Several films that met or exceeded the criteria for “woke” excellence at the secular, politically correct, mountain-air Sundance Film Festival were honored this evening. All hail the PRPIA (People’s Republic of Progressive, Inclusive Agendas) along with those who’ve embraced the right kind of change-oriented, Time’s Up-embracing, gay-celebrating, forward-looking social values that Sundance culture approves of.
To what extent will the films honored this evening penetrate or at least become known among the sprawling, sea-level culture of megaplex popcorn-munchers and couch streamers? Five words: The twains will never meet.
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION: Grand Jury Prize: The Miseducation of Cameron Post; Audience Award: Burden; Directing: Sara Colangelo, The Kindergarten Teacher; Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Christina Choe, Nancy; Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature: Reinaldo Marcus Green, Monsters and Men; Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking: I Think We’re Alone Now; Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting: Benjamin Dickey, Blaze.
U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION: Grand Jury Prize: Kailash; Directing: Alexandria Bombach, On Her Shoulders; Audience Award: The Sentence; Special Jury Award for Social Impact: Crime + Punishment; Special Jury Award for Creative Vision: Hale County This Morning, This Evening; Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking: Minding the Gap; Special Jury Award for Storytelling: Three Identical Strangers.
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION: Grand Jury Prize: Butterflies; Audience Award: The Guilty; Directing Award: Ísold Uggadóttir, And Breathe Normally; Special Jury Award for Acting: Valeria Bertucecelli, The Queen of Fear; Special Jury Award for Screenwriting: Julio Chavezmontes & Sebastián Hofmann, Time Share; Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting: Dead Pigs.