The 2017 Magnolia Film Festival Winners
Ron Tibet Award for Excellence in Film
Lucky Chicken (12:15) directed by Gulliver Moore
A quirky silent romantic comedy about a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker... and a magic chicken. Lucky Chicken is the story of a down-on-his-luck Baker whose fortunes are turned around when a magic chicken stumbles into his shop, laying eggs that help his cakes become the talk of the town..
Slipaway (88:35) directed by Daniel Mentz and Julia Butler
Neglected by her family, Fall, an eclectic elder with good intentions but extreme measures, finds little companionship in our hyper-busy world. When she comes across Adam, a young street musician selling his keyboard, she buys it on a whim under the pretense of wanting to learn piano. Suspicious and wary, Adam agrees to teach her and quickly finds himself captured in an unsteady home with one feisty lady.
Elena Zastawnik Award for Best Written Film
Shy Guys (8:16) directed by Fredric Lehne
Two strangers (2016 Tony winner Reed Birney and newcomer Blake DeLong) bring the laughs as they confront and resolve one of the most insidious scourges afflicting mankind - while standing at public urinals with their willies out. The first film by ubiquitous character actor Fredric Lehne.
Best Student Film
The Atoning (1:29:00) directed by Michael Williams(in attendance)
Vera, Ray, and Sam, a seemingly normal family, are haunted by more than mere ghosts. The lingering horror of their past threatens their ability to function as a loving family until they become enlightened by a mystical encounter. From that moment on, they’re thrust into a horror worse than anything they’ve ever experienced. Personal demons manifest and tear the family apart from the inside out as they come to terms with their past.