2012 Oregon Film Awards Announces Winners

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Scott Blum’s “Walk In” wins the Grand Jury Award.

“Heroica” written by Scott Patterson receives the Grand Prize Award in the Feature Screenplay Competition. “Jeremy’s World” written by Carlos Perez receives the Grand Prize Award in the Short Screenplay Competition.

The jury prizes and top award winners of the 2012 Oregon Film Awards were announced Wednesday, November 7th, 2012. Top winners were selected in each of the main competitive categories along with the Special Jury Award, and winners in the four top tiers of recognition: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level achievements. The complete list of 2012 winners can be viewed on the event’s official website, http://www.oregonfilmawards.com

The 2012 Oregon Film Award Winners

The Grand Jury Award was awarded to “Walk In” directed by Scott Blum (USA).
Walk-In is a remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer who comes face-to-face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns that he has a terminal disease, with only a few months left to live. On his deathbed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel who promises to help him with a graceful exit. As Don prepares to say his last goodbyes to his loving wife, Robert attempts to change Don's perspective about his mortality and proposes to take over his diseased body in return for giving Don the body of a puppy.

The Special Jury Award was awarded to “School Days Shoot” directed by Kentaro Masamura (Japan). School Days Shoot is a film revolving around the theme of life high school soccer players. While the viewer reminisces on their high school days, they can enjoy a story of club activities and love. Based on the athlete's way of thinking 'I'll shoot when I get the chance!', we strove to support people who are living it tough.

Best Narrative Feature was awarded to “Opal” directed by Dina Ciraulo (USA). Inspired by true events, Opal is the captivating tale of self-taught naturalist and cult icon Opal Whiteley. Raised in a logging camp, Opal catapults to fame with the publication of her diary, then to infamy when readers suspect a hoax. What ensues is a literary mystery with contemporary overtones, where questions of identity are raised but never fully resolved. The film rides the tension between fact and fiction, and presents a character who embodies the possibilities of both.

Best Documentary Feature was awarded to “Take a Bow” directed by Lu Lesian (USA). Take a Bow is a film about the extraordinary life story of Ingrid Clarfield, a remarkable contemporary educator and inspirational figure. On March 29 2007, Ingrid was struck down by a devastating stroke that paralyzed the left side of her body. This should have been the end of her career. But it was not. The film depicts how Ingrid's love of teaching, her passion for piano and her commitment to her students enable her to overcome seeming insurmountable obstacles.

Best Director was awarded to “A Tale of Delight” directed by Edd Blott (USA). Michael, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, fights the haunting memories of his wife's tragic death. One day, his hope for healing is at risk when his family's desire for a happy Christmas force Michael to hold his pain and guilt inside.

Best First-Time Director was awarded to “Wintersmith” directed by Anthony Tocchio (USA). In Wintersmith Village, Talia Abrams must struggle with her own self doubt to accept the help she needs to save her people from the tyrannical demon Fenris.

Best Actor was awarded to “Shuffle” directed by Garrett Bennett; Aron Michael Thompson, Actor (USA). A killer with a change of heart must play one last hand of poker with the mob boss that raised him within a criminal house of cards.

Best Actress was awarded to “Dreams Awake” directed by Jerry Alden Deal; Erin Gray, Actress (USA). While on vacation a disconnected family gets stranded near mystical Mt. Shasta and amazing possibilities open up. A family drama expands into a spiritual mystery, finally growing into a mystical adventure. As a glimpse into the subtle but intense possibilities of the human spirit, this story delves into that magical lore between reality and illusion, dreams and awake, and life, death and immortality.

Best Animation was awarded to “Live Outside the Box” directed by Shu-Hsuan Lin (Taiwan). The leading character Simon is a workaholic without any social contact. Gradually his world becomes smaller and smaller and even at the very end, there is nothing left in his world but only his work. This severe impact finally wakes him up and now Simon has to find the right way to bring his life back before everything is too late.

Best Narrative Short was awarded to “Dinner Party” directed by Jaqueline Gault (USA). When a group of college friends reunite for a dinner party after 10 years, all their secrets are revealed when Ed, the only single one of the bunch, decides to expose them for who they really are.

Best Documentary Short was awarded to “God Has Arrived” directed by John Urich-Sass (Mexico). This story is my personal experience of how I found God, or how God found me. It is a story that began when I first questioned myself about the origins of man, questions that took me to the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico in search of answers. To my surprise, those answers lay hidden on the mountains of Rajastan, India. I not only found the origins of man, I found the origins of my own existence. I found the mind of God. There is no greater truth that I can leave behind to my son, than the truth God stamped in my heart.

Best Produced Feature Screenplay was awarded to “Currency” directed Brad Rosier (USA). Several lives are witnessed over the course of 80 years. Currency is a simple story about the complex questions we all ask. We all ask why. And we all die.

