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2011 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

By Mike Everleth ⋅ June 7, 2011

18th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival poster

The 18th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival has handed out their annual awards. The big winner this year is filmmaker Jerzy Rose for his movie Some Girls Never Learn.

Rose’s debut comedy feature film won both the Made in Chicago Award and was voted the number one film amongst audience members.

Other feature films winning prizes are Best Documentary And Again, Adele Horne‘s portrait of the unusual town of Playas, New Mexico; while the Best Narrative (feature) award was split between two films: Alex Ross Perry‘s The Color Wheel, about feuding siblings; and Damon Russell’s Snow on tha Bluff, a fictional autobiography about an Atlanta crack dealer.

Short film winners include Ryan Garrett, John Price and Ben Rivers; while Nellie Kluz, Mike Gibisser, Spencer Parsons and Laura Kraning all received honorable mentions.

The jury selecting this year’s winners were Donald Harrison of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, media artist Chi Jang Yin, critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and novelist Irvine Welsh.

The festival continues with repeat screenings until June 9 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

The full list of winners is below:

Jury Awards:

Best Documentary (feature)
And Again, dir. Adele Horne

Best Documentary (short)
History Minor, dir. Ryan Garrett

Best Experimental:
Home Movie, dir. John Price

Best Experimental:
Slow Action, dir. Ben Rivers

Best Narrative (feature):
The Color Wheel, dir. Alex Ross Perry

Best Narrative (feature):
Snow on tha Bluff, dir. Damon Russell

Made in Chicago Award:
Some Girls Never Learn, dir. Jerzy Rose

Audience Award:
Some Girls Never Learn, dir. Jerzy Rose

Honorable Mentions:

Young Bird Season, dir. Nellie Kluz
Second Law: South Leh St., dir. Mike Gibisser
Chainsaw Found Jesus, dir. Spencer Parsons
Devil’s Gate, dir. Laura Kraning

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