Appalachian Film Festival Winners

These are all films that have won awards at the Appalachian Film Festival in West Virginia, from oldest to most recent. Some past award winners do not have IMDb pages and do not appear on this list as a result.
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1.
Bucharest Express (2004)
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An American journalist, a mysterious Gypsy woman and a bookkeeper with an inside angle try to stay one step ahead of a gang of ruthless killers as they uncover the horrors of the human trafficking of sex slaves in the Balkans.
Director: Chuck Portz
“ Won 1st place in the Feature Films category at the 2004 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
2.
Intervention (2004)
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When a young Italian American couple living in the Bronx in 1968 get over their heads financially, she...
“ Won 2nd place in the Feature Films category at the 2004 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
3.
The King of Iron Town (2004)
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Having just turned thirty years old, former high school star athlete TYLER WELLS is having trouble settling into his comfortable... (90 mins.)
Director: Mickey Fisher
“ Won 3rd place in the Feature Films Category at the 2004 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
4.
Containment: Life After Three Mile Island (2004 Documentary)
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Containment: Life After Three Mile Island examines the legacy of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident... (60 mins.)
“ Won Best Documentary at the 2004 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
5.
Fault (2004 Short Film)
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A disturbing and darkly comic short film about a rich American boy who attacks his tennis instructor. (15 mins.)
Director: Justin Swibel
“ Won Best Short Film at the 2004 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
6.
Beneath the Mask: Portrait of an American Ninja (2005 Video)
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His boss just fired him because he lacks the skills to make a burrito. His girlfriend thinks he's a big-time loser... (71 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2005 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
7.
Rookie Bookie (2005)
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"Rookie Bookie" is a story of greed combined with opportunity. Joe Turner is a struggling pharmaceutical... (107 mins.)
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2005 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
8.
Repetition (2005)
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(83 mins.)
Director: Dennis Burkley
“ Won 3rd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2005 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
9.
A Forest Returns (2005 Documentary)
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Reporter Ora Anderson relates how the Civilian Conservation Corps created Ohio's Wayne National Forest. (29 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Documentary category at the 2005 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
10.
Monster Road (2004 Documentary)
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Monster Road explores the wildly fantastic worlds of legendary underground clay animator Bruce Bickford... (80 mins.)
Director: Brett Ingram
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Documentary category at the 2005 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
11.
The Empty Building (2004 Short Film)
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(40 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Short Film category at the 2005 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
12.
Buoi chieu (2005 Short Film)
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A lost spirit returns home for a visit on a rainy afternoon. Drawn by the grief of her husband and a longing for the vestiges of physical sensation, the spirit of the family matriarch comes calling. (10 mins.)
Director: Kim Spurlock
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Short Film category at the 2005 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
13.
Marcus (2006)
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A troubled young man returns home for Christmas in an attempt to reconcile with his estranged sister. Her alleged boyfriend shows up and turns the holiday dinner into a dark, disturbing night of violence and terror. (75 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2006 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
14.
Cross Eyed (2006)
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Nothing and no one in Ernie's life wants him to be a writer. Not his boss, not his roommates, not even the neighborhood meter maid... (96 mins.)
Director: Adam Jones
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2006 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
15.
Bigfoot (2006 Video)
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In a place, where man and nature have co-existed for years. Man has finally overstepped his bounds and nature is fighting back. (87 mins.)
Director: Bob Gray
“ Won 3rd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2006 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
16.
American Chain Gang (1999 Documentary)
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Director Xackery Irving's award-winning documentary American Chain Gang profiles the experiences of... (56 mins.)
Director: Xackery Irving
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Documentary category at the 2006 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
17.
Forgotten Stars: The Jerry and Delbert Story (2005)
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What happens when a wise-cracking vent figure teams up with a shy boy with a love of puppets? You get FORGOTTEN STARS... (50 mins.)
Director: Richard Keel
“ Won a tied award in the Best Short Film category at the 2006 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
18.
Uta (2005 Short Film)
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An elderly German woman faces her troubled past in order to prevent a young boy from repeating her mistakes. This is a story about the complexities of reconciliation and people's ability to forgive. (13 mins.)
Director: Kim Spurlock
“ Won a tied award in the Best Short Film category at the 2006 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
19.
