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SXSW ’13: “Windmill,” “Strangers” triumph in Austin

William and the Windmill picked up the Grand Jury Prize for best doc feature at SXSW in Texas, while We Always Lie to Strangers (pictured) took the Special Jury Prize for Directing.
March 13, 2013

Ben Nabors’ William and the Windmill picked up the Grand Jury Prize for best doc feature at SXSW in Texas, while AJ Schnack and David Wilson’s We Always Lie to Strangers (pictured) took the Special Jury Prize for Directing.

Windmill looks at young Malawian William Kamkwamba, who teaches himself to build a power-generating windmill from junk parts; while Strangers is billed as “a story of family, community, music and tradition” set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri.

Rounding out the Documentary Feature Awards category, the Special Jury Prize for Cinematography went to Touba‘s director of photography Scott Duncan.

Schnack and Wilson’s Strangers also received a Special Jury Recognition mention in the Excellence in Poster Design category, which went to the film’s poster designer Erik Buckham.

Elsewhere, the award for Documentary Short went to Josh Izenberg’s SLOMO, while the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship went to Jim Hession (Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, PBS’s ‘Frontline’).

“We start each year anew, never knowing what’s ahead,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW Film conference and festival producer. “We fall in love with the films as we program, but they truly come alive in front of our audience, and the feedback for the entire program this year has been so enthusiastic and rewarding.

“We know the juries had a tough job, but are grateful for their commitment to the task. We’re thrilled with the quality of the work recognized.”

Check out the trailer for Strangers below:

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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