‘Will for Woods” and other films take home honors at Full Frame

Apr. 07, 2013 @ 03:17 PM

“A Will for the Woods,” a film about the “green burial” movement, took home the Audience Award for feature films and the Nicholas School for the Environment Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

“The Record Breaker,” a film by Brian McGinn, took home the Audience Award for best short film during the festival’s annual awards barbecue Sunday.

“A Will for The Woods,” directed by Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale and Brian Wilson, chronicles psychiatrist Clark Wang as he battles lymphoma, determined that his death continue the work of preserving the land. The film also chronicles the work of the organization the Green Burial Council.

In “The Record Breaker,” Ashrita Furman, who won a 1979 Guinness World Record, finds that athletic feats lead to spiritual and personal fulfillment.

For the first time this year, an award winner is automatically eligible for a nomination for an Academy Award for documentaries. “By Her Side,” a film by Niels van Koevorden, won the Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short and is a potential Academy Award nominee. Honorable mention went to “A Story for the Modlins,” by Sergio Oksman, in that category. 

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award went to “American Promise,” a film by Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster that chronicles the lives of two African-American boys and their quest for a private-school education.

Filmmakers who spoke during the ceremony gave high marks to the festival and to Durham. Jessica Yu, who received the 2013 Tribute Award, said “this experience has ruined me for real life.”

Van Koevorden declared that “Durham rocks. It was really nice to be here. You are such nice people, and I am going home really happy.”

Here is a list of other award winners:

Advocate Award: Molly Thompson of A &E Indie Films Tribute Award: Jessica Yu Full Frame Inspiration Award: “God Loves Uganda,” by Roger Ross Williams Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights: “After Tiller,” by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. Honorable mention to “The Undocumented,” by Marco Williams.

Full Frame President’s Award: “Pablo’s Winter” by Chico Pereira Charles  Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award: “Cutie and the Boxer,” by Zachary Heinzerling Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award: “A River Changes Course,” by Kalyanee Mam