Aug. 05--Movies tackling big issues were among the winners at the Traverse City Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.
"Fruitvale Station," the acclaimed film about a young black man's shooting death by a transit cop, won the Audience Award for best American film. The drama starring Michael B. Jordan is considered an early frontrunner for the 2014 Hollywood award season.
The Founders Grand Prize for best film went to "Propaganda," a scathing critique of American excess which has been described as "'1984" meets "The Blair Witch Project." The movie surfaced last year as a supposedly North Korean anti-Western propaganda movie, but is actually written and directed by Slavko Martinov and was made over nine years in New Zealand.
"The East," a well-reviewed indie film, got the Founders Prize for best drama. It's about a woman who infiltrates a secret group determined to make corporations pay for their illegal activities.
The Founders Prize for best documentary went to "Our Nixon," a surprisingly sympathetic look at the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon's presidency from the perspective -- and using the Super 8 home movies -- of key staffers H. R. Haldeman, John Erlichman and Dwight Chapin.
"Inequality for All," a documentary about the growing income disparity driven by rising wealth and the shrinking middle class, was an Audience Award winner for best documentary.
A Michigan-made movie, "Trust," adrama directed by David Schwimmer in Ann Arbor and metro Detroit, was the runner-up for the Audience Award for best American film. It follows a family torn apart when a young girl becomes the victim of an online predator.
Actress Liana Liberato, who plays the teen girl, received the festival's Discovery Award.
See the full list of winners here.
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