The film stars Hal Holbrook from "Into the Wild" doing his best Walt Kowalski impersonation (from Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino") though this film looks a little more consistent in its gritty, bucolic tone, and Holbrook himself looks less self-aware, as if this were a new sort of character for him. And now he's front and center. Mia Wasikowska, Ray McKinnon, Carrie Preston and Walter Goggins also star.
Other winners of the fest in Austin were "45365" for Documentary Feature, directed by Bill Ross, which explores everyday life in Middle America - but specifically Sidney, Ohio, which provides its zip code as the title - and the people who keep it going. (Diane Sawyer's special about Appalachia that aired a few weeks ago on ABC could append this exploration, although this is Kentucky and the film's in Ohio.) Honorable mention for the category went to "The Way We Get By" by Aron Gaudet. As for the Emerging Visions Award, that went to "Motherland" by Jennifer Steinman, about six grieving mothers and their journey to Africa in an effort to test the theory that "giving is healing." "MINE" by Geralyn Pezanoski won the Audience Documentary Feature, which uses the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath of lost and abandoned pets to explore issues of race, class and animal welfare in America. And as I mentioned already, "Made in China" won Best Narrative Feature. Directed by Judi Krant, it is about an inventor who gets lost in Shanghai and ultimately discovers that "it takes more than a bright idea to succeed." More details about these films are at Variety. More awards and winners at Filmmaker Magazine.
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