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SXSW ’15: “Peace Officer” takes audience award

Days after winning a grand jury prize at the Austin conference and festival, Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber's film has also nabbed an audience award.
March 23, 2015

Days after winning the grand jury prize for documentary at South by Southwest, Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber’s Peace Officer has also claimed the audience award for documentary feature – competition.

The film examines the increasing militarization of America’s police forces through the eyes of a former sheriff and semi-retired private investigator.

The audience award winner in the Documentary Spotlight program was A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo. In the Festival Favorites category, the critically-acclaimed The Look of Silence from Joshua Oppenheimer took the audience award.

South by Southwest Film ran from March 13-21.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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