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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Advantageous, Oh Lucy!, Meru, Umrika, The Chinese Mayor, The Stanford Prison Experiment Among 2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

U.S. GRAND JURY PRIZE: DRAMATIC: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” - Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

U.S. GRAND JURY PRIZE: DRAMATIC: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” – Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Double Winner: U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Presented by Acura

Greg is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia. Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon.
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Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic Robert Eggers, The Witch
(U.S., Canada)
New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood. Cast: Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Tim Talbott, The Stanford Prison Experiment 
Double Winner: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic, Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Based on the actual events that took place in 1971, when Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo created what became one of the most shocking and famous social experiments of all time. Cast: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby.

Jacqueline Kim in Jennifer Phang's Advantageous

Jacqueline Kim in Jennifer Phang’s Advantageous

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision Advantageous
Jennifer Phang directs this sci-fi feature-in a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Olivia Horton, Sameerah Luqmann-Harris, Rex Lee,Troi Zee, Theresa Navarro, Mercedes Griffeth, Jeanne Sakata, Matthew Kim.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Phang

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Phang

Sundance Film Festival Premiere Photo: Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim, Screens at 2015 Sundance Film Festival through Jan. 31
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Editing Lee Haugen, Dope
Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky.

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography Brandon Trost, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend. Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig.
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U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary The Wolfpack
Crystal Moselle
Six bright teenage brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project. All they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they watch obsessively (and re-create meticulously). Yet as adolescence looms, they dream of escape, ever more urgently, into the beckoning world.
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Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land, (U.S., Mexico)
Double Winner: Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography
In this classic western set in the twenty-first century, vigilantes on both sides of the border fight the vicious Mexican drug cartels. With unprecedented access, this character-driven film provokes deep questions about lawlessness, the breakdown of order, and whether citizens should fight violence with violence.

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Break Out First Feature Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe, (T)ERROR
With unprecedented access to a covert counterterrorism sting, (T)error develops in real time, documenting the action as it unfolds on the ground. Viewers get an unfettered glimpse of the government’s counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them through the perspective of *******, a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned FBI informant.

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking Bill Ross, Turner Ross, Western
For generations, all that distinguished Eagle Pass, Texas, from Piedras Negras, Mexico, was the Rio Grande. But when darkness descends upon these harmonious border towns, a cowboy and lawman face a new reality that threatens their way of life. Western portrays timeless American figures in the grip of unforgiving change.

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Marc Silver, 3½ MINUTES
On November 23, 2012, unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis was shot at a Jacksonville gas station by Michael David Dunn. 3½ Minutes explores the aftermath of Jordan’s tragic death, the latent and often unseen effects of racism, and the contradictions of the American criminal justice system.

WORLD CINEMA GRAND JURY PRIZE - DOCUMENTARY: “The Russian Woodpecker” - Director Chad Gracia. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

WORLD CINEMA GRAND JURY PRIZE – DOCUMENTARY: “The Russian Woodpecker” – Director Chad Gracia. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary The Russian Woodpecker, UK
A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war.
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Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary Kim Longinotto, Dreamcatcher, (UK)
Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world seen through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humor, Brenda gives hope to those who have none.

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing Jim Scott, How To Change The World, (UK, Canada)
In 1971, a group of friends sails into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. Using rare, archival footage that brings their extraordinary world to life, How to Change the World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.

Pervert Park, (Sweden, Denmark)
Double Winner: World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access
Follows the everyday lives of sex offenders in a Florida trailer park as they struggle to reintegrate into society, and try to understand who they are and how to break the cycle of sex crimes being committed.

Kalani Queypo of 'Slow West' accepts the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic on behalf of Director John Maclean onstage at the Awards Night Ceremony during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Kalani Queypo of ‘Slow West’ accepts the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic on behalf of Director John Maclean onstage at the Awards Night Ceremony during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Slow West, (UK, New Zealand)
Set at the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas, a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way. Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius, Rory McCann.
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Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic Alanté Kavaïté, The Summer of Sangaile, (Lithuania, France, The Netherlands)
Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at the summer aeronautical show, near her parents’ lakeside villa. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and, in the process, finds in her teenage love, the only person that truly encourages her to fly. Cast: Julija Steponaitytė, Aistė Diržiūtė.

