The Berkeley Video & Film Festival
The 8th Annual Berkeley Video & Film Festival 2001 Awards
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD FEATURE
SF Phil Gorn 75:00
Based loosely on Romeo and Juliet, this film explores the family conflicts, racial hatreds, and gang loyalties that torment two lovers as they flee from the police and struggle to resolve their plight.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD TOTALLY SHORT FEATURE
Prisoner Junkie Gabriel Foley 3:30
A junkie's paranoid adventures.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD SHORT FEATURE
Eye to Eye Patrick Moss 7:30
On a winter night in the urban decay of Montreal, a black rookie cop is faced with a situation he does not know how to handle.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD SHORT FEATURE
To Hold You Down Avery Dial 6:40
Based on a true story, this film portrays the story of a young woman and the pain she endures from domestic abuse.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE † SHORT FEATURE
Infinitely Sad, Unbearably Beautiful Mitchum Nathaniel Ray 5:00
A short film that explores lonliness and the redeeming power of imagination.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD DOCUMENTARY
Lowell Blues: The Words of Jack Kerouac Henry Ferrini 27:14
Kerouacs words narrated by Robert Creeley, Johnny Depp, Carolyn Cassady, Gregory Corso and others intermingle with Ferrinis lush cinematography and Lee Konitzs saxophone. Fusing visual history, language and jazz into a film-poem, "Lowell Blues..."†remembers the place Jack Kerouac could not forget.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD ECO-DOCUMENTARY
†Sweat Equity Daniel P. Tripoli 68:32
An educational documentary about urban communities that are being revitalized
by programs helping neighborhoods create gardens from reclaimed vacant land.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD POLITICAL ACTION
Vieques Un Largomentraje Jose Juan Nazario/Coqui Santaliz 92:00
A William Nemcik documentary depicting the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and their struggle to live in peace amidst U.S. Navy presence for over 60 years.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD SHORT DOCUMENTARY
The Kicker Porter Gale 4:00
Ceci Clark, a female place-kicker on the Berkeley High football team, kicks away gender and racial barriers in this high-energy documentary short.
BEST OF FESTIVAL "BARD OF BERKELEY" AWARD
Voices From Dupont Circle David Liban 29:15
A virtual visit to an unusual community in Washington DC. See the people, hear the music, experience the charm and FEAR the traffic!
BEST OF FESTIVAL ACTION DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Tight Squeeze Beth Rypins 27:00
Examines todays hottest gin paddlers on the extreme edge of whitewater Kayaking, the sports pioneering female paddlers, and the personalities driven towards the thrill-seeking adventure of the sport.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD CYBERART
Cin(E)-Poetry 2001 George Aguilar 27:00
Aguilar is on a mission to bring poetry to the world. His vehicle is Cin(E)-Poetry, a fusion of text, spoken word, video imagery, photography and sound combined in a variety of inventive ways.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD DANCE
In Public Space Kia Simon 14:00
Three dances explore and transform everyday locations, experimenting with human interaction, restricted motion, and aerial movement.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD EXPERIMENTAL
The Color of Fish Jay Trevor Wright
A science fiction musical about fish and superstrings physics.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD EXPERIMENTAL
Johns Voice Bob Kaputof 4:16
This portrait of a father suggests that special talents get passed around.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD EXPERIMENTAL "BRUJO"
Havana Witch Club Yenifer Pearce 19:00
An autobiographical story about a black magic spell. A possessed Priest points to possible perpetrators, including an ambitious Cuban boyfriend and a matchmaking spirit entity.
THE "MARCEL DUCHAMP" AWARD EXPERIMENTAL
The 4 Noble Truths Brian Seiichi Tsukamoto 5:30
Hip-hop told through a re-interpreted Buddhist doctrine of the same name.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD "X" AWARD
The Simplex Files Chris Friden 11:05
A parody of the X-Files produced for a corporate audience. The short was widely successful as a marketing piece and has won a Joey Award.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD "DR. SCHOLL" AWARD
Socko Sings Ellen Holbrook 2:30
A spoof on television commercials selling compilations of formerly popular songs
by passť artists. In this case, the artists are sock puppets.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD PSA/ YOUNG PRODUCERS
Cant Forget Shayne C. Fisk 1:00
Two PSAs depicting teens staying alcohol-free during graduation and Prom Night.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD COMEDY
The Sopranowitzes Adam Shapiro 8:47
A hilarious spoof of HBOs smash hit, The Sopranos. At home, Sammy Sopranowitz is the typical Jewish-American father. But at the office, Sammy is a Mafia kingpin wacking any schmuck who stands in the way.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD COMEDY
Falcon Love Story Jo Francis 2:00
Neighbors get involved when a jealous suitor tries to ruin a couples wedding plans.
In The Midst Alex Kopel 6:00
A Chaplinesque character spends a day in Berkeley. After various interactions he comes to realize that he doesnt fit in.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD ANIMATION
Prime Opus Flash Gordon 5:20
Humanity transcends the Gods and breaks free from ancient chains and modern myths.
