FRAMELINE31 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
FRAMELINE31 AUDIENCE HONORS FOUR MINUTES FOR BEST FEATURE, SEMPER FI: ONE MARINE'S JOURNEY FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY AND PARIAH FOR BEST SHORT. GLUE RECEIVES THE $10,000 FRAMELINE FIRST FEATURE AWARD. RED WITHOUT BLUE RECEIVES THE $10,000 MICHAEL J. BERG DOCUMENTARY AWARD
The Audience Award for Best Feature was given to Chris Kraus' FourMinutes, a German film that follows the volatile relationship betweena convicted killer and the older piano teacher who takes her on as a pupil. Vince DiPersio's Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey took home theAudience Award for Best Documentary. Semper Fi follows the evolution of Lance Corporal Jeff Key, a patriotic gay marine stationed in Iraq who begins to question both the occupation and the policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Frameline Completion Fund winner Pariah (Dir. Dee Rees), which centers on a black lesbian teen struggling with self-doubt, guilt and familial rejection, garnered standing ovations when it closed the Fun In Girls' Shorts program at the Castro Theatre– and ultimately took home the Audience Award for Best Short Film. The juried Frameline First Feature Award recognized Glue, Argentine director Alexis Dos Santos' richly poetic ode to budding adolescent sexuality. The Michael J. Berg Documentary Award, a $10,000 juried award recognizing the best documentary feature having its Bay Area premiere at the Festival, was given to Red Without Blue, Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills and Todd Sills' moving portrait of Mark and Clair, identical twins whose relationship must adapt when one of them transitions from male to female.It was a fitting follow up to their Audience Award at this year's Slamdance Film Festival.