‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘For Sama’ Win Top Awards at Nantucket Film Festival

Variety | 6/24/2019 | Cynthia Littleton
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NANTUCKET, Mass. — Adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and Syria documentary “For Sama” emerged as the top winners at the 24th annual Nantucket Film Festival.

The festival, which concludes today, as ever put the emphasis on screenwriters and emerging talents. Director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Sundance hit “Brittany Runs a Marathon” had a number of well-received screenings, as did Gavin Hood’s “Official Secrets.” Documentaries that played at the island getaway off the coast of Massachusetts included “It Started As a Joke,” “David Crosby: Remember My Name” and “We Are the Radical Monarchs.”

Festival - Screenwriter - Tributes - Forces - Comedy

The festival’s annual screenwriter tributes went to female forces in the comedy realm. Leslie Dixon, the seasoned scribe behind “Mrs. Doubtfire” and the musical rendition of “Hairspray,” was recognized, as were five former and current women from the “Saturday Night Live” orbit: Jane Curtin, writer Anne Beatts, Heidi Gardner, Sudi Green and Sarah Schneider.

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Audience - Award - Films - Master - Maggie

The audience award for narrative short films went to “Master Maggie,” about a strange acting student, from Matthew Bonifacio and Julianna Gelinas Bonifacio, and “Mack Wrestles,” from Erin Sanger and Taylor Hess,” a look at the life of a transgender wrestler.

Gillian Jacobs, star of NBC’s “Community” and Netflix’s “Love,” was on hand to screen “Curated,” the short she directed at as part...
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