The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival has a few more days left in it, but the awards were announced early. On Thursday night we learned “Dean,” “Junction 48” and “Do Not Resist” took the top honors, while actors Mackenzie Davis and Dominic Rains brought home the big acting trophies.
“Dean,” comic and “Daily Show” alum Demetri Martin’s directorial debut, scored the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. A comedy about grief, it follows an illustrator (played by Martin) as he embarks on an L.A. jaunt in the wake of his mother’s death, only to slip into a sort-of romance with a stranger (Gillian Jacobs). And soon after its win it was picked up for distribution by CBS Films.*
Mackenzie Davis deservedly won Best Actress for her blistering turn in “Always Shine,” Sophia Takal’s drama-thriller-mindf— about two actresses and frenemies (the other being Caitlin FitzGerald, also excellent) whose Big Sur getaway turns sour. Dominic Rains grabbed the male counterpart for the war journo drama “The Fixer,” which also features Melissa Leo, James Franco and Rachel Brosnahan.
Best International Narrative Feature went to “Junction 48,” an Israeli-German-American drama about an aspiring rapper (Tamer Nafar) who’s also struggling with grief, in this case an auto accident that kills his father and seriously injures his mother. Best Documentary Feature was awarded to “Do Not Resist,” a searing but clinical look at the militarization of the police — one of the fest’s countless issue docs, and one of the more formally and structurally exciting.
Another doc, the David Byrne-led Barclays Center concert doc “Contemporary Color,” didn’t win the top non-fiction awards, but it was feted for both its cinematography and editing, thanks to its immersive shooting style and yen for striking dissolves.
The full winners after the jump:
The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature:"Dean"
Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film:Dominic Rains, "The Fixer"
Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film:Mackenzie Davis, "Always Shine"
Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film:Michael Ragen, "Kicks"
Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film:Ingrid Jungermann, "Women Who Kill"
Best International Narrative Feature:"Junction 48"
Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film:Alan Sabbagh, "The Tenth Man"
Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film:Radhika Apte, "Clean Shaven," a part of "Madly"
Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film:Kjell Vassdal, "El Clasico"
Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film:Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paolo Genovese, Paola Mammini, and Rolando Ravello, "Perfect Strangers"
Best Documentary Feature:"Do Not Resist"
Best Documentary Cinematography:Jarred Alterman, "Contemporary Color"
Best Documentary Editing:Bill Ross, "Contemporary Color"
Best New Narrative Director:Priscilla Anany, "Children of the Mountain"
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award:David Feige, "Untouchable"
Best Narrative Short:"Hold On (Houvast)"
Best Documentary Short:"Extremis"
Student Visionary Award:"Ping Pong Coach"
The Nora Ephron Prize:Rachel Tunnard for "Adult Life Skills"
Tribeca X award:"Hearing Colors"
Visit theTribeca Film Festival sitefor more info, including the schedule and tickets
* Originally this article stated "Dean" had yet to find a distributor. And then it did.
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