Best Produced Short Screenplay was awarded to “Returning Home” directed by Jason Honeycut (USA). A man wakes up in the middle of nowhere - a desolate road divides the baron landscape - all he knows is that he has to get home to his family. He soon discovers that 'home' might have an entirely different meaning.

Best Foreign Feature was awarded “40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy” directed by Robert Lemeison (USA). In one of the largest unknown mass-killings of the 20th century, an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were secretly and systematically killed in 1965 when General Suharto launched a bloody purge of suspected “communists” in Indonesia through a complex and highly contested series of events through which he ultimately gained power and the presidency. During Suharto's authoritarian rule, any discussion or memorializing of the killings that differs from the official state narrative has been suppressed. '40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy' follows the brave testimonies of four individuals and their families through a multi-generational perspective as they break the silence and reflect upon how the long-term, traumatic effects of the 1965 mass-killings has reverberated painfully in their lives till the present day.

Best Foreign Short was awarded to “Half Good Killer” directed by Brent Ryan Green (USA). A jaded child soldier fighting for an African rebel force struggles to survive the war he was thrust into as he reawakens to the life he was destined to lead.

Best Experimental Film was awarded to “The Pipedreams Project” directed by Ryan Vandecasteyen (Canada). Searching for effective ways to get involved in the decision-making process and oppose a $5.5 billion pipeline project that would introduce crude oil tankers to the North Coast of British-Columbia, three kayakers embark on an epic 2-month kayak expedition along the length of the BC coast.

Best Short Film was awarded to “The Great Hamburger Challenge” directed by Jason Chau (USA). These boys take fast food very seriously. So when Craig questions the prowess of Stanley's palette, it's anything but a gentleman's wager. They'll have to risk their pride, their video games, and even the dignity of Craig's smoking hot mom if they want to settle this carnivorous quandary.

Best Student Feature was awarded to “Mr. Teddy” directed by Alessandro Grassi (Italy). Barbara, a waitress in a hotel, has the vice to remove objects from guest’s rooms. Francesco, a student, finally meets a girl known on internet who hides a secret to him. Fausto, a chemist, invented an unusual way to export drugs with the help of another man. Susanna, a woman marked by a deep pain, plans revenge against the man who wasted her life. The vicissitudes of four characters cross each other in the Japan Hotel in 24 hours, the presentation day of Mr. Teddy, a new prototype of a speaking teddy bear.

Best Student Short was awarded to “The Darkness is Close Behind” directed by Sheena McCann (USA). A teenage boy anxiously watches over his meth cook father and his little brother - but his vigilance is wearing thin.

Best Music Video was awarded to “Future” directed by Kentaro Masamura (Japan). A music video about love in summer, set to illustrate the song’s theme of unrequited love in the summer, we ventured to take trimmings of swimmers and pasting them over visuals of the sky, creating a soaring feeling of freedom toward one’s affection to another and the future. We designed visuals for 'sky swimming'. The last scene is a must see.

Best of Oregon was awarded to “Oregon Brewed” directed by David Panton (USA). Beer has made a lasting historical mark throughout history. Today in Oregon, beer continues to make history. The unique culture of brewers and beer drinkers in Oregon is an important part not only to the beer itself, but to the people that live here as well. This documentary on Oregon craft beer looks at a few different breweries all different sizes and ages, to find out what really makes beer in Oregon unique.

Best Television Production was awarded to “Sperm Donor” directed by Terry Cunningham (USA). When a very rich, very lonely dying man discovers the sperm he sold to help get through college has resulted in 3 children, he is determined to get this dysfunctional group together and become his family...whether they like it or not.

The 2012 Screenplay Competition Winners

Feature Screenplay Competition
Grand Prize: "Heroica" written by Scott Patterson
1st Place Screenplay: "Mountain" written by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi
2nd Place Screenplay: "Getting the Business" written by Haik Hakobian
3rd Place Screenplay: "Red Rust Black" written by Christopher Dillon
4th Place Screenplay: "Poor Man's War" written by Jennifer Koon
Oregon Screenplay Awards - Platinum Level: "Roadside Crosses" written by Solace Pineo
Oregon Screenplay Awards - Gold Level: "Larry's Best Friend" written by David Hill
Oregon Screenplay Awards - Silver Level: "Boarders" written by Skip Clark
Oregon Screenplay Awards - Bronze Level: "Til Death Do Us Part" written by Lisa Kovanda

Short Screenplay Competition
Grand Prize: "Jeremy's World" written by Carlos Perez
1st Place Screenplay: "The Terrible Turk" written by Emine Dursun
2nd Place Screenplay: "Something of Myself" written by Douglas Jones
3rd Place Screenplay: "She Will Be Mine" written by Burleigh Smith
4th Place Screenplay: "The Callback" written by Alex Zelenty
Oregon Screenplay Awards - Platinum Level: "Schedule Change" written by Scott Patterson
Oregon Screenplay Awards - Gold Level: "Dating Alfie" written by Paul Ellington
Oregon Screenplay Awards - Silver Level: "Reboot" written by Liam Johnson
Oregon Screenplay Awards - Bronze Level: "Playing Through" written by John Harris

