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.