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2013 Awards

laurel-best

Smokin

Smokin’ Fish
United States – Alaska

Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish, tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.


laurel-honorable

k

The K Effect
International Premiere – Spain, 2012, 129 mins.

The K Effect reveals the curious and amazing story of Maxim – actor, instigator of the revolution, forger , Hollywood producer and Stalin’s film editor – through his amateur footage and personal home movies. A road movie through the most significant events of the 20th century: a century shaken by fascinating utopias, which spawned cheerful dreams and horrible nightmares.

Painted

The Painted Girl
United States – Washington

The story of Megan, a closeted gay 15 year old, who runs away from her mother’s expectations. Hiding in an abandoned subway tunnel, she uses spray paint to create art for her mother. Megan hopes that through this gallery of graffiti she can help her mother understand who she is.


laurel-bestjr

Painted

The Painted Girl
United States – Washington

The story of Megan, a closeted gay 15 year old, who runs away from her mother’s expectations. Hiding in an abandoned subway tunnel, she uses spray paint to create art for her mother. Megan hopes that through this gallery of graffiti she can help her mother understand who she is.


laurel-peopleschoice

Smokin

Smokin’ Fish
United States – Alaska

Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish, tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.