Thursday, June 29
Did We Call It or What?
After giving positive reviews for both "Gretchen" and "Deliver Us From Evil," we here at Zap2it are psyched that both films received jury prizes at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday (June 28). At a ceremony at the W Hotel, "Sideways" star Virginia Madsen and "The West Wing" actor Jimmy Smits presented the Target Filmmaker and Documentary Awards. Charlize Theron also picked up the second annual Spirit of Independence honor as well.
Just in case you're too lazy to scroll down to our previous entries, here's recap of the two films:
"Deliver Us From Evil" is Amy Berg's documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who, with the full knowledge of the Church, sexually preyed on children and parishioners for more than 20 years. When matters got out of hand, he was moved from one congregation to another. Berg tracked down O'Grady in Ireland who delivers a matter-of-fact, unrepentant and ultimately chilling interview discussing his crimes.
"Gretchen" is Steve Collins' full-length feature about the awkward and frighteningly obsessive titular teen (Courtney Davis) whose emotional issues cause her to lose her head when it comes to men. Collins' darkly funny film interprets the teenager's penchant for drama with saturated colors, overblown scores and outrageous characters.
Since neither of these can be deemed "popcorn" films or fluffy crowd pleasers, the audience gets its say at Sunday night's (July 2) closing night ceremony following the "Little Miss Sunshine" screening. Audience and Short Film awards will be announced by Christina Applegate.