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Satire 'Crude' takes top honor as IFP/L.A. Film Fest calls it a wrap

June 23, 2003|Kevin Crust | Times Staff Writer

The ninth edition of the IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival ended Saturday with an awards luncheon and a closing-night gala featuring "Camp," Todd Graff's ode to a summer camp for the performing arts.

Paxton Winters received the Target Filmmaker award for best narrative feature, which carries an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000, for "Crude," a satire about two U.S. backpackers making their way through Europe and getting into trouble in Turkey.

"Be Good, Smile Pretty," Tracy Droz Tragos' documentary chronicling the search to learn about her father, who died in Vietnam, was awarded best documentary feature and a $25,000 prize.

Laura Gabbert's "Sunset Story," the audience award winner for best documentary feature, focused on the friendship between two women, both residents of a retirement home for political radicals in downtown Los Angeles.

The audience award for best narrative feature was won by Peter Mullan's "The Magdalene Sisters," which will be released in theaters by Miramax on Aug. 1.

The festival included 72 features and 134 shorts representing 32 countries, chosen from more than 2,000 submissions. This year's jury consisted of actress-filmmaker Joan Chen, New York Times film writer Dave Kehr and Los Angeles magazine writer Amy Wallace.

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