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“Elevate” rises at Dallas Film Fest

Anne Buford's Elevate (pictured), a film about teenage Senegalese basketball players being recruited by American schools, has won the best documentary feature award at the fifth annual Dallas International Film Festival.
April 11, 2011

Anne Buford’s Elevate (pictured), a film about teenage Senegalese basketball players being recruited by American schools, has won the best documentary feature award at the fifth annual Dallas International Film Festival.

Filmed over four years, the doc follows the personal journeys of four particularly tall West African teenagers as they are taken on for basketball scholarships by prep schools in the United States.

The other main doc winner at the festival was Joseph Mantegna’s Norman Mailer: The American, which picked up the Special Jury Prize in the documentary category.

Elsewhere, Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus’s Wild Horse Wild Ride won the Audience Award for Documentary Feature; while the Environmental Visions Grand Jury Prize went to Marshall Curry’s If A Tree Falls. Finally, director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) was awarded a Steuben Crystal Dallas Star Award.

In receiving the Target Filmmaker Award for Elevate, Buford won a US$25,000 cash prize, which she said she would donate to the Seeds Academy, a boarding school in Senegal for basketball players.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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