DTLA Film Festival Announces 2017 Filmmaker Awards
Tommy Swerdlow’s A THOUSAND JUNKIES Takes Best Picture
LOS ANGELES – September 30, 2017 – In Closing Night ceremonies earlier this evening for the 9th DTLA Film Festival, A Thousand Junkies — Tommy Swerdlow’s bittersweet dark comedy about a day in the life of three Los Angeles addicts — won this year’s top prize, Best Picture. The film will be released by The Orchard.
Best Director for documentary feature was awarded to Miranda Bailey for The Pathological Optimist about the controversial vaccine researcher Dr. Andrew Wakefield, being released by Film Arcade. Adam Cushman was awarded Best Director for Restraint, his narrative feature about the dark side of suburbia.
The Best Documentary feature award was given to The Work, a powerful and poignant look at a new therapy changing the lives of convicts at Folsom Prison. The film, directed by Jairus Mcleary, will be released theatrically by The Orchard.
Top acting awards went to Sophia Mitria Schloss for Lane 1974 and Charlie Tahan for Super Dark Times, both being released by The Orchard.
Other top prizes announced this evening were Best Screenplay for Zach’s Brown contemporary drama Hard Surfaces, Best Short Film for Reed Van Dyk’s Dekalb Elementary, Best Editing to Carl Ambrose and Francisco Bello for their work on the psychological thriller Most Beautiful Island, a Samuel Goldwyn release, and Best Cinematography to Luis Montalvo and Carlos Rossini for the atmospheric documentary The Cloud Forest.
The following special prizes were also announced: Jury Prize for Creative Vision to Art Jones for his drama Forbidden Cuba; Female Pioneer Award to Iranian director Shiva Sanjari for her documentary biopic Here The Seats Are Vacant, and actor Leo Ramsey for his Breakthrough Performance in the contemporary coming-of-age story Blue Line Station.
The festival’s Audience Favorite Award was a tie, given to both Dare To Be Different, director Ellen Goldfarb’s nostalgic look back at influential Eighties radio station WLIR, and The Dating Project, Jonathan Cipiti’s exploration of courtship in the digital age.
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The only major film festival in the Capital of Cool – downtown Los Angeles – DTLA Film Festival was established in 2008 as a showcase for independent cinema in the historic core of the Film Capital of the World. The festival embraces in its programming and mission the unique cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of downtown Los Angeles and its neighboring communities. DTLA Film Fest is produced annually by a nonprofit arts organization that is led by a volunteer group of filmmakers and community activists.
2017 DTLA Film Festival Awards
A Thousand Junkies, directed by Tommy Swerdlow
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Sophia Mitri Schloss | Lane 1974
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Charlie Tahan | Super Dark Times
Zach Brown | Hard Surfaces
Best Ensemble Cast:
Dog Park, directed by Jade Jenise Dixon
The Work, directed by Jairus McLeary
Best Director – Documentary Feature:
Miranda Bailey | The Pathological Optimist
Best Director – Narrative Feature:
Adam Cushman | Restraint
Luis Montalvo and Carlos Rossini | The Cloud Forest
Best Foreign Film (TIE):
Zoe Panoramas, directed by Rodrigo Guardiola and Gabriel Cruz Rivas
Female Pioneer Award
Here the Seats Are Vacant, directed by Shiva Sanjari
Leo Ramsey | Blue Line Station
Jury Prize for Creative Vision – Feature:
Forbidden Cuba directed by Art Jones
Audience Favorite Award (TIE):
Dare To Be Different, directed by Ellen Goldfarb
The Dating Project, directed by Jonathan Cipiti
Best Film Editing:
Carl Ambrose and Francisco Bello | Most Beautiful Island
Ben Frost | Super Dark Times
Best Actors in Supporting Role:
Blake Heron | A Thousand Junkies
Matthew Brumlow | Blur Circle
Michael Ferrell | Laura Gets A Cat
Betty Gilpin | Future ’38
Best Short Film:
Dekalb Elementary, directed by Reed Van Dyk
Jury Prize for Creative Vision – Shorts:
The Point System, directed by Conner Bell
Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast:
Lost Dogs | Chris Lee, Edward Hong, Linda Him, Jen Yim,
William Crespo, Joshua Han
Fakers, directed by Ryan Mitchel
Best Short Film – Series:
Sing For Me, directed by Sama Waham
Best Film – Student Shorts:
Geeta, directed Sohil Vaidya
Best Director – Student Shorts:
Noble Creatures, directed by Daniel Lafrentz
Jury Prize for Creative Vision – Student Shorts:
Light Sight, directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei