2011

Best Narrative Feature
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
16 minutes
Director:
Shira Piven

REIFF 2011

A dark comedy that follows Lisa and Paula, cool single moms out for a night on the town. When Paula's sexy hook up with a total stranger turns out to be a sketchy confrontation with reality, the women hit the road a little drunk, but very high on love/lust and what could have been. This 'vancentric' indy comedy offers a rare opportunity to spy on susceptible people in absurd circumstance. The banter is quick, the sound track is killer and the women are real.

Viewer's Choice
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
12 minutes
Director:
Jenalia Moreno

REIFF 2011

Stitched is a fun-filled documentary that follows three controversial art quilters as they compete for the coveted Best of Show prize in the annual Houston quilt show, an event that attracts more than 50,000 people. Tiara-wearing women and crooning quilters attend these zany festivals. With its quilts depicting male nudes and painted quilts, Stitched isn't your grandmother's quilting film. One quilter wants to make social changes with her artwork. A male quilter wants to compete in a female-dominated industry. And the grand dame of quilting runs a major quilting tourist business out of her home while trying to find time to quilt. Can these artists win in a prize in the traditional quilting world?

Best Narrative Short (1-15 Minutes)
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
11 minutes
34 seconds
Director:
Scott Stafford

REIFF 2011

A brainstorming session for three indie filmmakers turns into a trip down the rabbit hole. Their journey starts in the attic with a magical suitcase full of tuxedos and it only gets weirder from there. An encounter with a confusing puppet and a mysterious mime are some of the obstacles the trio will have to clear if they want to make it home to a notebook full of new ideas.

Best Narrative Short (16-30 Minutes)
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
21 minutes
30 seconds
Director:
Lilly Boruszkowski

REIFF 2011

Whats a man to do when he wants to feed the birds but the squirrels keep stealing their food? Watch as Stan engineers a variety of devices to foil his furry opponents. Who will prevail in the battle of man versus squirrel?

Best Documentary Short (1-15 Minutes)
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
9 minutes
44 seconds
Director:
Lindsay Lindenbaum

REIFF 2011

Necking is a meditation on love, dating, and the longevity of relationships from the perspective of those who know the subject better than anyone elseour elders. In this film, well hear from three couples (all of whom have been married for over fifty years) and one widow as they muse over their relationships and offer some wise words about how to make a marriage work. These vignettes remind us that despite all the odds, true love really is still alive and kicking.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT (16-30 MINUTES)
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
30 minutes
Director:
Susan Edwards

REIFF 2011

Marion Stoddart lived next to one of America's most polluted rivers and transformed herself from a 1960s housewife to a citizen leader and environmental hero honored by the United Nations. The Work of 1000 is the documentary film chronicling her life, achievements, setbacks, and unwavering belief that one person can make a difference in the world.

Best Documentary Short (31-60 Minutes)
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
55 minutes
Director:
Klaus Schneyder

REIFF 2011

It was in the late 70s that a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York which combined several disciplines under the name of Hip Hop. Apart from the four classic elements of Graffiti writing, DJing, Breakdancing, and Rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element called 'Beatboxing'. From the hardship of poverty and the lack of instruments, a pioneer was inspired to imitate drum rhythms with his mouth - his brilliance creating the term 'Human Beatbox'. The documentary integrally covers a variety of musical technical abilities. Beatboxing has become a multilingual and diverse instrument applied in all genres of music. The documentary shows how this modern style of music has spread and how it continues to enrich the entertainment world.

Best Animation
Animation
Canada
Runtime:
5 minutes
45 seconds
Director:
Jesse Gouchey, Xstine Cook

REIFF 2011

Using spray paint on a garage where Aboriginal mother and grandmother Gloria Black Plume was brutally murdered in 1999, Cree artist Jesse Gouchey paints a large scale animation of a bluebird in flight. The beauty and freedom of the bluebird's motion is contrasted with remembrances of Gloria's surviving family members, who give an emotional glimpse of a woman lost to violence and the injustice of the legal system.

Best Documentary Feature
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
27 minutes
Director:
Jason M. Solomon

REIFF 2011

In 1964, after spending a one year protracted legal battle, co-club owners, Howard and Elly Solomon were finally granted a 'unique' cabaret license and the Cafe Au Go Go opened its doors on February 7. Six weeks later with mounting legal bills and depleting funds the couple were quickly going out of business. With few options, Howard and Elly made a desperate, late minute attempt to keep the club open and reached out to popular comedian, Lenny Bruce. Two days into Lenny's performance he was arrested and booked for obscenity charges, alone with Howard and Elly. THat historic arrest, and the international press it garnered would put the Cafe Au Go Go on the tnertainment world map.

Best Experimental Film
Experimental
Germany
Runtime:
14 minutes
50 seconds
Director:
Florian Krautkramer

REIFF 2011

Everything seemed to go wrong from within and without. The never-ending official arbitrariness was oppressing, the examining glance outside. But lately, resistance has formed here. With excuses and blinders, the protagonist achieved in building his own world without reacting to the events taking place. But when fate tried to force him into making a decision, he chooses again a facade constructed of lies and spectacle. Breaking legs is a silent movie. It makes room for the linguistic incapability of the protagonist, but the inter-titles try to explore this format.

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