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Best Documentary Film Project

  1. Best Narrative Film Project

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    Putty Hill by Matt Porterfield

    Putty Hill director Matt Porterfield spent years on a project called Metal Gods — winning awards for its script and recruiting a cast of non-actors from malls and local metal shows — before funding (what else?) fell through at the eleventh hour. From the ashes of Metal Gods came Putty Hill, a brilliant film that weaves narrative storytelling and documentary-style filmmaking. Roger Ebert gave it a four-star rave and The New Yorker gushed, “if there’s an independent cinema, this movie is it, and if there’s a new director, here he is.” Audiences can see for themselves in February when Putty Hill opens in theaters.
      
    Honorable Mention: We fell hard for the underdog story behind 95ers: Echoes, a true DIY production; Todd Chandler’s lush Flood Tide was among the standouts at the Kickstarter Film Festival; and who can forget the amazing story of Blue Like Jazz?

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  2. Best Short Film Project

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    Josephine and the Roach by Jonathan Langager

    Josephine is trapped in a bad marriage to brutish husband Moe, the melancholy sounds of her accordion her only escape. Roach is, well, a cockroach who has fallen hard for Josephine, quietly accompanying her playing with his own violin. Their romance and courtship are the subject of Jonathan Langager’s electric short combining live-action footage and animation.
     
    Honorable Mention: The Elders, a beautiful series of portraits of the elderly (“Pat” is a particularly moving episode); Henri 2.0, a wildly ambitious sci-fi short made without CGI effects; and Krasnoyarsk-26, a mysterious short shot on location in Siberia.

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