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LA Film Festival Winners Announced

The LA Film Festival called it a wrap this Sunday after a great run. This Fishie was lucky enough to catch about 10 films over the course of the festival and has to hand it to the programmers, there wasn’t a dud among the lot.

At the conclusion of the festivities last night, the winners of the fest were announced. The Narrative Award went to Stéphane Lafleur for Familiar Ground.

Wish Me Away, the behind the scenes look at country singer Chely Wright‘s coming out party, directed by Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi, took home The Documentary Award.

Attack the Block, which only screened once, at the same time, unfortunately, as Page One‘s debut screening–the one which David Carr attended–picked up the audience award for favorite narrative feature. No worries if you missed it like we did, the film is having a limited U.S. release in late July.

Full list of winners, via the press release, after the jump:

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LAFF: Five Weekend Picks

In the blink of a downtown eye, the Los Angeles Film Festival has established itself as the city’s coolest-vibe annual celluloid marathon. By relocating  to LA Live and environs, organizers were able to foster more of a Toronto International Film Fest feel.

FishbowlLA will be there, along with all the usual journo suspects. Here are five of our recommends for LAFF opening weekend:

Renée (Friday, 7 p.m.): In between the French Open and Wimbledon seems like a perfect time to catch Eric Drath‘s phenomenal documentary about Renée Richards, whose life went volley-up after a sex-change past was revealed. In a bit of ironic subject matter mimicking, there are two separate “official website” links on the film’s IMDB page, neither of which at press time work. That’s probably because the producers are in the process of repointing to ESPN, which will broadcast the documentary this fall. But it’s still kind of funny.

Sawdust City (Saturday, 7 p.m., world premiere): Eau Claire, Wisconsin writer-director David Nordstrom (now based in LA) is getting good advance buzz for his feature debut, loosely reminiscent in terms of storyline to the Jack Nicholson drama The Last Detail. A couple of brothers spend a snowy Thanksgiving combing through hometown bars in search of their estranged dad.

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