner Up: THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST, Dir. Gabriel London

Vimeo Audience Award Narrative Feature:($1,000): THE DAVID DANCE, Dir. Aprill Winney
Runner Up: A IS FOR ALEX, Dir. Alex Orr

Programming Awards

Best Emerging Filmmaker Short: LAUNDRY DAY, Dir. Michael Stevantoni

Best Kansas Short: COUNTER PARTS, Dir. Patrick Rea

Golden Strands Documentary Awards

Outstanding Documentary for Cinematic Legacy: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES, Dir. Wiktor Ericsson

Outstanding Documentary in Recognition of Social Action: SILENCED, Dir. James Spione

Outstanding Documentary: THE OVERNIGHTERS, Dir. Jesse Moss

Golden Strands Narrative Awards

Outstanding New Talent: John Diaz, FIVE STAR

Outstanding Ensemble Cast: The Cast of LOVE LAND, Dir. Joshua Tate

Outstanding Cinematography: Sean Porter, KUMIKO: THE TREASURE HUNTER

Outstanding Narrative: MAN FROM RENO, Dir. David Boyle

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