|A scene of the documentary
entitled “Curtis” shines through the upstairs
balcony at the Abbey Theater./Photo by Todd Newcomer
The fourth annual Durango Film Festival concluded yet
another successful year last Sunday. After it was all
said and done, more than 7,000 attendees viewed 125 different
films in various genres. The 2004 Durango Film Festival
award winners follow:
Children’s Film: “Spidermen”
A short film from director/producer Harry Kellerman on
a young boy’s efforts to reclaim his Halloween candy
Live Action Short: “25,
5 & 3” Director Sonny Quinn shows the
struggles of Jim, a father freshly released from prison
attempting to reunite with his estranged adult son.
Animated Short: “The Old Man With
Knapsack” Directors HyunKyung Park and Woonki
Kim won for the depiction of Ernest Hemingway selling
The Old Man and the Sea to a movie studio and his adaptation
for the big screen.
First Feature: “The
Handcuff King” A feature by director Arto
Koskinen about a troubled Finnish boy who is torn between
right and wrong, Finland and Sweden, love and hate, and
memories of the past.
Jury Commendation Feature: “A
Man Like Me” Julius Kemp and Clarence Hui
teamed up to construct this feature about an Iceland postal
worker battling the complications of falling in love with
a Chinese immigrant.
Documentary Feature: “Born Into
Brothels” Directors Ross Kauffman and Zana
Briski document a journey of how photographer Zana Briski
saved kids from Calcutta’s red light district by
sharing the talent and opportunities that are embodied
in the art of photography.
Jury Commendation Documentary:
“Long Gone” This film
directed by Jack Cahill portrays the life and values of
hobos who still ride the rails.
Filmmakers Award: “Born Into Brothels”
Regional Audience Award: “Mending
the Sacred Hoop” Director James Kleinert
creates a deeper look into the life of the Lakota Nation
after an American Indian peace movement was started in
Audience Award: “Born Into Brothels”
Student Film: “Sonata”
Director Boris Undorf illustrates sharp contrast between
fairy tales and mystery as a little girl grows up balancing
childhood isolation and the evils of the adult world.
Durango School Children: “Gateball”
A short on a small Japanese town’s gateball
championship and how one shot changed the entire game,
by director Takashi Kawashima.
Short Documentary: “Chernobyl
Heart” Director/Producer and Academy Award
winner Maryann DeLeo traces the path of the Chernobyl
Children’s Project representatives who see the affects
of the nuclear contamination in Belarus.
Narrative Feature: “Moonlight”
An adopted girl keeps a wounded drug courier boy
found near her house a secret, by director Paula van der