From orphaned children in India, to the story of a young man with Autism and a Denton costume shop owner, Denton cinephiles had a lot of movies to choose from when it came time to announce award winners at the sixth annual Thin Line Film Fest closing reception.
Festival officials announced winners of jury awards and audience favorites at UNT on the Square, an art gallery and alternate screening venue at the film festival.
The winners are:
• Secondhand Rose, a film about Denton costume shop maven and costume designer Judy Smith and her successful shop, earned the Denton Doc Award, given to documentary films made in Denton or by local filmmakers. Chad Withers directed.
• Track by Track by Anna Moot-Levin, won Best Student Short Award. The film chronicled a young man with Autism as he enters community college, and how his love of drawing trains matures along with him.
• Part of the Change by Ezra Millstein won the Audience Choice Short Award. The documentary followed U.S. Vietnam War veterans as they traveled to the Mekong Delta with Habitat for Humanity. As the vets built homes in their old war territory, they healed longstanding wounds by working with Vietnamese families.
• Blood Brother, a Sundance Film Festival darling by young filmmaker Steve Hoover, won the Audience Choice Feature Award. The documentary follows a young American back to India, where he’s found a home among orphans living with HIV-AIDS.
• Becca Friedman’s Past Their Prime earned the Best Short Award. The film looks at the wider issue of geriatric zoo animals through the case of Colo, the oldest gorilla in captivity. Zookeepers, veterinarians who treat exotic animals and other scientists at the Columbus Zoo manage aging animals’ health and find creative ways to care for them.
• Sebastian, a 17-minute film by Dan Duran and Katie Valovcin, won the Jury Recognition Short. The documentary film features an active and competitive 16-year-old. Though blind, Sebastian is able to lead an active life through echolocation.
• Brothers on the Line by Sasha Reuthers earned the Best Feature Award for a film about the legacy of the Reuther brothers, whose leadership of the United Auto Workers changed the country’s social, economic and political landscape.
• Steven Keller’s film, Invisible Young, about homeless teens struggling for legitimacy and stability in Seattle, earned the Jury Recognition Award.
The festival ends with the screening of the final film and with a re-screening of award-winning films today at the Fine Arts Theatre on the downtown Denton Square.
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THIN LINE FILM FEST FINAL SCREENINGS
Today at the Fine Arts Theatre, 114 N. Elm St.
• 1 p.m. - Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
• 3 p.m. - 4 Nights in December
• 5 p.m. - Audience Choice winners
• 7 p.m. - Best documentary award winners
For tickets, visit www.thinliefilmfest.com