Updated: Oct 29
So many impactful documentaries this year, and our audience awards ceremony was amazing!
Congratulations to all of this year's Audience Choice Winners!
Here are the 2019 Audience Award Winners:
Best Documentary Feature
Director: Kathlyn Horan
This extremely powerful film is about Seattle’s IF Project, an innovative program aimed at assisting incarcerated women to confront the circumstances that led to their imprisonment and to begin the process of turning their lives around.
Women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985. In 2008, Seattle police officer Kim Bogucki went to the Washington Corrections Center for Women, planning to seek the permission of incarcerated mothers to work with their daughters in a Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop.
Bogucki ended up creating a writing workshop for the moms, posing this critical question: “If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?” The IF Project is an eye-opening exploration of the struggles – as well as the personal victories – of the women whose lives Officer Bogucki touched.
Released in 2019
Best Documentary Short
Director: Aimie Vallat
Meet Hameed, a young Iraqi child of war who left everything behind when he was only 15, in a solo quest for a more peaceable future. Despite adversity and challenge, and with resilience and the help of a foster family, he continues to live his American dream of education, survival and freedom.
Best Feature Category: "Things To Consider"
Director: Robin Greenspun
Breaking the Silence is the story of Amy Ayoub, a prominent Nevada businesswoman who found the courage to overcome her shame about the trauma she’d kept hidden for 38 years.
Released in 2019 99 minutes
Best Feature Category: Tales from the Heart
Directors: Julie Cohen & Betsy West
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a noteworthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected intergenerational heroine and pop culture icon.
Released in 2018 98 minutes
Best Feature Category: Explorers and Adventures
Director: Alex Holmes
The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
Released in 2018 97 minutes
Laszlo Pal Emerging Filmmakers Award
The Last Crop
Director: Katie Supplee
An intimate look at the recession of a local, family farm in rural Pennsylvania and the rich history behind their disappearing livelihood.
Best Student Film Category (Age 13-17)
Director: Blake Budwill
The Southern Resident Killer Whales are endangered and facing extinction. In this student-made documentary, leading researchers are interviewed about the issues surrounding the resident orca whales. “We created this documentary because the whales need our help. Our goal is to reach out to the world and to not let the cry of the Southern Resident Killers Whales fade any further. If the whales die, are we next?”
Best Student Film Category (Age 18-26)
Kill Your Darlings
Director: Conner Von Kuetzing
A film director finds out that her movie is going to be recut by a heartless executive. She decides to wait in his office overnight and kill him in the morning. It's up to her friends and crew to talk her out of it before time runs out.