2012 Oregon Film Awards - Platinum Awards
Animation Film Competition
Firefly and the Coffee Machine directed by John Michael Wilyat

Documentary Film Competition
Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia directed by Robert Lemelson
Blood, Sweat and Berries directed by Teresa Javillonar, Jacob Suazo, Scott Hines, and Rex Yabut
We Grew Wings directed by Erich Lyttle and Sarah Henderson
Factory of One directed by Sage Eaton

Music Video Competition
The Flying Saucer Song directed by Riley Gibson

Narrative Film Competition
Route 30, Too! directed by John Putch
The Paddy Lincoln Gang directed by Ben Jagger
Teenagers directed by Paul Verhoeven

Oregon Film Competition
Home: The Story of Valsetz directed by Ronan Feely

Short Film Competition
La poesie de Kiyumi, la broderie de Sayuru directed by Satoru Sugita
Diminished Chords directed by Kristina Harris
200 Dollars directed by Chris Lawruk and Max Burleigh
Choices directed by Michael J Kirkland
Birthday directed by Erik Norkroos

Student Film Competition
Jacob's Rose directed by William Storr
LILy of the Valley directed by Sara Nimeh

Television Productions Competition
Holt & Randy directed Russell Griffith

2012 Oregon Film Awards - Gold Awards

Animation Film Competition
Backspace directed by Jillian Starr and Brian Starr

Documentary Film Competition
My Glass Odyssey directed by John Waterman
OTOH: Switzerland directed by Cina Canada
The Days of EJD and Concert Services directed by Chuck Stenberg
American Veterans: Discarded and Forgotten directed by Gary Null and Richard Polonetsky

Music Video Competition
The Hardest Day directed by Gilbert Orozco

Narrative Film Competition
The Immortal Head directed by Mark Andres
Divination directed by Ben Pohl
Spinning Kite directed by Satoshi Kase

Oregon Film Competition
Wy'east Shadows directed by David Saiget

Short Film Competition
The Green Tie Affair directed by Dane Neves
Machiavelli & Company directed by Taner Tumkaya
Selfless directed by Breanne Mattson
The Gate Keeper directed by Fred Bass and Laurie Bass
Our for Vengeance directed by Andrew Catania

Student Film Competition
PELT directed by Rowan Spiers-Floyd
L'Esplanade directed by Evander Reeves

Television Productions Competition
The Idealistic Prism directed Colleen Sturtevant

2012 Oregon Film Awards - Silver Awards

Animation Film Competition
Berserk: Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King directed by Kubooka Toshiyuki

Documentary Film Competition
A Good Death directed by Paul Van Ness
Kinderblock 66: Return of the Buchenwald directed by Rob Cohen
The Discussion directed by Gen - Eric
Death of an American Town directed by Cina Canada

Music Video Competition
A House, A Home directed by Daniel Fickle

Narrative Film Competition
The Astronaut directed by Adam Lemmey
Dreaming Alaska directed by Emanuele Valla
Rumblestrips directed by Toby Poser & John Adams

Oregon Film Competition
Fields of Color directed by Audrey Daniel

Short Film Competition
Flying on the Wings of Time directed by Teresa Mular MD
Slip Cue directed by Robin Kupferman
Back Home directed by Joseph Pesavento
Damaged Goods directed by Michael Miceli
The Silk directed by Clare Burgess & Nathalie Boltt

Student Film Competition
Bro directed by Prasong Suphachadiwong
Chimera directed by Devin Hand

Television Productions Competition
Beyond the Search directed by Kyle Portbury

2012 Oregon Film Awards - Bronze Awards

Animation Film Competition
Atom directed by Klayton Stainer

Documentary Film Competition
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea directed by David Schmidt
New York Showcase directed by Albert Uria
Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen directed by Michael Stillwater
Boom Varietal directed by Sky Pinnick

Music Video Competition
Miserable directed by Dave Patten
Spring is coming directed by Woo-Hyuk

Narrative Film Competition
Neander-Jin: The Return of the Neanderthal Man directed by Florian Steinbiss
Space directed by Steve Nolan

Oregon Film Competition
The Crime of The d'Autremont Brothers directed by Tom Olsen

Short Film Competition
A Broken Tear directed by Krystle Houiess
Slow Burn directed by Michael McCallum
A Tear More "Une Larme de Plus" directed by Paul Verhoeven
Cantata in C Major directed by Ronnie Cramer
MidNight FistFight directed by Robert Nazar Arjoyan

Student Film Competition
I Was Warned directed by Huseyin Sari
Shiny Things directed by Devin Hume

Television Productions Competition
Singing For Life directed by Barbara Weissenbeck


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