“Bombay Beach” wins big at Tribeca

The first doc feature from music video helmer Alma Har'el nabs the best doc feature prize at the Tribeca Film Festival awards, held last night.
April 29, 2011

Bombay Beach, the first feature film from music video and commercials director Alma Har’el, was named best documentary feature at the Tribeca Film Festival awards, held last night at the W Union Square in New York City.

The film follows a colorful community living in Southeastern California’s Salton Sea and was awarded US$25,000. In its decision, the jury, composed of Amir Bar-Lev, Michael Cera, RJ Cutler, Abigail Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Louie Psihoyos and Peter Scarlet, praised the film for its “beauty, lyricism, empathy and invention.”

Pablo Croce was given the honor of best new documentary director for Like Water, which features ultimate fighter Anderson Silva. The jury said the film “opens up a violent world in an unexpected way through its sensitive and seamless portrayal of its complex hero.” Special jury mention was given to Michael Collins, director of Give Up Tomorrow, which the jury called “a powerful work of investigative journalism… Everyone should see this film.”

The award for best editing in a documentary feature was claimed by Purcell Carson for her work on Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon’s Semper Fi: Always Faithful. This was the first year the doc editing award was given at Tribeca.

The best documentary short award went to Incident in New Baghdad, written and directed by James Spione. Special jury mention was given to Guru, written and directed by Jonathan VanBallenberghe.

Documentary competition winners were chosen from 12 documentary features. The winner of the Heineken Audience Award will be announced on April 30. The Tribeca Film Festival runs until May 1.

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