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting Regina Casé and Camila Márdila, The Second Mother, (Brazil)
Having left her daughter, Jessica, to be raised by relatives in the north of Brazil, Val works as a loving nanny in São Paulo. When Jessica arrives for a visit 13 years later, she confronts her mother’s slave-like attitude and everyone in the house is affected by her unexpected behavior. Cast: Regina Casé, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila, Karine Teles, Lourenço Mutarelli.

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting Jack Reynor, Glassland, (Ireland)
In a desperate attempt to reunite his broken family, a young taxi driver becomes entangled in the criminal underworld. Cast: Jack Reynor, Toni Collette, Will Poulter, Michael Smiley.

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematography Germain McMicking, Partisan, (Australia) — Alexander is like any other kid: playful, curious and naive. He is also a trained assassin. Raised in a hidden paradise, Alexander has grown up seeing the world filtered through his father, Gregori. As Alexander begins to think for himself, creeping fears take shape, and Gregori’s idyllic world unravels. Cast: Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel, Florence Mezzara.

The Chinese Mayor

The Chinese Mayor

Special Jury Award – Unparalleled Access – The Chinese Mayor, Hao Zhou, (China)
Mayor Geng Yanbo is determined to transform the coal-mining center of Datong, in China’s Shanxi province, into a tourism haven showcasing clean energy. In order to achieve that, however, he has to relocate 500,000 residences to make way for the restoration of the ancient city.

Audience Award: NEXT, Presented by Adobe James White
A young New Yorker struggles to take control of his reckless, self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges. Cast: Chris Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh, David Call.

AUDIENCE AWARD - WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY: “Dark Horse” - Director Louise Osmond. Photo courtesy of  Sundance Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD – WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY: “Dark Horse” – Director Louise Osmond. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary Dark Horse,(UK)
The inspirational true story of a group of friends from a workingman’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse.

AUDIENCE AWARD - WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC: “Umrika” - Director Prashant Nair. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD – WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC: “Umrika” – Director Prashant Nair. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic Umrika, (India)
When a young village boy discovers that his brother, long believed to be in America, has actually gone missing, he begins to invent letters on his behalf to save their mother from heartbreak, all the while searching for him. Cast: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Smita Tambe, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Prateik Babbar.

US DOCUMENTARY presented by Acura: “Meru” - Directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimm Chin. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

US DOCUMENTARY presented by Acura: “Meru” – Directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimm Chin. Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, Presented by Acura Meru
Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi
Three elite mountain climbers sacrifice everything but their friendship as they struggle through heartbreaking loss and nature’s harshest elements to attempt the never-before-completed Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, the most coveted first ascent in the dangerous game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Short Film Grand Jury Prize World of Tomorrow, (U.S.)
A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.

Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction SMILF, (U.S.)
A young single mother struggles to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as mom. It all comes to a head during one particular nap-time when Bridgette invites an old friend over for a visit.

Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction Oh Lucy!, (Japan, Singapore, U.S.)
Setsuko, a 55-year-old single so-called office lady in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, Lucy, by her young unconventional English-language teacher. “Lucy” awakens desires in Setsuko she never knew existed.

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, (Australia)
Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.

Short Film Jury Award: Animation Storm hits jacket, (France)
A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension, and mysterious events clash with enthusiasm and randomness.

Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting Back Alley, (France)
Suzanne, a prostitute for 15 years, has her turf, her regular johns, and her freedom. One day, however, young African prostitutes settle nearby, and she is threatened.

Short Film Special Jury Award for Visual Poetry Object, (Poland)
A creative image of an underwater search in the dimensions of two worlds — ice desert and under water — told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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