Beware of Mr. Baker (pictured), Jay Bulger’s documentary about former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, has scooped the grand jury prize in the documentary feature competition at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
The film explores Baker’s colorful life, including his spells playing with Eric Clapton in Cream and his battles with drug addiction, and features interviews with a range of musicians, including Carlos Santana, Johnny Rotten and Steve Winwood.
Meanwhile, the audience award for documentary feature went to Annie Eastman’s Bay of All Saints. The film looks at families living in shacks in Bahia who face losing their homes amid the Brazilian government’s plans for redevelopment.
In the short film jury awards, the prize for best documentary short went to Seth Keal’s CatCam. Meanwhile, thought the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award was given to a narrative feature, a special jury recognition prize was given to Andrew Garrison’s doc Trash Dance.
“It’s been amazing this year to hear over and over again about the high range of quality across the board,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW Film conference and festival producer. “I know I’m always going on about the great variety of our program, but this year it seems to have been embraced in even wider measure and it’s very exciting.
“SXSW is a special moment for the creative community to both inspire and be inspired. We appreciate the audience and jury engagement and recognition for these highlighted titles.”
The documentary feature competition jury consisted of David Courier, Philipp Engelhorn and Catherine Shoard, while the documentary shorts jury consisted of Anna Higgs, Gerald Peary and Basil Tsiokos.
Audience awards for the Documentary Spotlight, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal and Festival Favorites sections will be unveiled on March 17, with the Headliner Audience Award following on March 19.