The 17th annual Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards Ceremony honored the exceptional films brought to the 2016 Woodstock Film Festival .
Academy Award® winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu attended specifically to honor David Linde, who was executive producer on Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning film, Biutiful. Iñárritu presented Linde with the Trailblazer Award for his leadership as CEO of Participant Media, bringing films of social change before audiences everywhere.
Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman received year’s Fiercely Independent Award from presenter Ben Foster, who starred in Moverman’s 2009 film The Messenger. The prolific writer, director and producer went on to direct Rampart, Time out of Mind and the upcoming film starring Richard Gere, The Dinner.
Documentary filmmaker Leon Gast was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by filmmaker/director Barbara Kopple. Gast’s award-winning documentaries span topics from bikers to Dead Heads and prizefighters to papparazzi. His newest film, Woodstock: A Love Poem, will be the closing night film at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Woodstock Playhouse.
This year’s ceremony featured new leadership for two awards categories. This is the first year that the Haskell Wexler Cinematography Award was presented by esteemed cinematographer and Wexler’s colleague, Ellen Kuras, continuing the tradition after Wexler’s passing this year. Animators Joy Burran and Noelle Melody bring a new perspective to the animation competition in their first year as competition jurors.
The Maverick Awards Ceremony also included presentation of awards for Best Feature Narrative, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Short Documentary, Best Animation Award, the James Lyons Editing Awards in Documentary and Narrative, The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award for Best Female Director, the Ultra Indie Award, the World Cinema Award, and the Carpe Diem Andretta Award.
The award winners are as follows:
The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE sponsored by GIGANTIC PICTURES was presented by jurors William Horberg, Mary Stuart Masterson, Jonathan Gray to:
SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS, directed by OLIVER SCHMITZ
The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY sponsored by THE BLUESTEIN FAMILY FOUNDATION was presented by jurors Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman, Nancy Abraham to:
STRONGER THAN BULLETS directed by MATTHEW MILLAN
Honorable Mention was presented to REAL BOY, directed by SHALEECE HAAS,
The Maverick Award for BEST ANIMATION was presented by jurors Joy Buran, Noelle Melody, Peter Ahern to:
SLOW WAVE, directed by ANDY KENNEDY
The Maverick Award for BEST SHORT NARRATIVE sponsored by GIGANTIC PICTURES was presented by Lucas Joaquin, Logan Hill, Isil Bagdadi to:
GRAFFITI, directed by LLIUS QUILEZ
The Maverick Award for BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY sponsored by FILMSWELIKE was presented by jurors Cynthia Kane, Diana Holtzberg, Gene Fischer to:
LA LAGUNA, directed by AARON SCHOC
The Haskell Wexler Award for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY sponsored by PANAVISION NY was presented by juror Ellen Kuras to:
SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS, directed by OLIVER SCHMITZ with cinematography by LEAH STRIKER
THE JAMES LYONS EDITING AWARD for NARRATIVE FEATURE sponsored by Technicolor Postworks NY, presented by jurors Sabine Hoffman, Barbara Pokras, ACE, Gary Levy, ACE to:
PAINT IT BLACK, edited by PAUL FRANK
Honorable Mention was presented to MY FERAL HEART, edited by BENJAMIN GERSTEIN
THE JAMES LYONS EDITING AWARD for DOCUMENTARY FEATURE sponsored by Technicolor Postworks NY presented by jurors Sabine Hoffman, Carla Gutierrez, Mako Kamitsuna to:
REAL BOY, edited by ANDREW GERSH
Honorable Mention was presented to KIVALINA, directed by GINA ABATEMARCO
ULTRA INDIE AWARD sponsored by Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers and Blackmagic was presented by jurors Alicia Van Couverings, Joe Amodei, Janet Grillo to:
HALFWAY, directed by BEN CAIRD
Honorable Mention was presented to MY FIRST KISS AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED, directed by LUIGI CAMPI
The WORLD CINEMA AWARD presented by jurors Wendy Lidell, Claude dal Farra, Lori Singer to:
NERUDA, directed by PABLO LARRAIN
Honorable Mention was presented to CLEAN HANDS, for an outstanding performance by Thekla Reuten
TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT JUICE AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE FEATURE DIRECTOR sponsored by TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT, was presented by jurors Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell to:
MARIA GOVAN, of PLAY THE DEVIL
CARPE DIEM AWARD ANDRETTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM , for living life to its fullest, in honor of Vincent Jay Andretta III, was presented by Lauri and Jimmy Andretta to:
A YEAR BY THE SEA, directed by ALEXANDER JANKO
FIERCELY INDEPENDENT AWARD was presented by Ben Foster to: Oren Moverman
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS
JUNCTION 48 by UDI ALONI took Audience Award Honors for Narrative Feature with an average score of 4.84 out of 5.
MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING by RICKI STERN and ANNIE SUNDBERG took Audience Award Honors for Documentary with an average score of 4.94 out of 5
Image: Award winners and presenters gather on stage at the 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards Ceremony. Photo by Simon Russell