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DEBRA GRANIK’S “DOWN TO THE BONE” captures MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE at 5th woodstock film festival

AMANDA MIChELI’S “DOUBLE DARE” TAKES HOME MAVERICK AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE DOC

·        Ten Maverick Awards Presented To Outstanding Indie Filmmakers

 

(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 World).

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.

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Audience Award for Feature Documentary went to Parallel Lines, directed by Nina Davenport. 

The Honorary 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. 
  Other Maverick Award winners included: 
Jeffrey Milstein  80 The Maverick 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.
Jeffrey Milstein  82 The Maverick Award for Excellence in Editing – Narrative Feature went to Frank Reynolds and Sam Neave for Unknown Soldier.  
Jeffrey Milstein  81 The Maverick Award for Excellence in Editing – Documentary Feature went to Purcell Carson for Double Dare.
  The Haskell 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.
 

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The Maverick Award for Best Short Narrative Film went to Taagen Swaby and Jon Fine for Flavio.

*Honorable Mentions: Corrie Jones for Victim and Chase Palmer for Shock and Awe.

Jurors were Rachel Sheedy (franchised agent, Don Buchwald Agency), Larry Fessenden (Wendigo) and Gill Holland (Desert Blue).

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The Maverick 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).

  The Maverick Award for Best Animated Film went to Chris Landreth for Ryan.

Honorary Mention: Ben Meinhardt for Animals in Love.

Jurors were Bill Plympton (Hair High), Signe Baumane (Five F*cking Fables), and Debra Solomon (Lizzie McGuire).

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The 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).

The Elmer 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.

Awards sponsors include Avid, Criterion, DiscMakers, Docurama, Kodak, Lowel Light, Markertek, Set Management, and Showbiz Software.

The handcrafted Maverick Award trophies are created by Woodstock artist Steve Heller, Fabulous Furniture.                              

The presenting sponsor of the 2004 Woodstock Film festival is MARKERTEK.COM, America’s largest broadcast supply house.

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 Arts.

The ‘fiercely 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 www.woodstockfilmfestival.com for complete, up-to-date information.

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For complete program info, visit the 2004 Schedule

Feature Narratives - Feature Documentaries
Shorts: Death, Confusion & Hysterics - Shorts: Love & Hate - Shorts: Coming of Age
Shorts: Animation - Short Documentaries - Shorts: Focus on Music
Youth Forum: Narratives - Youth Forum: Docs
Panels - Music - Specials

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