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Ninth annual Thin Line Fest awards

Ninth annual Thin Line Fest awards

Thinline film festival ran from February 18 through the 21 at Campus Theater in Denton, Texas. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

Ninth annual Thin Line Fest awards
February 25
23:01 2016

Matt Payne | Copy Editor


With the latest Thin Line Fest now in the books, there’s been no shortage of talent from both local up-and-coming talent and artists from afar. In a friendly and familiar fashion on Saturday at the Campus Theatre, accolades and awards sponsored by media companies Panavision and Atomica were dished out by film and photo directors Stanton Brasher and Ed Steele.

Following are the winners for the ninth annual Thin Line Fest of Denton, Texas.

Film Awards
Best Feature: Ed Christmas, “The Man with Four Legs”
Best Short: Laura Lemus, “Alienation”
Best Student Short: Cleo Tellier, “The Silence”
Denton Busking Turf War Winner: “Jesse Rya”

Brasher was frank in his appraisal of the film as he prepared to announce a film that he “immediately knew was something special.” Executive producer Mal Robinson of “The Man With Four Legs” took the stage, and in reserved, humble fashion, he accepted the award of “Best Feature” on behalf of director Ed Christmas and the entire staff.

“I’m in genuine shock. We did not expect to win this,” Robinson said. “With this film, we really tried to stretch the boundaries, but we’re really proud of the end result from the team’s effort and hard work.”

Christmas was absent from the festival because he was overseas, but he and his production staff were awarded $10,000 in Panavision credit.

Photo Awards
Overall Photography Winner: Al Key, “Reflectricity”
It’s About People: Matt Simms, “Pushkar”
Natural Beauty: Abby Stanford, “Into the Woods”
There’s a Thin Line: Michael Leza, “Cloudwalk”
What Moves Us: Al Key, “Reflectricity”
Zef: Bane Cook, “The Hunt”
‘Polowalk’ Instant Film Winner: Zack Huggins

Al Key, among many other photographers who had submitted work for Thin Line, were absent from the brief award ceremony. But that didn’t stop local photographer and director of photography Ed Steele from making jest in admiration of their work.

“That’s the problem with photographers–you can never strap us down for too long,” Steele said. “We’re always out shooting.”

Key’s “Reflectricity” and fellow Thin Line award winners’ works were on display at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center on East Hickory Street until Sunday, but a display for the award winners will stand at Golden Triangle Mall for an extended period of time.

Featured Image: The 2016 Thinline film festival ran from February 18 through the 21 at Campus Theater in Denton, Texas. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

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