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“Brooklyn Castle” picks up SXSW audience award

Documentaries had a stronghold on filmgoers at South by Southwest in Austin, with Brooklyn Castle (pictured) and Under African Skies being named among the final audience winners.
March 19, 2012

Documentaries had a stronghold on filmgoers at South by Southwest in Austin, with Brooklyn Castle and Under African Skies being named among the final audience winners.

Katie Dellamaggiore’s Brooklyn Castle (pictured), which tells the story of how chess transformed an inner-city junior high school, was named the audience award winner of the Documentary Spotlight. It’s the latest good news for the film, which had its remake rights acquired by Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin during the Austin festival.

Joe Berlinger’s doc tracing the recording of Paul Simon’s Graceland album, Under African Skies, triumphed in the 24 Beats Per Second music-themed strand, while the SXGlobal program audience winner was Nina Conti’s Her Master’s Voice.

The Festival Favorites section winner was Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Ice doc, while the Emerging Visions audience favorite was Kahlil Hudson and Tyler Hughen’s Low & Clear.

The Headliner Audience Award will be revealed today (March 19).

The announcement follow the previous competition award winners revealed last week.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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