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Lauren Greenfield and Ava Duvernay Win Top Directing Honors at Sundance

by Melissa Silverstein
January 30, 2012 9:19 AM
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Another Sundance is in the books and women and their films took many of the top honors in this past weekend's awards ceremony.

Winner of the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary Film:
Lauren Greenfield, director of The Queen of Versailles
Winner of the U.S. Directing Award for Dramatic Film:
Middle of Nowhere, director Ava DuVernay
Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance:
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman

Special Jury Prize: Dramatic for independent film producing goes to Smashed producers Andrea Sperling and Jonathan Schwartz.
U.S. Documentary Editing Award to:
Detropia, edited by Enat Sidi

Winner of the World Cinema Screenwriting Award, Dramatic:
Young & Wild, written by Marialy Rivas, Camila Gutierrez, Pedro Peirano (Chile)

Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award:
Indie Game: The Movie, edited by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky. (Canada)

Shorts Audience Award. The Debutante Hunters, directed by Maria White

And The Invisible War a film by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering won the audience award in the Documentary competition.

See all the winners here.

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  • Linn | January 30, 2012 12:10 PMReply

    Melissa, this web page seems to be aligned incorrectly. I cannot read some of the words because the pictures are covering them. Thanks.

  • Melissa Silverstein | January 30, 2012 9:14 PM

    Comes up fine for me. Can you see it now?

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