Two Tickets to Paradise (2006)
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Three guys on the verge of forty begin to realize all the best things in their lives happened before they were twenty. A spontaneous road trip adventure gives them a chance to balance the ledger. (90 mins.)
Director: D.B. Sweeney
“ Won the Governor's Golden Appy at the 2007 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
20.
Simple Things (2007)
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In order to secure the position of Head of Pediatrics at a top Chicago hospital, a young, highly accomplished... (102 mins.)
Director: Andrew C. Erin
“ Won 1st place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2007 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
21.
Glorious Mail (2005)
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A Jewish filmmaker from New York travels to the small town of Sinnaville, Mississippi for a week to... (85 mins.)
Director: J.D. Evermore
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2007 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
22.
Bernee (2008)
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A waitress and her adventures raising a daughter as a single mother in a small town, juggling plates, culture shock, coming of age, synthetic marijuana, and lesbians while trying to pay the electric bill before the lights go out. (99 mins.)
“ Won 3rd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2007 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
23.
Iron City Blues (2008 Documentary)
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For years, urban legends have warned about an isolated Southern town where the locals ran-off their police department and outsiders fear to tread... (52 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Documentary category at the 2007 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
24.
Willow Garden (2006 Short Film)
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In 1740s Northern Ireland, a young man becomes ensnared in a deadly love triangle and must decide whether... (44 mins.)
“ Won Best Short Film at the 2007 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
25.
Joy (2007 Short Film)
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Based on the true story of a 16 year old track star Aylen, JOY follows the runner as she loses her innocence being surrounded by teenage sex... (40 mins.)
Director: Joe Ensley
“ Won the Best Young Filmmaker award at the 2007 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
26.
Tattered Angel (2007)
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No matter how hard you run from the past, it has a way of catching up with you. No one knows this better than 38 year-old Vince... (95 mins.)
Director: Will Benson
“ Won 1st place in the Best Features category at the 2008 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
27.
Grilling Bobby Hicks (2009)
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In a small, sleepy Georgia town, Bobby Hicks rules the roost, until he is found grilled to death on his still-warm barbecue smoker... (87 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wood
“ Won 3rd place in the Best Features category at the 2008 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
28.
Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund (2007 Documentary)
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Change Comes Knocking is the tumultuous story of a bi-racial anti-poverty organization, called the North... (59 mins.)
Director: Rebecca Cerese
“ Won 1st place in the Best Documentary category at the 2008 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
29.
Mountaintop Removal (2007 Documentary)
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Hard-hitting documentary on the effects of the radical and environmentally disastrous form of coal mining known as "Mountaintop removal." (74 mins.)
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Documentary category at the 2008 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
30.
Joe Mover (2008 Short Film)
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Director: Gabe Fazio, Lev Gorn
“ Won Best Short Film at the 2008 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
31.
Anthropophobia (2008 Short Film)
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Jim is a young man suffering from a common fear: fear of people. When Jim suffers from a fear-induced panic attack, neither he nor anyone else can keep his mind grounded in reality. (10 mins.)
Director: Zachary Groff
“ Won the Best Young Filmmaker award at the 2008 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
32.
Bronx Paradise (2010)
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Wayne Gurman's life story. Follow him as he tears through the mean streets of the Bronx. Losing friends, making enemies and fighting against the odds to find Paradise. (92 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
33.
Target Practice (2008)
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5 friends on a fishing trip discover a hidden training camp for homegrown terrorists. (97 mins.)
Director: Richmond Riedel
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
34.
Teen-Aged (2008)
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Michael Wilson was always afraid of being who he wanted to be. At 17, when Michael finds himself in a hospital after a car accident... (76 mins.)
“ Won 3rd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
35.
David Hostetler: The Last Dance (2008 Documentary)
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After 80 years, world-renowned artist David Hostetler reflects on a life and career filled with more... (68 mins.)
Director: Casey Hayward
“ Won 1st place in the Best Documentary category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
36.
Bonecrusher (2009 Documentary)
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In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a young coal miner toils a mile underground. Despite the harsh working conditions... (72 mins.)
Director: Mike Fountain
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Documentary category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
37.