The Daydreamer John Atkinson 5:12
Rogers job is hell. So his mind has a tendency to wander with a vengeance!
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD ANIMATION
Thou Shall Not Kill Yuk Ting Chan 3:34
Who has the right to judge others? Who has the right to kill? A neo-Expressionist morality tale on capital punishment.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD † NEO-ETHNO AWARD
Some They Win Jessie Deeter/Sara E. Maamouri †25:30
The story of three men, Mexico, and the horses that link them together.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD TRADITIONAL ETHNO AWARD
Marriages In Heaven Cara Currie 26:30
The visual and cultural beauty of India is revealed in this personal tale of a traditional wedding.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD EDUCATIONAL SHORT
†Just Listen Kenya E. Davis 5:05
Traces the daily life of an adolescent, her nightmare and its consequence. Experience the fear, trauma, and emotion.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD EDUCATIONAL
Alaskas Inside Passage Fred Heiman 23:42
Alaskas Inside Passage is a very special place, not only for the glorious spectacle put on by the Humpback whales, but for all the other animals that co-exist there.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD EDUCATIONAL
Voices of the GTU Kevin C. Koczela/Greg Tarin 6:00
Celebrating academics, service, and diversity within the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD THE "SLIM HARPO" AWARD
Hopping the Davenport Karen Villeneuve 5:03
Took a film camera and went trainhopping with the Trainmaster. Set the images to Paul Sprawls slide guitar and vocals. A taste of Outlaw Americana.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD "BOY-TOY" AWARD
The Sway Kia Simon 4:00
Girl meets boy on the subway and stalks him. Girl loses boy. Girl gets boy in a Chinese doughnut shop.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD
Fee Fi Fo Fum Christopher Studley 5:00
The story of a dying boys ninth birthday and the phatasmagoria of his psyche.
GRAND FESTIVAL AWARD
Children of the Dustbowl Max Strebel †15:00
Eleven year old Maxs claymation movie about a family escaping the Dust Bowl and their trials as they drive from Oklahoma to California on Route 66.
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD
Healthy Snacks Briana Taylor 15:00
Eighth grade Girl Scouts of Troop 3846 demonstrate how to prepare and discuss the advantages of† eating healthy food.
Faces of Oregon †John Thomas Rabalais †4:48
Shot while on vacation in Oregon, this video shows Oregons natural beauty in its landscapes and wildlife.
The following works will not be screened due to time restraints:
BEST OF FESTIVAL: FEATURE
†The Shelter Scott Birmingham/Ron Walker
Coffee and Language J.P. Allen
Resin Steve Sobel
BEST OF FESTIVAL: SHORT FEATURE
Grounded Drew Flores
BEST OF FESTIVAL: DOCUMENTARY
†De Colores Peter Barbosa
†Jim Thompson, Silk King Hope Anderson
†Character Study Edward Engel
†Changing Habits Sara Needham
†Something Wonderful Has Happened... Ian Christopher
BEST OF FESTIVAL: ARTS
†Interview with Anna Halperin Finis Edge
BEST OF FESTIVAL: EXPERIMENTAL
†Journey, Swiftly Passing Barbara Klutinis
BEST OF FESTIVAL: COMEDY
†The Jokes On Thee R.J.Johnson
Go Back Home Gabriel Foley
†The Three Humors Finis Edge
BEST OF FESTIVAL: EDUCATIONAL
†High Street Intersection Joanne E. Nerenberg
HONOURABLE MENTION: FEATURE
†Sea - Andrew Williamson
HONOURABLE MENTION: SHORT FEATURE
†Generation Lost Dan Sardy/George Maskrey
†Mooneys Manifesto Mike Lennon
HONOURABLE MENTION: DOCUMENTARY
†Room 408 at Logan High Terri DeBono
†Train Thomas Burns / Eriko Yamato
HONOURABLE MENTION: ARTS
†Yellow Fridays Porter Gale
HONOURABLE MENTION: COMEDY
†The Chumley Factor Mike Lennon
HONOURABLE MENTION: EDUCATIONAL
†Chi Running Finis Edge
HONOURABLE MENTION: YOUNG PRODUCERS
†Pink Slip Daniel Steiner
EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER
CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL
PAUL KEALOHA BLAKE
BERKELEY DAILY PLANET
FINE ARTS CINEMA
HOWARD QUINN PRINTERS
OAKLAND AUDIO & VISUAL
BOB KLEIN - OLIVETTO
BV&FF 2001 VOLUNTEERS
ALLEN WILLIS (Dean of African American Bay Area Filmmakers)
MEL VAPOUR (Director/Founder)
In Memory of:
Michael Tostado 1950-2001
Terrence A. Brulc - 1944-1993
WTC Victims & Families - 9/11/2001
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