2008 Winners

Best film of the Festival

CRAZY- NARRATIVE FEATURE | USA 2007
Run time: 1 hr. 44 min. | Director: Rick Bieber
Inspired by legendary guitar player Hank Garland, Crazy is a story of musical genius, passion, and betrayal. Emerging from the Nashville in the 50’s, Hank had established his brilliant playing in country, rock and jazz. But his adversarial relationship with the Nashville Mob - those who controlled the music industry - caused him to be seen as a trouble maker. From fighting for artist’s rights, to bringing black, jazz musicians into the restricted, southern music culture, Hank refused to compromise his pursuit for excellence.However, it may have been his tempestuous relationship with his beautiful but wife, Evelyn, which led to his final demise. After surviving a car crash, Hank was subjected to electro-shock treatments which tragically ended his career at the age of 31.
www.crazy-themovie.com

Feature Film Award

Salt Creek County
NARRATIVE FEATURE | USA 2008
Run time: 1 hr. 17 min. | Director: Adam Galassi
After 20 years in a mental home, Raymond Colby is released back into his isolated county where things have always been the way they are. Raymond tries to convince the people of Salt Creek that there is magic and that when he was a child, giant birds picked him up and flew him to a place where no one has ever been. Salt Creek County is the search for magic ... a hope that there is something more.
www.downstateproductions.com

Short Film Award

Doin' it: Sex, disability & Videotape
DOCUMENTARY SHORT | USA 2007
Run time: 35 min.
Director: Susan Nussbaum, Salome Chasnoff
A daring and humorous investigation into the uncharted intersection between disability and sexuality.

Avery Crounse Award

More Shoes – DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | USA 2007
Run time: 1 hr. 15 min. | Director: Lee Kazimir
Struggling filmmaker Lee Kazimir reads some advice from Werner Herzog, who said that filmmakers should skip film school and instead ‘make a journey alone, on foot, for a distance of 5,000 kilometers, let’s say from Madrid to Kiev.’ Kazimir decides to take the advice literally, walking for six months and through seven countries from Madrid to Kiev while documenting the journey with a videocamera.Along the way he confronts physical struggles and meets a varied cast of characters on the road. He learns some essential lessons, realizing ultimately that ‘before Art, comes Life.’More Shoes is a diary picture that serves both as an account of an artistic coming-of-age and as a snail’s-eye portrait of Europe in the early 21st century.
www.madridtokiev.com

Juror's Awards

BesT Original Score- Relapse
NARRATIVE SHORT | USA 2008 | Run time: 20 min. | Director: Ryan Smith | Music: Jim Daneker
When a woman’s only son dies tragically, she turns to technology to help keep his memory alive. But there are limitations, and soon she is caught in a vicious cycle.

Best Documentary- Vaccine Nation
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | USA 2007 | Run time: 1hr 50 min. | Director: Gary Null
See the truth about the dangers of vaccines and their direct relationship to autoimmune diseases, infections, allergies and an unprecedented increase in developmental learning and behavioral disorders in children, such as Autism. Discover the truth about the history of vaccines and how they have NEVER been proven to be safe and effective for anyone. Witness the legacy of governmental deception and cover-ups associated with vaccines. Learn about the corruption within the scientific community and how vaccine studies are seriously flawed. You’ll also follow heart-wrenching, real life stories of the parents and children devastated by the effects of vaccines. Join director Gary Null PhD and over 40 of the worlds foremost vaccine experts in this shocking exposE that will shatter the truth as you know it.
www.vaccinenation.net

Best Ensemble Cast- SALT CREEK COUNTY
NARRATIVE FEATURE | USA 2008 | Run time: 1 hr. 17 min. | Director: Adam Galassi
After 20 years in a mental home, Raymond Colby is released back into his isolated county where things have always been the way they are. Raymond tries to convince the people of Salt Creek that there is magic and that when he was a child, giant birds picked him up and flew him to a place where no one has ever been. Salt Creek County is the search for magic ... a hope that there is something more.
www.downstateproductions.com

Best Multi-tasking use of imagination- Cantata in C Major
EXPERIMENTAL | USA 2007 | Run time: 7 min. | Director: Ronnie Cramer
Six-hundred-five film clips are assembled and used to create a piece of electronic music. As the visual component appears in the center of the screen, the original analog audio is sent to the left channel while it is simultaneously converted into digital music data and sent to the right channel. The digital data is also transposed into traditional musical notation and displayed on the screen as it is converted. The film includes an animated ‘chalkboard’ introduction that explains the entire process.

Best Humanitarian Observation- Trading the Future
Media That Matters | Canada 2008 | Run time: 59 min. | Director: b.h. Yael
Trading the Future is a video essay that questions the inevitability of apocalypse and its repercussions on environmental urgencies. Starting with a personal memory, the video addresses the Christian narrative for the end of times. The video also challenges the philosophical and practical underpinnings of the growth of the market place and the politics of apocalypse while proposing possible alternatives in the idea of natality, the productivity of biodiversity and the agency of everyday activism.Trading the Future refuses to reproduce the apocalyptic images that we have been inundated with in media and movies. Thirteen chapters create a complex weave of ideas, combining impressionistic montages, street interviews and dialogues with academics and activists: Grace Jantzen, Valerie Langer, David Noble, Lee Quinby, and Vandana Shiva.

Honorable Mention

Short film- relapse
NARRATIVE SHORT | USA 2008 | Run time: 20 min. | Director: Ryan Smith
When a woman’s only son dies tragically, she turns to technology to help keep his memory alive. But there are limitations, and soon she is caught in a vicious cycle.

Feature film- Uncounted: The new math of American Elections
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | USA 2007 | Run time: 1 hr 20 min. | Director: David Earnhardt
UNCOUNTED is an explosive documentary that shows how the election fraud that changed the outcome of the 2004 election led to even greater fraud in 2006 - and now looms as an unbridled threat to the outcome of the 2008 election. This controversial film examines in factual, logical, and yet startling terms how easy it is to change election outcomes and undermine election integrity across the U.S. Noted computer programmers, statisticians, journalists, and experienced election officials provide the irrefutable proof.
www.uncountedthemovie.com