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'The Rocket' and 'Bridegroom' Take Heineken Audience Awards at Tribeca

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 29, 2013 at 11:50AM

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the recipients of the Heineken Audience Awards Saturday night. Kim Mordaunt's 'The Rocket,' which has already won two prizes at Tribeca, was the audience favorite for narrative film while "Bridegroom," directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, won for documentary.
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'Bridegroom'
'Bridegroom'

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the recipients of the Heineken Audience Awards Saturday night. Kim Mordaunt's 'The Rocket,' which has already won two prizes at Tribeca, was the audience favorite for narrative film while "Bridegroom," directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, won for documentary. The festival concluded on Sunday with a screening of each film. Both received $25,000 prizes.

The story of a displaced family in Laos, "The Rocket" won the world narrative prize for best feature last Thursday at Tribeca. Its young star Sitthiphon Disamoe took best actor as a scrappy kid who sets out to find a new home for his family (our TOH! review).

"Bridegroom," a documentary chronicling the legal struggles of a gay man after his partner's accidental death, is poised to be a controversial film given its incisive -- and personal -- portrait of marriage inequality (Indiewire's interview with the director). Watch trailers for both films below.

This article is related to: Tribeca Film Festival, The Rocket, Bridegroom


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.