Autobiographical doc Evolution of a Criminal (pictured) won the top prize at the 17th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, taking home the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award.
Jury members Shola Lynch, Robb Moss and Christine O’Malley said in a statement that Darius Clark Monroe’s film about returning to his hometown – where he robbed a bank as a teen - won for its mix of autobiographical storytelling, inventive use of recreations and disruption of familiar narratives.
The film also received the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, which honors a doc artist whose work is a “potential catalyst for education and change.”
Meanwhile, the Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short went to J. Christian Jensen’s White Earth, which follows a family’s experience of the oil boom in North Dakota, while Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick’s The Hand That Feeds - about a labor dispute among New York restaurant workers – picked up the Full Frame Audience Award for feature doc.
The audience award for Best Short went to Scott Calonico’s The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed, a comedic retelling of a scandal involving JFK’s expensive bedroom furniture.
Talal Derki’s Return to Homs, which follows two friends forced to take up arms during the Syrian Civil War, took home the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award for first-time documentary feature filmmakers, while Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters, about a pastor in an oil boomtown who opens his church to jobseekers, received the Full Frame Inspiration Award for films that exemplify the value of world religions and spirituality.
Finally, Luke Lorentzen’s Santa Cruz del Isolte won the Full Frame President’s Award, about a remote but densely populated island; Cynthia Hill’s Private Violence, on the domestic violence issues for two women, took the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights, and Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible, about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, received the Nicholas School Environmental Award, for films depicting the balance between modernization and environmental preservation.
The North Carolina festival announced its award winners yesterday (April 6).