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30th Annual Boston Film Festival Announces Awards to Films, Directors and Actors

BOSTON - October 7, 2014 - The 2014 Boston Film Festival has announced the winners of this year's awards which includes filmmakers with New England origins. Boston's primary film festival celebrated its 30th program September 24-28 at Theatre 1, Revere Hotel Boston Common.

The film "Wild" picked up two awards - one for Best Film and one for Best Actress, Reese Witherspoon. Two films tied for the most awards: The feature film "White Rabbit" was presented with Best Actor Nick Krause, Best Supporting Actress Britt Robertson and Best Supporting Actor Sam Trammell who attended the festival. Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and editing were presented to former Bostonian Director Melissa Donovan for "Zemene." Darmouth College alum Paul Lazarus won Best Director for his documentary "Slingshot" which also received the EcoFilm Award. The Widowmaker' took home the coveted Mass Impact Award.

This year's Boston Film Festival Award Winners are:

  • Best Film: "Wild"
  • Best Actor: Nick Krause, "White Rabbit"
  • Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, "wild"
  • Best Supporting Actor: Sam Trammell, "White Rabbit"
  • Best Supporting Actress: Britt Robertson, "White Rabbit"
  • Best Documentary: "Zemene"
  • Best Director: Paul Lazarus
  • Mass Impact: "Widowmaker"
  • EcoFilm: "Slingshot"
  • Best Cinematography: "Zemene"
  • Best Music: "The Winding Stream"
  • Best Editing: "Zemene"
  • Audience Favorite:"Playing for the Mob"
  • Best Short: "Bis Kleich"
  • Best Performance in a Short Film: Llana Barron, "Committed"

    Media Contact: Pam Jonah 781-956-6865 Tory Brody 310-990-0040


"Call to Action on the Environment" Will Showcase World Premieres of and "Zemene," "Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution," Along with Boston Premiere of "Slingshot," and an advance screening of "Love Thy Nature"

BOSTON – September 12, 2014 – The 30th Annual Boston Film Festival announced the program of films today including four world premieres and 32 films all set to screen in Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, 200 Stuart Street. In a bold and activist move to spotlight the alarming environmental global crisis, the annual Boston Film Festival’s (September 24-28) closing day/night program on September 28 will showcase a "Call to Action on the Environment" that will include the world premieres of "Zemene," "Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution," as well as the Boston debut of "Slingshot" and an advance screening "Love Thy Nature" (narrated by Liam Neeson).

The program includes several films this year with Boston and Massachusetts ties including: "Zemene," (director Melissa Donovan, a Boston native), "The Winding Stream," (Director Beth Harrington, a Boston native), "Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution," (Director Robin Bossert, a Boston University alum), and "26.2 Miles Closer to Home," a short documentary about the Boston Marathon bombing by Director "Lisa Copland" of Uxbridge. Question and answer sessions with Director and talent will follow each screening.

In the Centerpiece spotlight is Boston based film "Playing for the Mob," narrated by Ray Liotta. It’s the story of how mobster Henry Hill – played by Ray Liotta in the 1990 Martin Scorsese classic "Goodfella’s," – orchestrated the fixing of Boston College basketball games in 1978 and 1979. The details of that point-shaving scandal are revealed for the first time on film through the testimony of the players, the federal investigators and the actual fixers, including Hill, who died shortly after he was interviewed. An engaging panel discussion will follow with Co-Directors Joe Lavine, and Cayman Grant as well as Jim Sweeney, former BC basketball player, and Ed McDonald, Prosecutor of the BC-point shaving case.

"The 30th festival program offers audiences a range of films that will inspire, entertain and inform audiences," the festival Executive Director Robin Dawson said. "We feel it is a great blend of topics."

The focus of the Closing day/night program of the festival is the growing specter of global destabilization posed by the environmental crisis that threatens major ecosystems worldwide with far-reaching implications for current and future generations. Dawson added "The BFF intends to provide viable avenues for viewers to personally get involved in making a positive difference in finding a solution to the looming environmental issues. It is a discussion that we need to step up, and we’re thrilled to have renowned filmmakers and environmentalists traveling to Boston for this unique spotlight."

MEDIA CONTACTS: Pam Jonah, 781.956.6865 and Victoria Brody, 774.719.2695

Closing Day Spotlight

Love Thy nature

Love Thy Nature

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a documentary film that takes viewers on an awe-inspiring cinematic journey into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world.

Neeson is the voice of "Sapiens" - our collective humankind - who faces possible death due to the severity of Earth's environmental crisis. But, inspired by experts’ insights, Sapiens awakens to the realization that a renewed connection with nature holds the key to a highly advanced new era in human evolution.

Start time: 6:00pm



SlingShot focuses on inventor Dean Kamen (Segway Human Transporter) and his 15-year quest to solve the world's safe water crisis. Iconoclast, Kamen, is a modern hero. His inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for the planet's biggest challenge. Fifty percent of all human illness is the result of water borne pathogens.

Start time: 8:30pm



"Zemene" is a full-length documentary, from director Melissa Donovan, that follows a spirited 10-year old Ethiopian girl, Zemenework (Zemene), as she fights to keep hope alive and survive her life-threatening condition of Kyphosis, a severe curvature of the spine. With no health care in her village, Zemene travels with her Uncle Menormelkam to the city of Gondar, where they are told that there is no medical treatment that can her. At a critical moment, Zemene and her Uncle cross paths with Dr. Rick Hodes, an internist, whose life’s work is to help those in need. This chance encounter takes Zemene and her Uncle down a new path, giving them hope for the future. "Zemene" movingly depicts how individuals providing care to children in need can transform not only individual lives, but communities as well.

Start time: 4:00pm

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2014 celebrates the 30th edition of the Boston Film Festival (BFF). With screens featuring many genres such as comedy, drama, suspense, biological, romantic, animated and many more — there is something for everyone to enjoy at the BFF. Dedicated to supporting evolving filmmakers, the festival provides a forum in which to showcase their artistic vision. The Boston Film Festival is one of America’s longest running and most recognized celebrations of film; with a rich history of premiering some of Hollywood’s most revered films and hosting renowned filmmakers and actors including Uma Thurman, George Clooney and Val Kilmer, amongst others. The diverse program of feature films, shorts and documentaries will delight the cutting-edge directors and studio filmmakers who frequent the festival. With a spectrum of awards presented annually, new and unusual categories have been added in order to showcase the best talent. The ‘Mass Impact Award’ is given to a filmmaker whose movie illuminates a social issue that most positively affects humanity. With first-hand access to the filmmakers and Q&A sessions with the director following every screening, it’s a must for film lovers this October.

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— Boaz Yakin; "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," co-writer screenplay; "Death in Love," director & screenplay; "Remember the Titans," director.

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