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Sundance ’13: “Blood Brother,” “The Square” win awards

Steve Hoover's HIV doc Blood Brother (pictured) scooped both the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, with The Square, The Summit and Gideon's Army winning other categories.
January 27, 2013

Steve Hoover’s HIV doc Blood Brother (pictured) scooped both the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, with The Square, The Summit and Gideon’s Army winning other categories.

Hoover’s doc looks at Rocky Anna, a man who decides to leave his comfortable life in America to live at an orphanage in India with children infected with HIV.

“Seeing Rocky’s life blew me away,” Hoover said, accepting the Grand Jury Prize earlier tonight (January 26). He added that he “can’t wait to see the difference we can make in the world because of this.”

Elsewhere, two films were given the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Inequality for All, from Jacob Kornbluth, and American Promise, directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson.

The U.S. Documentary Directing Award went to Zachary Heinzerling, for his doc Cutie and the Boxer; while the winner of the U.S. Documentary Cinematography Award was Richard Rowley’s Dirty Wars. Matthew Hamachek, the editor of Dawn Porter’s doc Gideon’s Army, picked up the U.S. Documentary Editing Award.

On the World Cinema front, the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary went to Jehane Noujaim’s Egypt-focused protest doc The Square (Al Midan); while the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary went to Kalyanee Mam’s doc A River Changes Course.

The latter film follows three young Cambodians as they struggle to overcome the effects of deforestation, overfishing, and crippling debt.

Elsewhere, the World Cinema Documentary Directing prize went to Tinatin Gurchiani for The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, which was picked up for distribution by Icarus Films earlier in the festival.

Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

Other sold titles picking up awards included Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer (pictured above), which took the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary; and The Summit, which took the award for World Cinema Documentary Editing.

Finally, the Cinematography Award for World Cinema Documentary went to Marc Silver’s opening day film Who is Dayani Cristal?

  • The previously reported winners in the Sundance short doc categories can be found here.
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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