That awkward moment when City Paper didn’t review any of the Sterling Award winners at this year’s Silverdocs? Oh well.
Only the Young took home Best U.S. Feature. Directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims explored the relationship of three Southern California teenagers who were caught in a love triangle. “We loved this film for its striking and beautiful cinematography and its innovative editing,” said the Sterling U.S. Feature jury. “But above all, we loved it for its sensitive and startlingly honest portrayal of adolescence. Neither saccharine nor snarky, the film captures the depth and absurdity of being a teenager without cliché or caricature.” Tippet and Mims walked away with $5,000.
Director Seugiun Yi won the Best World Feature (and $5,000) for his film, Planet of Snail, about deaf and blind poet Young-Chan. The film explores how Young-Chan wrote poetry relying on the three senses he did have: smell, touch, and taste.
Kings Point was crowned Best Short Film, but the movie has nothing to do with royalty, unless Queen Elizabeth has fled Buckingham Palace for this retirement community. Director Sari Gilman follows a few retirees who flock south, but not just for the winter.
Notable special jury mentions include The Waiting Room (read our review here!) for Special U.S. Feature, Special Flight for Special World Feature, and Mondays at Racine and Paradise for Sterling Short Honorable Mention. Trash Dance and Sparkle netted Audience Awards for best feature and best short, respectively.