The Los Angeles Film Festival bestowed honors to several documentaries during its closing awards ceremony on Sunday evening. Among the doc winners were: Thunder Soul, directed by Mark Landsman, which took home the Audience Award for best documentary; Presumed Guilty, directed by Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith, which received the Audience Award for best international feature, and J. Clay Tweel’s Make Believe, which received the Jury Documentary Award. Tweel takes home a $50,000 cash prize from fest organizers Film Independent. In short form categories, James Blagden’s animated doc short Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No, received the Audience Award for best short film. Tomasz Wolski’s The Lucky One received the Jury Award for best documentary short. The L.A. Film Festival ran from June 17-27.
- RS West ’18