2017 HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD RECIPIENT
Honorary Maverick Award was presented by Harry Lennix to Julie Taymor.
Julie Taymor received the Honorary Maverick Award. In addition to receiving the award, the Woodstock Film Festival will have a Special Tribute Screening of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, followed by a Q&A with director Julie Taymor and composer Elliot Goldenthal.
Filmmaker Award of Distinction
Filmmaker Award of Distinction was presented by Molly Thompson and Alex Gibney to Matthew Heineman.
Matthew Heineman received the Filmmaker Award of Distinction. In addition to receiving the award, the Woodstock Film Festival’s closing night film is Heineman's debut feature narrative, A PRIVATE WAR.
Best Narrative Feature
The Gigantic Pictures’ Feature Narrative Award went to Paul Starkman for WHEELS.
“We chose Wheels because it beautifully explores the powerfully precarious choices that brothers make that impact their lives and all of their relationships forever. Stunningly told and poignantly acted with depth and candor wheels stood out in a thrilling year of Woodstock film selections. It explores the fine line between constructive and instantly destructive decisions and their impact on our lives- in an instant everything changes.”
Honorable Mention went to Brendan Walter for SPELL.
A Special Award for ensemble cast went to John Stimpson for GHOST LIGHT. Jury members included Catherine Curtin, Lori Singer, and Carter Logan.
Best Documentary Feature:
The Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by Films We Like, was presented to Assia Boundaoui director for THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED.
Honorable Mention to director Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez for PERSONAL STATEMENT. Jury members included Richard Rowley, Susan Margolin, and Joe Berlinger.
Best Student Short sponsored by Gigantic Pictures, went to director Jisun Jamie Kim for A YEAR.
Jury members included Isil Bagdadi, Janet Grillo, and Tim Guinee.
The Woodstock Film Festival Ultra Indie Award, sponsored by Gray, Krauss, Stratford, Sandler, Des Rochers, LLP and Blackmagic Design, was presented to Alex Moratto for SOCRATES.
Best Animated Short was presented to Mark C. Smith for TWO BALLOONS. Jury members included Joy Buran, Noelle Melody, and Jessica Milazzo.
Best Short Documentary, sponsored by Markertek.com, went to Skye Fitzgerald for LIFEBOAT. Honorable mention to Lynne Sachs for CAROLEE, BARBARA & GUNVOR. Jury members included Jen Heck, Cynthia Kane, and Gene Fischer.
“We based our decision on what stories we felt most needed to be told, and what stories we hadn't seen before. We put special emphasis on films that show underrepresented people (like the older women in Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor). We wanted to cite a local filmmaker for an honorable mention as a nod to the importance of our growing creative community upstate.”
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography, sponsored by Panavision, went to Eric Bader for SPELL. Ellen Kuras served as the juror.
“Choosing a single film in this category was not easy. There’s been an explosion of great cinematography this year, and all of the films considered for the cinematography award stood out.
But the cinematography in this particular film is resonant, drawn with a deft touch. It is consistent and well crafted. The color palette and the choice of shots and lenses allow us a proximity to the characters, which aptly draws us into the drama and plays on our expectations, our emotions as viewers.”
The James Lyons Editing Award For Narrative Feature, sponsored by Technicolor Postworks NY, was presented to Kristina Davies editor for UNLOVABLE. Jury members included Joe Klotz, Madeline Gavin, and Sabine Hoffman.
The James Lyons Editing Award For Documentary Feature, sponsored by Technicolor Postworks NY, was presented to Rabab Haj Yahya editor for THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED. Jury members included Keiko Deguchi, Ann Collins, and Sabine Hoffman. Special mention: WRESTLE.
The Carpe Diem Andretta Award, sponsored by The Vincent J. Andretta Memorial Fund and presented to the film that best represents living life to the fullest, was awarded to director William Fichtner for COLD BROOK.