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SXSW ’22: “Bad Axe” tops list of Audience Award winners

SXSW named the winners of the assorted Audience Awards from its 2022 edition on Wednesday (March 23), following last week’s announcement of the jury and special prize winners. The Audience Award ...
March 23, 2022

SXSW named the winners of the assorted Audience Awards from its 2022 edition on Wednesday (March 23), following last week’s announcement of the jury and special prize winners.

The Audience Award for the Documentary Feature Competition went to David Siev’s Bad Axe, a portrait of an Asian-American family in the rural U.S. struggling to keep their business afloat in the face of the pandemic and the rising tide of American xenophobia and racism. This is the second prize the film took home from SXSW, after receiving a “Special Jury Recognition for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling” from the festival last week.

In the Documentary Spotlight section, the Audience Award went to Chris James Thompson’s We Are Not Ghouls, a film about a Guantanamo detainee and the U.S. Air Force JAG attorney who defended him in a death penalty case in 2005.

In the music-oriented 24 Beats Per Second category, the prize went to Kathlyn Horan’s The Return of Tanya Tucker – featuring Brandi Carlile, which spotlights the country music legend’s recording of a comeback album alongside rising star Carlile.

Kelcey Edwards’ The Art of Making It, a portrait of four young artists facing pivotal moments in their careers, won the Audience Award for the Festival Favorites section.

Finally, Kyle Thrash and Haley Elizabeth Anderson’s The Sentence of Michael Thompson, about the longest-imprisoned non-violent offender in Michigan history, took home the Audience Award in the Documentary Shorts Competition.

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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