This weekend the awards program to be excited about isn’t the Oscars, its Film Independent’s Independent Spirit Awards. Why you might ask? Well it just so happens that our very own Lynn Shelton is up for the Acura Someone To Watch Award. Coincidentally so is Barry Jenkins director of MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, who will also be at Northwest Film forum on Monday to present this film, which opens tomorrow in our cinemas. Jenkins is also nominated for Best First Feature. MEDICINE’s Director of Photography James Laxton is nominated for Best Cinematography. Among his competiton is Lol Crawley with BALLAST, also opening tomorrow in our cinemas.
BALLAST has its fair share of nominations with nods to twelve-year-old JimMyron Ross for Best Supporting Actor, Tarra Riggs for Best Female Lead, Lance Hammer for both Best First Screenplay and Best director. And the film is nominated for Best Feature.
Needless to say, there’s a lot we’re rooting for. Good luck to everyone!