As I made my way through the countless checkpoints (I just hope no one's wearing rubber gloves up ahead), I finally reached the bash, which happened to be decked out in a Western motif. Buffet tables consisting of southern style food including corn bread, beef skewers, and shredded bbq pork lined the walls on each side. Scantily clad cowgirls danced in covered wagons silhouetted to the audience, and of course, plenty of free alcohol.
Multiple announcements were made to instruct everyone to their seats, but in order to make an effective impact, the open bar was shut down. Wow, that actually worked.
William H. Macy, in a cowboy getup, hosted the event along with an assortment of filmmakers and actors including American Psycho director Mary Harron, The Science of Sleep actor Gael Garcia Bernal, and the always energized marvel Quentin Tarantino posing as presenters. Let the awards begin!
Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award: Huacho, Here, Apoptosis, and The Happiest Girl in the World
Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking: Aquarium, August 15th, The Crown (La Corona), Oiran Lyrics, Spider, Suspension, and W
Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking: International: Soft
Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking: U.S.: My Olympic Summer & Sikumi (On the Ice)
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: Sleep Dealer
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary: Recycle
World Cinema Documentary Editing Award: The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins
World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary: Durakovo: Village of Fools (Durakovo: Le Village Des Fous)
World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary: Man on Wire
World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: Blue Eyelids (Parpados Azules)
World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic: King of Ping Ping (Ping Pongkingen)
World Cinema Screenwriting Award: I Always Wanted to be a Gangster (J'ai Toujours Reve D'etre un Gangster)
World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic: Mermaid (Rusalka)
World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic: King of Ping Pong (Ping Pongkingen)
World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary: Man on Wire
World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic: Captain Abu Raed
Audience Award: Documentary: Fields of Fuel
Audience Award: Dramatic: The Wackness
Special Jury Prize: Documentary: Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: The Spirit of Independence: Anywhere, U.S.A.
Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: Work by an Ensemble Cast: Choke
Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary: Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic: Ballast
(Photo Caption: Ballast - Director and Cast)
Documentary Editing Award: Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Sleep Dealer
Directing Award: Documentary: American Teen
(Photo Caption: American Teen Director - Nanette Burstein and Cast and Crew)
Directing Award: Dramatic: Ballast
Grand Jury Prize: Documentary: Trouble the Water
Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Frozen River
The 2008 Sundance Film Festival has come to a close, and I'm worn the fuck out! Who knew sitting on my ass for ten days watching movies could put so much wear and tear on the body? I need a vacation.
See Ya Next Year!