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Sun & Sand winners announced; 'Category 5' screening postponed

November 15, 2013


Nov. 15--BILOXI -- Sun & Sand Music & Film Festival has announced winners in three categories.

"Lion Ark" received best documentary. The film is directed by Tim Phillips and written by Phillips and Jan Creamer.

"Spring Eddy," directed and written by George Anson, was named best feature.

"Subway Silk" received the best short award. The film is directed by Jill Clark and written by Clark and Dean Kostas.

The festival has a fourth category, music video, but the panel of judges decided there were no qualifying submissions, said Bobby Benton, festival CEO.

"Category 5," a feature film shot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, will not be shown tonight as previously scheduled, Benton said.

"We were asked to remove it because it was in discussions to distribute it," he said.

"Subway Silk" will be shown ahead of "Big Sur" from 7 to 9 tonight, in place of "Category 5," and "Spring Eddy" will be shown 9:30 to 11:30 tonight; "Big Sur" originally had been scheduled for that slot.

Distributors have agreed to allow "Category 5" to be screened on the Coast "probably in the next 90 days or the first of the year and presented by Sun & Sand, just not at the festival," Benton said. "Sun & Sand tickets for it will be honored then."

The festival continues today and Saturday with panel discussions both mornings. "Spring Eddy" again will be screened at 1 p.m. Saturday and "As I Lay Dying" at 6 p.m. Saturday, both at the Saenger Theatre in Biloxi.

"Spring Eddy," an ensemble comedy set in Texas, "sprawls from murder to love as a cast of uncommon characters runs from each other, into each other, and away with each other," according to the film's website.


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