With the summer (and summer blockbuster) season fading and the fall (and awards) season fast approaching, let’s catch up with some of NFF alums from 2014 and beyond in this month’s Movie Update.
IN THE NEWS
We’re thrilled to announce our NFF Now Summer Screening, presented with the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation!
AN HONEST LIAR
Thursday, July 31
A big hit with audiences at the Nantucket Film Festival in June, An Honest Liar follows renowned magician-turned-paranormal-skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi, famous for debunking claims of pseudo-science and the supernatural for more than four decades. Incensed that his beloved magic tricks were being co-opted by con artists for their own financial gain at the expense of the gullible general public, Randi and his collaborators have exposed faith healers, psychics, fortune tellers, and gurus around the world, often duplicating their tricks publicly to demonstrate how willing we all are to be deceived. But Randi himself is not immune to self-deception, especially in matters of the heart, as revealed in Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s lively and entertaining portrait.
Watch the official trailer for An Honest Liar:
WINNER: Audience Award for Best Feature, AFI Docs 2014
WINNER: Top Ten Audience Favorite, HotDocs 2014
“Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth.”
- Ariel Teplitsky, Toronto Star
“Absorbing… The film feels like an enchanting magic act with its web of lies, cheats, and reveals. An Honest Liar leaves one doubting the power of so-called-mystics, but it successfully conjures the magic of movies.”
- Patrick Mullen, Point of View Magazine
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Special Thanks to: JARED COFFIN HOUSE
NFF 19 came to a close this morning with our Best of Fest Begin Again screening and the Audience Award screening of Last Days in Vietnam. Over the last five incredible days, we showcased over 100 films, hosted 60 filmmakers, feted Aaron Sorkin, Mike Cahill and Steve James, had a surprise visit from Ben Stiller at the All-Star Comedy Roundtable, and much, much more. Thank you all for making this year as memorable as ever and save the date for our 20th Anniversary: June 24-29, 2015.
Head to our Signature Programs page for video excerpts of In Their Shoes…, Staged Reading, Screenwriters Tribute and more.
Our full list of winners is below.
Showtime Award for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film:
Nathan and David Zellner, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Showtime Award for Best Screenwriting in a Short Film:
Bernardo Britto, Yearbook
Audience Award for Best Film:
Rory Kennedy, Last Days in Vietnam
Audience Award for Best Short:
Moon Molson and Eric Fallen, The Bravest, The Boldest
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Storytelling in a Documentary Feature:
Robert Greene, Actress
Adrienne Shelley Award for Excellence in Filmmaking:
Diana Whitten, Vessel
Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay:
Clark Carroll, “Early Plus Infinity”
Showtime Tony Cox Short Screenplay:
Mimi Jeffries, “Open Roads”
Showtime Tony Cox Hour-Long TV Pilot:
Jamie Mayer, “Tomorrowland”
Showtime Tony Cox Half-Hour TV Pilot:
Stuart Feldman, “Stiffs”
Short Film Jury Award for Best Short Film, presented by Fuzzrocket:
Bernardo Britto, Yearbook
Teen View Jury Award:
Michael Urie and Michael Levi Harris, The Hyperglot
The free beach screening of The Muppet Movie starts at 8 pm tonight on Children’s Beach. The weather is clear with a high of 61 and low of 58. Bring a blanket and enjoy the sunset!
Due to the weather, tonight’s beach screening of Ping Pong Summer has been cancelled. 35th Anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie is still on for tomorrow at 8pm at Children’s Beach.