The fun folks have either gone home or are no on their way home. For 11 strong days the Dallas IFF enlightened, entertained, and endeared itself into a hungry film community. Over the next few weeks PSD will share with you some of the wonderful memories of the full film festival. We start tonight by checking out Closing Night at the Texas Theatre.
For the closing night the activities were spread the farthest out the festival has ever reached. From the Angelika Plano down to the Texas Theatre and ending in the penthouse of the Joule. PSD spent its Closing Night at the historic Texas Theatre. We started our day by watching the third screening of Five Time Champion.
The film received the MPS Studios Texas Filmmaker Award. Almost the entire cast and members of the crew made it to Dallas IFF. Director Berndt Mader and Producer Ezra Venatos created a significant coming of age story that highlights a talented team on the rise.
Five Time Champion Producer Ezra Venatos taking a break in the Historic Oswald seat.
We’ll have more from the award winning filmmaker Berndt Mader later in the week, but he did have one special goodbye.
The Dallas IFF award winning films:
Target Narrative Feature: JESS + MOSS
Dir: Clay Jeter
Target Documentary Feature: ELEVATE
Dir: Anne Buford
Honorable Mention: PARKED
Dir: Darragh Byrne
Special Jury Prize, Acting: SURROGATE VALENTINE, Goh Nakamura
Dir: Dave Boyle
MPS Studios Texas Filmmaker Award: FIVE TIMES CHAMPION
Dir: Berndt Mader
Special Jury Prize: WUSS
Dir: Clay Liford
Silver Heart Award:ZERO PERCENT
Dir: Tim Skousen
Environmental Visons Grand Jury Prize: IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT
Dir: Marshall Curry
Grand Jury Prize Short: THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM
Dir: Jerome Sable
Special Mention Short, Directing: GREEN CRAYONS
Dir: Kazik Radwanski
Special Mention: WORST ENEMY
Dir: Lake Bell
Grand Jury Prize for Student Short: THE ROBBERY
Dir: Johnny Ma
Special Mention Student Short: THE BIRDS UPSTAIRS
Dir: Christopher Jarvis
Grand Jury Prize, Animated Short: PATHS OF HATE
Dir: Damian Nenow
Narrative Feature: SNOWMEN
Dir: Robert Kirbyson
Documentary Feature: WILD HORSE WILD RIDE
Dir: Alex Dawson, Greg Gricus
Short: THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM
Dir: Jerome Sable
TXU ENERGY “Light Up the Red Carpet” VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS FOR HIGH SCHOOLS:
$7500 prize winner – LOOKING OUT FOR TEXAS – Richardson High School
Dir: Kassidy Testut
$5000 prize winner– I WANT TO MAKE YOU HAPPY – Booker T. Washington
Dir: Christian Vasquez. Writer: Spencer Kenney. Cinematographers: Amelia Mickelsen and Caryl Shiell
$2500 prize winner– THE AFTERMATH – Garland High School
Dir: Olivia Pich. Cinematographer: Jeffrey Rivas. Also Stafford Parrish
TXU ENERGY “Light Up the Red Carpet” VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS FOR COLLEGES:
$7500 prize winner– QUEEN KILL-A-WATT – The Art Institute of Dallas
DIR: Katherine Yarbrough. Director of Photography: Nik Pavlov
$5000 prize winner– AFTER THE DARK – University of Texas at Arlington
Dir: Aaron Carolina
$2500 prize winner– ZEPHYR – University of North Texas
Creators: Dylan Voisard, Andrea Rosales Santillan, Patrick Perkins
Music: William Naley
2011 DALLAS IFF JURY MEMBERS:
NARRATIVE FEATURE JURY includes:
Will Canon– Director of 2010 festival favorite, BROTHERHOOD
Kim Yutani– Programmer for Sundance Film Festival, Outfest, RAW CUT Filmfest
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE JURY includes:
Stephen Nemeth– Head of Rhino Films and has produced FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE and DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS among many others.
Basil Tsiokos– Documentary Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival and consultant for filmmakers and film festivals. Regular contributor to indieWIRE.
MPS STUDIOS TEXAS COMPETITION JURY includes:
David Gil, Jr. – Film Competition Programmer at the Austin Film Festival
Burton Gilliam– One of Hollywood’s most iconic character actors for 37 years with roles in PAPER MOON, BLAZING SADDLES, HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, FLETCH and many more.
Philip Wuntch– Film Critic of The Dallas Morning News from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. He was the first arts writer in the Dallas media to have the title “film critic”.
ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONS COMPETITION JURY includes:
Rob Ganger– Head of Pollinator Media Group and is currently producing Earth Day Dallas 2011. Rob is also executive producer of award-winning documentary TRUDELL.
Michael Nash– Director of CLIMATE REFUGEES, the Environmental Visions Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2010 DALLAS IFF.
Troy Stuckey– Professor at the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU, Dallas
SHORT COMPETITION JURY includes:
Topaz Adizes– Director of short films LAREDO, TEXAS, TRECE ANOS and CITY as well as the feature documentary AMERICANA.
Ryan Silbert– Independent filmmaker and founding partner of Toy Closet Films. Recent credits include Academy Award winner GOD OF LOVE as well as HOLY ROLLERS and THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE.
STUDENT COMPETITION JURY includes:
Beth Spitalny–Writer and Director of PROCESSION – a previous DALLAS IFF Grand Jury Prize for Best Student Short.
Chase Whale – Co-founder, owner and Editor-in-Chief of GordonandtheWhale.com
ANIMATION COMPETITION JURY includes:
Reel FX Entertainment– Funded in 1993, Reel FX is an award-winning creative studio where accomplished artists and preeminent technology converge to produce extraordinary creative solutions. Their services include visual effects, animation, design and creative editorial.
SILVER HEART JURY includes:
Embrey Family Foundation – The Foundation was established in 2004 for the purpose of supporting programs that advance human rights, healthy communities, the environment, education and creativity.
After the screening of Five Time Champion their was the Closing Night Red Carpet.
Beautiful Kate French (Green Dress) chatted with PSD about the major difference in working on a film rather then a TV show.
In the film, Directed by Rocky Powell, Kate got to play someone so different then her TV roles. She talked about being able to play against what she’s been labeled.
Also in Language of a Broken Heart is well-known veteran actress Julie White. Julie was awesome enough to give the scoop on her latest project in the work at ABC.
I do believe I’ve convinced Julie to go with her bold venture and set up shop in our fair city.
We also caught up with the Writer of Spilt Milk Dan Bower (UNT ALUM – on left with blue shirt) and Producer Marc Stephens (sunglasses). Dan summed up the greatness of the Fest and got to the heart of his movie.
I asked Marc about the film’s obvious Dallas setting, talent, and crew.
Check in each day as we’ll have more fun interviews and stories from the Dallas IFF 2011.