Best Documentary Feature & Best Editing Winner – SAM NOW
After the celebratory night, a young father Vitya visits his wife Lena and their newborn son at the maternity hospital. As the new parents are trying to wake their baby for feeding, they deal with the irreversible changes in their lives and with each other. Meanwhile, the diaper cake silently sits in the room, like a time bomb.Director's Bio:Anastasia Babenko is a Ukrainian filmmaker based in Seattle, WA. Prior to writing and directing, she had worked as a news reporter in Ukraine, Germany, and the U.S. Her short films were screened at Palm Springs ShortFest, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Vienna Shorts, Regard IFF, etc. Besides her artistic practice, Anastasia curates fundraising events benefiting Ukraine. She also serves as a gala producer at the Northwest Film Forum, a nonprofit film and arts center located in Seattle.
Filmed over an expanse of 25 years, two brothers go on a 2,000-mile road trip to solve a family mystery. Shooting on nearly every camera format imaginable, from hand-developed Super-8 film to Arri 4K, Sam Harkness and his older half brother Reed employ their creative world of fiction filmmaking to dive headfirst into dealing with the issue at hand: Sam’s mom is missing. Director's Bio:Reed attended film school in his backyard and garage. At 18, he began making a series of short films starring his younger brother, Sam. Reed also directed the award-winning 30-minute documentary Forest on Fire and the documentary series for Topic, House on Fire."An entirely immersive, engrossing, shocking, deeply emotional and amusing documentary. It’s got a universal heart center that’s about belonging, empathy, compassion and how we’re all shaped by our families. There’s enormous creativity and heart packed into this film. I can’t say enough: it’s perfect!" –BendFilm TeamFilm sponsored by Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis