2004 SUNDANCE FILM FEST AWARDS

Last night the Sundance Film Festival announced the winners of the Independent Feature Film Competition and the Audience Awards for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The Documentary Grand Jury Prize was given to DIG!, directed and produced by Ondi Timoner. Shot over a seven-year period, DIG! follows the parallel careers of two musicians, Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, head of The Dandy Warhols — star-crossed friends and bitter rivals. The 2004 Documentary Competition Jurors included Rory Kennedy, Mary Ellen Mark, Robb Moss, Robert Shepard,and Chris Smith.

The Dramatic Grand Jury Prize was presented to Primer, the debut feature by Shane Carruth. The low-budget film, reportedly made for only $7,000, tells the story of small-time entrepreneurs who build a cottage industry of error-checking devices that very quickly begin to test the limits of their friendship. The 2004 Dramatic Competition Jury included Lisa Cholodenko, Frederick Elmes, Danny Glover, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Ted Hope.

The festival’s Directing Awards went to Morgan Spurlock, director of Super Size Me and Debra Granik for the documentary Down To The Bone.

The Documentary Audience Award was presented to Born Into Brothels, a film by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski.

The World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award was given to Seducing Doctor Lewis, directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot. The World Cinema Documentary Audience Award was presented to The Corporation, directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott.

The Dramatic Audience Award winner was presented to Maria Full of Grace, directed and written by Joshua Marston.

The festival’s Excellence in Cinematography Awards, honoring exceptional photography in both a dramatic and documentary film at the Festival was awarded to Ferne Pearlstein for Imelda from the Documentary Competition, and Nancy Schreiberfor November from the Dramatic Competition received the 2004 Cinematography Awards.

The Freedom of Expression Award, given to a documentary film that informs and educates the public on issues of social or political concern, was awarded to the Korean documentary Repatriation, directed by Kim Dong-won. The 2004 Freedom of Expression Jury included Molly Haskell, Jorgen Leth, and Siven Maslamoney.

The Dramatic Jury presented the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for outstanding achievement in writing to Larry Gross for We Don’t Live Here Anymore.

In addition, this year’s Documentary Jury bestowed a Special Jury Prize to Farmingville, directed and produced by Catherine Tambiniand Carlos Sandoval.

This Dramatic Jury presented two Special Jury Prizes, to Brother to Brother, directed by Rodney Evans, and to Vera Farmiga for her performance in Down to the Bone.