Open Air (2009 Short Film)
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Under the watchful eye of a hidden sniper, two women attempt some form of normality in their everyday lives, knowing one misstep would mean immediate death. (12 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Short Film category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
38.
The Dying Western (2009 Short Film)
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In The Dying Western, Howard obsessively pursues his dreams to be the next John Wayne, but has only... (32 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Young Filmmaker category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
39.
Canines (2008 Documentary)
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(11 mins.)
Director: Blake Pruitt
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Young Filmmaker category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
40.
Null (2009 Short Film)
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The character in this surrealist short film takes a medicine called "Null" that has very existential adverse effects. (5 mins.)
“ Won 2nd place in the Micro-Film category at the 2009 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
41.
The Crimson Mask (2009)
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Two desperate men find themselves unwitting pawns in an ancient ritual.
Director: Elias Plagianos
“ Won 1st place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
42.
Passenger Pigeons (2010)
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Set among the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky, 'Passenger Pigeons' is a story about finding hope and beauty in the dark hills of Appalachia... (107 mins.)
Director: Martha Stephens
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
43.
Maxwell Stein (2009 Video)
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A Washed up Filmmaker from the Silent Era needs a new camera for his final project, his first talkie... (119 mins.)
“ Won 3rd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
44.
Dirty Business (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary about the myth of clean coal. The film reveals the true, hidden environmental and social... (89 mins.)
Director: Peter Bull
“ Won 1st place in the Best Documentary category at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
45.
The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya (2009 Documentary)
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Follows two Virginia musicians, who travel to Nepal to explore the extraordinary connections between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music. (57 mins.)
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Documentary category at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
46.
Fire in the Mountains (2009 Documentary)
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Fire In The Mountains documents a independent wrestling organization in Appalachian Kentucky. Showing... (22 mins.)
“ Won Best Short Film at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
47.
Down in Number 5 (2009 Short Film)
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Southern Gothic tale of a coal miner pushed to his limits for the love of his son. (18 mins.)
Director: Kim Spurlock
“ Won People's Choice Short at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
48.
Appalachian Dreams (2009 Short Film)
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An old clog dancer retires to bed, but his shoes keep on clogging. (4 mins.)
Director: David Donar
“ Won the Micro-Film award at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
49.
September (2010 Short Film)
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Jonathan Granger, a small town North Carolina native, finds his world crumbling as the factory where he's worked for decades closes. (22 mins.)
Director: Tim Hall
“ Won the Best Young Filmmaker award at the 2010 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
50.
Working It Out (2010)
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Dustin seems to be living the happy life of a swinging NYC bachelor. By day, he works as a personal trainer... (85 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2011 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
51.
Morning Funeral (2010)
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Scott is a post-suicidal young man who takes a job selling caskets. (88 mins.)
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Feature Films category at the 2011 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
52.
The Human War (2011)
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On the eve of the Iraq War, teenager Mark Swift dreams of escape from the realities of his lower-class existence in Youngstown, Ohio, and the fear and bewilderment of a society at war. (76 mins.)
“ Won 3rd place in the Best feature Films category at the 2011 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
53.
On Coal River (2010 Documentary)
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Shot over a five year period, ON COAL RIVER follows the transformation of four remarkable individuals as they fight for the valley they love and for future generations making dramatic changes against all odds. (82 mins.)
“ Won 1st place in the Best Documentary category at the 2011 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
54.
China: The Rebirth of an Empire (2010 Documentary)
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Peaceful rise or potential threat: What does China's 21st century re-emergence as a great world power mean for the rest of us? (86 mins.)
“ Won 2nd place in the Best Documentary category at the 2011 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
55.
The Goat. (2008 Short Film)
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Chuck and Dawn are grad students and aspiring writers. They've been aspiring so long it's hard to remember why they started... (29 mins.)
Director: Jack Bennett
“ Won Best Short Film at the 2011 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge
 
56.
The Lawyer (2010 Short Film)
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An elderly woman named Mary is visited early one morning by a strange man wearing a suit. He insists on seeing her despite her suspicion of him. (7 mins.)
Director: Eric Widing
“ Won the Best Young Filmmaker Award at the 2011 ceremony. ” - FrankBooth_DeLarge