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DEBRA GRANIK’S “DOWN
TO THE BONE” captures MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE at 5th
woodstock film festival
“DOUBLE DARE” TAKES HOME MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE DOC
Ten Maverick Awards Presented To Outstanding Indie
|(Woodstock, NY) October 17, 2004 — The 2004 Maverick Awards, emceed by
the poignant and hilarious Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine (right)
were announced for the 5th Annual Woodstock Film
Festival. Top honors went to Debra Granik’s Down to the Bone,
which took home the Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative while
Amanda Micheli’s Double Dare won the Maverick Award for Best
Feature Documentary at the WFF Maverick Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October
17th in Woodstock, New York. US Weekly Film Critic Thelma Adams
presented Granik with the Award while Susan Margolin of Docurama and juror Brett
Morgen presented to Micheli.
Granik’s Down to the Bone starring
award-winning Vera Farmiga, chronicles a young mother’s struggle to raise two
sons and keep her stale marriage together while managing a secret cocaine
habit. Granik and Richard Lieske wrote the screenplay which was produced by
Susan Leber and Anne Rosellini. The film was shot in the Hudson Valley.
Micheli’s Double Dare is a candid look at two
Hollywood stuntwomen, who pursue tough careers in male-dominated Tinseltown.
Double Dare was produced by Karen Johnson and Danielle Renfrew.
Feature Jurors: Thelma Adams (film critic, US Weekly),
Fisher Stevens (actor, director, producer Just A Kiss, swimfan,
Pinero, Uptown Girls), Ira Deutchman (producer, Center of the
Documentary Jurors: Academy Award nominee Liz Garbus (The
Farm, The Execution of Wanda Jean, Girlhood), Academy Award
nominee Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture, On the Ropes), Jackie
Glover (Director, Documentary Programming, HBO).
Audience Award for Feature Narrative went to
Speak, directed by Jessica Sharzer.
Audience Award for Feature Documentary went to
Parallel Lines, directed by Nina Davenport.
Maverick Award was presented to acclaimed director Mira Nair for her fierce
independence regarding art and politics. Grammy-winning recording artist Peter
Gabriel presented the award to Nair.
Award winners included:
Award for Excellence in Editing was presented for the first time this year
in two categories: Best Feature Film and Best Documentary. Jurors
were Sabine Hoffman, Sarah Flack and Doug Abel.
Award for Excellence in Editing – Narrative Feature went to Frank Reynolds
and Sam Neave for Unknown Soldier.
Award for Excellence in Editing – Documentary Feature went to Purcell Carson
for Double Dare.
Wexler Award for Best Cinematography judged by the renowned cinematographer,
was presented to Xavi Gimenez for The Machinist. The film was
directed by Brad Anderson.
Award for Best Short Narrative Film went to Taagen Swaby and Jon Fine for Flavio.
Mentions: Corrie Jones for Victim and Chase Palmer for Shock
Jurors were Rachel
Sheedy (franchised agent, Don Buchwald Agency), Larry Fessenden (Wendigo)
and Gill Holland (Desert Blue).
Award for Best Short Documentary went to Sascha Paladino for Obstinato:
Making Music for Two.
Jurors were Leon
Gast (When We Were Kings), Lee Hirsch (Amandla! A Revolution in Four
Part Harmony), and Rebecca Cammisa (Sister Helen).
Award for Best Animated Film went to Chris Landreth for Ryan.
Ben Meinhardt for Animals in Love.
Jurors were Bill
Plympton (Hair High), Signe Baumane (Five F*cking Fables), and
Debra Solomon (Lizzie McGuire).
Maverick Award for Best Student Short Film went to Cary Fukunaga for
Victoria Para Chino (NYU)
Honorary Mention: Coded Language by Nick
Schwartz (Florida State University).
Jurors were Jeff Abramson (director, Gen Art Film
Festival), Kristen Lynch (director, French Short Film Festival), Jeremiah Newton
(film industry liaison, New York University), and Clayton Patterson (video
artist and author).
Bernstein Award was not presented this year due to the passing of Mr.
Bernstein, but the festival hopes to continue to honor him by presenting this
award for Best Score in the future.
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Maverick Award trophies are created by Woodstock artist Steve Heller, Fabulous
The presenting sponsor of the 2004 Woodstock Film festival
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Major sponsors include Catskill Mountain Region Guide,
Ruder Finn, and Reality Check.
The Key Sponsor is Schieffelin & Co.
Made possible in part by the New York State Council on the
independent’ Woodstock Film Festival celebrated its 5th Anniversary
this year. More than 120 films, panels, concerts, and special events were
featured at venues in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck and
Hunter. Please visit
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