The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest and Homemakers took home the Best Documentary and Best Narrative Feature honors respectively at Fort Worth’s eighth annual Lone Star Film Festival, it was announced late Monday.
Mark DeFriest is director Gabriel London’s powerful chronicle of a highly intelligent but directionless and impulsive man who has been in prison for 30 years. While far from innocent, he would not seem to deserve the violent life -- including repeated rapes -- to which he has been condemned. There’s a Tarrant County connection as editor Nick Scott, who appeared at the screening for a Q&A, is originally from Grapevine.
Homemakers is director Colin Healy’s drama about an Austin indie musician who relocates to Pittsburgh to restore a crumbling house that’s been in her family for generations and finds that, as the cliche goes, you may not be able to go home again.
The festival also named winners in other categories:
Narrative short: Molly
Documentary short: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
Student short: Taki Pejzaz
Special jury prize for ensemble performance: Baby Mary
Feature film winners get $2500 each while the short-film winners receiver $500 each.