David M. Massey's "Last Breeze of Summer," an Oscar nominee in the live-action short-film category, took the first prize of $3,000 in the Black American Cinema Society's 10th annual Black Independent Filmmaker Awards at a judging held Saturday at Eastman Kodak in Hollywood. Massey's tense, eloquent narrative told of a young black girl chosen to integrate a white high school in a small Texas town in 1957.
Second prize, worth $2,000, went to Kenneth Brian Jones' "The Clearing," which was written by Alice E. Stephens. A whimsical, atmospheric vignette set in the Florida countryside, it tells of two little boys and their families experiencing a dramatic encounter with an elderly storyteller. The $1,000 third-place winner was Clyde Tornes' "Cocaine and a Bitch," a poetic and provocative cautionary tale in dance and mime.
The three honorable mentions, each worth $250, were awarded to T. Carlos Williams' witty animated "Da Bridge," in which the various meanings of the word "bridge" are examined in the context of racism; to Bobby Mardis' hilarious "Why Colors?," which uses humor to point up the deadly absurdity of gang warfare; and Rodney Allen Hooks' sentimental and amusing "A Fond Little Memory," in which a retired barber reminisces about how his shop had been a warm community gathering place.