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Stony Brook Film Festival
- 15th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival Winners Announced-
Five Star Day Wins Jury Award
The Storm Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking
July 31, 2010,
Five Star Day – Best Feature, Jury Award. Written and directed by Danny Buday.
Ayla – Directed by Su Turhan.
Worth – Best Short Film, Audience Choice Award. A film by Kathi Carey.
Unrest – Best Short Film, Jury Award. A film by Christina Rubinstein.
The Storm - Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking. Directed by Ben Sombogaart. (Opening Night film out of competition.)
Among the filmmakers attending the awards reception were Danny Buday for Five Star Day, Su Turhan for Ayla, Kathi Carey for the short film Worth, and Marie Pineda, producer for the short film Unrest.
Sylvia Hoeks, the Dutch actress who played Julia in The Storm, and Alain De Levita, the film’s producer, had attended the Stony Brook Film Festival for the U.S. Premiere of The Storm on Opening Night, July 22.
The Stony Brook Film Festival
completed its ten-day run of new independent film from the
Best Feature Jury Award
Five Star Day
Written and directed by Danny Buday. Produced by Danny Buday, Joel Mendoza and Mike Robertson. With
Jake Gibson (Cam Gigandet, Twilight) sees that his horoscope forecasts a perfect five star day the morning of his birthday. Determined that astrology has no legitimacy, Jake embarks on a journey to test the theory of astrology by finding the three people born the same time and place as himself—Sarah Reynolds (Jena Malone), Yvette Montgomery (Brooklyn Sudano), and Wesley Henderson (Max Hartman). An exciting new work with crisp direction and exceptional performances. From Virtu Entertainment and Lucid Entertainment.
Best Feature Audience Choice
Stony Brook Film Festival had a tie for Best Feature,
Audience Choice. “These wonderful German films rose to the top, with hundredths
of a point separating them in the balloting,” noted Alan Inkles. “
Ayla – A U.S.
Ayla is young, beautiful and self-confident. She’s also independent and
intends to stay that way. But as a Turkish woman in
It’s 1936 and the
Best Short Audience Choice
A film by Kathi Carey. Produced by David Manship and Kathi Carey.
When a non-descript violin shows up at an upscale auction it seems wildly out of place. But who decides what something or someone is really worth?
Best Short Jury Award
A film by Christina Rubinstein. Produced by Marie Pineda.
Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking (Out of Competition)
“Stony Brook Film Festival was honored to have this film,” said Alan Inkles. “The powerful response that included an extended standing ovation was impossible to ignore. We felt the extraordinary work merited a special award.”
A U.S. Premiere filmed in the
This gripping drama is remarkable for its realism, superb direction, extraordinary performances and outstanding special effects. Based on a real event, The Netherlands’ own Hurricane Katrina, the North Sea Flood of 1953 (Dutch: Watersnoodramp, ‘the flood disaster’).
Closing Night Film
The Stony Brook Film Festival ended with the East Coast premiere of Mao’s Last Dancer directed by Bruce Beresford, which came to Stony Brook from Samuel Goldwyn Films. A bonus feature film from The Weinstein Company, The Concert, directed by Radu Mihaileanu, was screened earlier in the evening.
About The Stony Brook Film Festival
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Stony Brook Film Festival Closing Night Awards photos
Caption for group: Filmmakers at the 2010 Closing Night Awards Reception, 15th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival: Su Turhan, director of Ayla, Best Feature Audience Choice Award; Danny Buday, director of Five Star Day, Best Feature Jury Award; Alan Inkles, Stony Brook Film Festival founder and director; Kathi Carey, director of Worth, Best Short Audience Choice; Marie Pineda, producer of Unrest, Best Short Jury Award.
Feature Film Winners at the 2010 Stony Brook Film Festival Closing Night Awards Reception: Su Turhan, director of Ayla, Best Feature Audience Choice Award; Danny Buday, director of Five Star Day, Best Feature Jury Award.
(Berlin 36, directed by Kaspar Heidelbach, tied for Best Feature Audience Choice Award.)