Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
New Voices in Black Cinema Festival Kicks-Off Tonight w/ 'Knucklehead' + 'Of Good Report' New Voices in Black Cinema Festival Kicks-Off Tonight w/ 'Knucklehead' + 'Of Good Report' Idris Elba in Talks to Play the Villain in 'Star Trek 3' - But Who Could It Be? Idris Elba in Talks to Play the Villain in 'Star Trek 3' - But Who Could It Be? Watch: The Life & Passions of an Architect Turned Street-Sweeper & Security Guard are in Focus in Short Film 'Limbo' Watch: The Life & Passions of an Architect Turned Street-Sweeper & Security Guard are in Focus in Short Film 'Limbo' ADIFF Celebrates Women in Film with 3-Day Screening Series in New York City This Weekend ADIFF Celebrates Women in Film with 3-Day Screening Series in New York City This Weekend NBPC 360 Incubator Program Selects 8 Producing Teams to Compete for Up to $150,000 in Development Funds NBPC 360 Incubator Program Selects 8 Producing Teams to Compete for Up to $150,000 in Development Funds Box Office Dream Team? WB Sets Summer 2016 Release Date for Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart Action-Comedy Box Office Dream Team? WB Sets Summer 2016 Release Date for Dwayne Johnson & Kevin Hart Action-Comedy Watch Sophie Okonedo in the Original 'The Slap' Miniseries (All 8 Episodes Now Streaming for FREE) Watch Sophie Okonedo in the Original 'The Slap' Miniseries (All 8 Episodes Now Streaming for FREE) Review: Refreshingly Diverse 'Big Hero 6' Will Make Kids and Science Lovers of all Ages Giddy Review: Refreshingly Diverse 'Big Hero 6' Will Make Kids and Science Lovers of all Ages Giddy Kevin Hart’s Forgotten Sit-Com ‘The Big House’ Coming to DVD Kevin Hart’s Forgotten Sit-Com ‘The Big House’ Coming to DVD Storm Would Have to be Recast for Future 'X-Men' Movies. Who Would You Like to See Play Her? Storm Would Have to be Recast for Future 'X-Men' Movies. Who Would You Like to See Play Her? Theatrical Release Set for Award-Winning Coming-of-Age Drama 'Calloused Hands' Theatrical Release Set for Award-Winning Coming-of-Age Drama 'Calloused Hands' Watch Lynn Whitfield & Vivica Fox in Trailer for Nigerian-Produced '30 Days in Atlanta' (The Plight of the Black Actress) Watch Lynn Whitfield & Vivica Fox in Trailer for Nigerian-Produced '30 Days in Atlanta' (The Plight of the Black Actress) 'Lucy' and the Absence of the Black Race in Origin of Humanity Theories 'Lucy' and the Absence of the Black Race in Origin of Humanity Theories Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) Whoopi Goldberg & Daughter Alex Martin Enter Reality TV Series Ring Whoopi Goldberg & Daughter Alex Martin Enter Reality TV Series Ring Tyra Banks Confirms Sequel To 'Life-Size' For 2014/2015 Release But Tight-Lipped On Details Tyra Banks Confirms Sequel To 'Life-Size' For 2014/2015 Release But Tight-Lipped On Details 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (11/27/13) 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (11/27/13) 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (7/26/13) 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (7/26/13) Canceled ABC Series '666 Park Avenue' Returns Tomorrow, Saturday, June 22 Canceled ABC Series '666 Park Avenue' Returns Tomorrow, Saturday, June 22

'William And The Windmill,' 'Touba' & 'The Retrieval' Star Pick Up SXSW Film Fest Awards

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 13, 2013 at 10:16AM

The 20th South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival held its awards event last night at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, and 3 African Diaspora-interest projects were honored with trophies:
0
'The Retrieval'
'The Retrieval'


The 20th South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival held its awards event last night at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, and 3 African Diaspora-interest projects were honored with trophies:

- William and the Windmill from director Ben Nabors, is the Grand Jury Winner in the Documentary Feature competition category. The film centers on William Kamkwamba, a young Malawian, who builds a power-generating windmill from junk parts, to rescue his family from famine, transforming his life and catapulting him on to the the world stage.

- Touba from director E. Chai Vasarhelyi, picked up the Special Jury Prize for Cinematography, in the Documentary Feature category, for director of photography Scott Duncan. With unprecedented access and dynamic 16mm cinematography, Touba reveals a different face of Islam by chronicling Sufi Muslims’ annual pilgrimage to the city of Touba.

- And finally, the Special Jury Prize for Acting went to Tishuan Scott, for his performance in Chris Eska's The Retrieval - a story that takes place on the outskirts of the Civil War, where a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.

The festival opened its doors on March 8, in Austin, TX, with a total of 133 features, consisting of 78 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres and 9 U.S. Premieres, and 76 first-time directors. 109 shorts also screened as part of 10 overall shorts programs.

The nearly 250 films were selected from a record number of overall submissions, over 5,700, comprised of approximately 2,100 features and 3,600 shorts.

This year saw a total of 15 feature films (fiction and non-fiction) that center on stories about people of African descent - or about 11%, which is roughly the same percentage as there were in the 2012 edition of the festival.

For the full list of winners, see the list below:

Narrative Feature Awards
Grand Jury Winner: Short Term 12, dir. Destin Cretton
Special Jury Prize For Ensemble Cast: Burma, dir. Carlos Puga
Special Jury Prize for Acting: Tishuan Scott, The Retrieval

Documentary Feature Awards
Grand Jury Winner: William And The Windmill, dir. Ben Nabors
Special Jury Prize for Cinematography: Touba, Director of Photography: Scott Duncan
Special Jury Prize for Directing: We Always Lie to Strangers, dir. AJ Schnack & David Wilson

Short Film Jury Awards
NARRATIVE SHORT: Ellen is Leaving, dir. Michelle Savill
Honorable Mention: Sequin Raze, dir. Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Honorable Mention: SKIN, dir. Jordana Spiro
DOCUMENTARY SHORT: SLOMO, dir. Josh Izenberg
MIDNIGHT SHORTS: The Apocalypse, dir. Andrew Zuchero
ANIMATED SHORT: Oh Willy…, dir. Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roe
MUSIC VIDEOS: Stamina by Vitalic, dir. Saman Keshavarz
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SHORTS: The Benefactress, dir. Alina Vega

SXSW Film Design Awards
EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN: Akiko Stehrenberger, Kiss of the Damned
Special Jury Recognition: Erik Buckham, We Always Lie To Strangers
EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN: Pablo González, Joven & Alocada
Special Jury Recognition: Raleigh Stewart, Crave

SXSW Special Awards
SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD: Hannah Fidell, A Teacher
Special Mention: Katie Graham, Zero Charisma
LOUIS BLACK “LONE STAR” AWARD: Geoff Marslett, Loves Her Gun
KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP: Jim Hession



Shadow & ActNewsletter