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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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