Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 11:41 AM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Doc Fest awards announced

Following the end of its Eighth Annual Homer International Documentary Film Festival, the Homer Theatre announced the winners of its Silver Halibut awards.

The jury award for best of the festival went to "Buck," the story of cowboy Buck Brannaman. "The consensus was that the humanity and the striving through the adversity of his youth and the unaffected humor of this very talented cowboy made us both like him and learn from him," said Homer Theatre owner Jamie Sutton.

Out of 113 ballots cast, the audience award went to "I Am," director Tom Shadyac's exploration of what is wrong — and mostly right — about humanity.

"It had a powerful influence on each audience member and the comments confirmed that it had affected or affirmed the lives of viewers," Sutton said. "Many ballots noted the sense of community and good cheer, which the movie applauded, was alive and well in Homer."

With a score of 4.838 points, "I Am" was just ahead of "Buck" with 4.812 points.

The New Director Award went to Laurel and Doug Epps for "Soul Resonance," their film on the spread of Zimbabwean marimba and mbira music to North America — and to Homer. Sutton called the world premiere and marimba party the height of the festival.

Tied for third in the audience balloting was "Bill Cunningham / New York" and "Being Elmo." Rounding out the list were fifth place, "The Interrupters"; sixth place, "Soul Resonance"; seventh, "Project Nim"; eighth, "Senna"; and ninth, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," the theater's first 3-D digital film.