“Dean” is a delight and one of the award winners at Tribeca


One of the final films that I got to see last week at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival was also ironically the best of the bunch. That film was Dean, the cinematic writing and directorial debut of actor/comedian Demetri Martin. Not only was it absolutely fantastic, it was also declared an award winner at the festival, taking home the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. That’s a big feather in this one’s cap as it begins to plan for a release in theaters, presumably later on this year. I know I can’t wait for you to see it, though I’ll have more on it later. For the moment, this will also be a piece highlighting all of the award winners, so let’s do that now!

Quickly though, a bit on the film itself. As mentioned, Martin writes, directs, and stars in this dramedy about grief. Martin’s title character is an animator struggling with the loss of his mother, something his father Robert (Kevin Kline) is going through as well, having obviously lost his life. They go about it differently, but both are sprung from their ruts by new women, Nicky (Gillian Jacobs) for Dean and Carol (Mary Steenburgen) for Robert. Laughs and plenty of emotion ensue. Besides triple duty for Martin and the aforementioned cast, there’s also Ginger Gonzaga, Reid Scott, and Rory Scovel in supporting parts. Take my word for it…this is really good stuff. It won’t be the last time I mention the movie Dean this year, trust me there.

Here now are all the awards given out at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival:

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2016 AWARD WINNERS

U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature – Dean, written and directed by Demteri Martin.
Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film –Dominic Rains in The Fixer.
Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Mackenzie Davis in Always Shine.
Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Cinematography by Michael Ragen for Kicks.
Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film – Women Who Kill written by Ingrid Jungermann.

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

The Best International Narrative Feature – Junction 48, written and directed by Udi Aloni.
Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film –Alan Sabbagh in The Tenth Man.
Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature Film – Radhika Apte in Clean Shaven, a part of Madly.
Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature Film – Cinematography by Kjell Vassdal for El Clasico.
Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film – Perfect Strangers written by Filippo Bologna, Paolo Costella, Paolo Genovese, Paola Mammini, and Rolando Ravello.

WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

Best Documentary Feature – Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson (USA).
Best Documentary Cinematography – Cinematography by Jarred Alterman for Contemporary Color (USA).
Best Documentary Editing – Editing by Bill Ross for Contemporary Color (USA).

DIRECTING AWARDS:

Best New Narrative Director Award — Priscilla Anany, director of Children of the Mountain (USA, Ghana).
Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award — David Feige for Untouchable (USA

SHORT FILM COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

Best Narrative Short – Hold On (Houvast), directed by Charlotte Scott-Wilson (Netherlands).
Best Documentary Short – Extremis directed by Dan Krauss (USA).
Student Visionary Award – Ping Pong Coach (乒乓), directed by Yi Liu. (Taiwan R.O.C., USA).

STORYSCAPES AWARD

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness created by Arnaud Colinart, Amaury La Burthe, Peter Middleton, and James Spinney. Winner receives $10,000, presented by AT&T. The award was given by Jessica Brillhart, Saschka Unseld, and Olga Serna, Senior Marketing Manager, AT&T.

THE NORA EPHRON PRIZE

Rachel Tunnard, director, writer and editor of Adult Life Skills (UK).

TRIBECA X AWARD

Hearing Colors created by Greg Brunkalla for Samsung.

NARRATIVE AUDIENCE AWARD

Here Alone, directed by Rod Blackhurst, written by David Ebeltoft
RUNNER UP: Children of the Mountain, directed and written by Priscilla Anany

DOCUMENTARY AUDIENCE AWARD

The Return, directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway, written by Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway, and Greg O’Toole
RUNNER UP: Midsummer in Newtown, directed by Lloyd Kramer

Stay tuned for a Tribeca summary article at the end of the week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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