Hot on the heels of its helping pave the way of current Oscar Best Picture Contender, WHIPLASH, the Sundance Film Festival tonight in Park City unveiled its 2015 Award Winners as the Festival approaches an end. Nabbing the coveted Audience U.S. Dramatic and U.S. Grand Jury Dramatic Awards was Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush‘s ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL, a Film Adaptation of the Novel by Jesse Andrews starring Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke, about a Teen Filmmaker who befriends a Classmate with Cancer. Although there is no release date yet penciled-in for the Drama, we are crossing fingers for a TIFF ’15 Premiere this September. Other Films to win the U.S. Grand Jury Dramatic Award went-on to sustain power through the following Awards Season including Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), Winter’s Bone (2010), Precious (2009) and Frozen River (2008).
Getting honoured with a Special Jury Award for Acting is Up-and-Comer Jack Reynor, who was in Toronto last Summer to promote TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. The Actor stars in GLASSLAND, a Film about Human Trafficking and a young Man’s fight to keep his Mother from addiction. He stars next in star-studded THE SECRET SCRIPTURE and JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS.
Another intriguing Award Recipient is JAMES WHITE, a Drama about a New Yorker looking to take control of his self-destructive behaviour amidst some Family challenges. It stars an Ensemble of relatively-unknowns including Breakthrough Actor Christopher Abbott in the Lead Role. The Film won the Audience Award – NEXT. Perhaps we’ll be seeing this here in Toronto this Fall?
One Film also getting a considerable amount of buzz is THE STANFORD EXPERIMENT, which centers around the famed 1971 Social Experiment which saw Students take on the roles of Prisoners and Guards, which raised several ethical flags. The Film’s Writer Tim Talbott won Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and is directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez.