Winners of the 22nd Annual
Stony Brook Film Festival
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Jury Award Best Feature
United States - 93 min
Directed by Catherine Eaton.
Written by Bryan Delaney and Catherine Eaton.
Catherine Eaton, Teddy Sears, Harris Yulin, Frankie
Faison and David Furr.
Writer-Director-Actress Catherine Eaton gives a stunning performance as Liv, a
mysterious woman residing on an island off the coast of Maine who has chosen to
remain silent for years. When she suffers a terrible loss, Liv suddenly begins
to speak as she weaves a language out of Shakespeare's words. After a series of
events result in her being committed to a psychiatric hospital, Liv becomes a
full-blown rebel, fighting for both her voice and her freedom. A powerful,
Produced by Catherine Eaton, Caitlin Gold, Veronique Huyghebaert, Aliki
Paraschis and Jessica Vale. Edited by Marco Perez. Director of Photography:
David Kruta. From Corsetless Productions.
Choice-Best Feature (tie)
France, Belgium - 94
Directed by Lola
Doillon. Written by Fanny Ben-Ami, Lola Doillon, Anne Peyrègne.
With Léonie Souchaud and Cécile
In French with
In 1943, after
avoiding the authorities with other Jewish children in France for three
years, 13-year-old Fanny and her sisters are quickly sent to an Italian
foster home. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers plan an escape
to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, eleven children do the
impossible. Based on a true story, this moving tale of bravery, strength,
and survival features exceptional performances by the young cast.
Produced by Saga Blanchard, Marie de Lussigny. Edited by Valérie Deseine.
Director of Photography: Pierre Cottereau. A David-Films, Scope Pictures,
France 2 Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, and Ce Qui Me Meut Motion Pictures
production. From Menemsha Films.
Premiere - United States - 118 min
Todd Wider and Jedd Wider.
How far would you go to save your son's
life? To the Edge of the Sky follows four families as they fight
the FDA to gain access to a potentially lifesaving drug for Duchenne
Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal disease their sons suffer from and the
number one genetic killer of boys in the world. With a promising drug on
the horizon, we witness the transformation of the mothers of four boys
into "the rogue moms" as they become political activists and heroes
during their righteous battle against time and the FDA. A challenging
and uplifting documentary from Long Island brothers Todd and Jedd Wider
(Client 9, God Knows Where I Am).
Produced by Brian Ariotti. Edited by Mona
Davis and Colin Nusbaum. Director of Photography: Gerardo Puglia. A
Wider Film Projects film.
Special Recognition by the Jury - Spirit of Independent Filmmaking
United States - 83 min
Written and Directed by Michael Ferrell.
With Dana Brooke, Michael Ferrell, Jason Kravits
(Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
Laura is a 30-something unemployed writer living in New York
City and struggling with adulthood. She has a ‘weekend’
boyfriend she can’t commit to, friends who seem to have
achieved their dreams, and a vivid imaginary life she uses
to run away from reality. When she starts a new relationship
with a coffee shop barista, real life proves too complicated
and she tries to actually run away. Veteran stage actress
Dana Brooke shines in this funny, fresh, poignant
Produced by Michael Ferrell,
Chris Prine and Devin Sanchez. Edited by Chris Prine.
Director of Photography: Paul Rondeau. From Living Boy
Special Recognition by the Jury - Achievement in Social
New York Premiere - United States - 72 min
Directed by Joanne Hock.
This inspirational documentary follows several students
from the Northwest School of the Arts, in Charlotte,
N.C., after it is chosen to be the first high school
permitted to perform the musical The Color Purple.
From auditions through opening night and beyond, the
filmmakers follow these students as they pursue their
dreams while struggling with homelessness, low-income
neighborhoods, gang-related violence and single-parent
households. A behind-the-scenes look at an amazing group
of teachers and students who work relentlessly to put on
a triumphant musical production that propels them into a
world of opportunity they never expected.
Produced by Robin Grey,
Sara Patel. Edited by John Disher. Director of
Photography: Joanne Hock. From GreyHawk Films.
Across the Line
Jury Award-Best Short
World Premiere - Israel - 29 min
Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles
film by Nadav Shlomo Giladi
A Jewish settler, hurrying home
for Shabbat, encounters a stubborn Palestinian hitchhiker.
Audience Award-Best Short
Latvia - 11 minutes
film by Pavels Gumennikovs
Latvian with subtitles
young man without legs chases down surprised purse snatchers for
the girl he loves.
Thanks to HBO for
sponsoring the Closing Night Awards Reception
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