Woodstock Film Festival Presents Annual Awards

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal
September 25, 2011

WOODSTOCK — “On the Ice” won the Lee Marvin Award for Best Feature Narrative at the 12th annual Woodstock Film Festival awards ceremony Saturday night. Best Feature Documentary went to “Semper Fi: Always Faithful.”

The ceremony was emceed by Brendon Small with live music by Paul Green's Band of Monkeys.

Guests, presenters and award recipients included Fisher Stevens, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tim Blake Nelson, Meera Gandhi, Mark Ruffalo, Tony Kaye, Ellen Barkin, Timothy Hutton and Barbara Kopple.

A special Tribute to Gary Winick was included in the ceremony, to honor the filmmaker and pioneering producer who died in February from brain cancer at age 49. Winick rose to fame directing mainstream films such as “Letters to Juliet” and “13 Going on 30.”

Honorary awards were also presented. The Trailblazer Award was given to Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Colation. The Maverick Award was given to director Tony Kaye (“American History X”). The Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award was presented to actor Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are All Right”). And the Excellence in Acting Award was presented to actor Ellen Barkin (“Another Happy Day”) by actor/director Vincent D’Onofrio.

The festival, which opened Wednesday and closes today, featured nearly 150 screenings, panels, concerts, and special events, including 19 world film premieres.