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A “Natural Selection” for This Year’s SXSW Biggest Award Winner

A “Natural Selection” for This Year’s SXSW Biggest Award Winner (photo)

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“Natural Selection,” an unusual road trip comedy about a woman who fulfills her dying husband’s wish to find his long estranged son, was the clear winner at this year’s SXSW Film Awards, where it picked up both the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature and audience award, in addition to four other awards for breakthrough performances (Rachael Harris and Matt O’ Leary), best editing and best score. The narrative features jury was led by Roger Ebert, New York magazine’s Logan Hill and Sundance Institute’s Michelle Satter. Evan Ross, awarded for breakthrough performance for his turn in the thriller “96 Minutes,” and “A Year in Mooring” cinematographer Elliot Davis were the only ones honored to keep “Natural Selection” from a clean sweep.

In the documentary category, Tristan Patterson’s coming-of-age documentary “Dragonslayer” took home the top prize and a nod for best cinematography (Eric Koretz) while the more controversial “Kumaré,” about a filmmaker who presents himself as an Eastern guru to conduct an experiment with unsuspecting believers, won the audience award. The full list of winners (and links to see if you can still see them in Austin) is below.

Documentary Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: “Dragonslayer”
Director: Tristan Patterson

Best Editing: “Where Soldiers Come From”
Editors: Kyle Henry & Heather Courtney

Best Cinematography: “Dragonslayer”
Director of Photography: Eric Koretz

Best Score/Music: “The City Dark”
Music by: The Fishermen Three, Ben Fries

Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: “Natural Selection”
Director: Robbie Pickering

Breakthrough Performances:
Evan Ross – “96 Minutes”
Rachael Harris – “Natural Selection”
Matt O’Leary – “Natural Selection”

Best Screenplay: “Natural Selection”
Writer: Robbie Pickering

Best Editing: “Natural Selection”
Editor: Michelle Tesoro

Best Cinematography: “A Year in Mooring”
Director of Photography: Elliot Davis

Best Score/Music: “Natural Selection”
Music by: iZLER, Curt Schneider

Feature Film Audience Awards

Documentary Feature
Winner: “Kumaré”
Director: Vikram Gandhi

Narrative Feature
Winner: “Natural Selection”
Director: Robbie Pickering

Spotlight Premieres
Winner: “Becoming Santa”
Director: Jeff Myers

Emerging Visions
Winner: “Weekend”
Director: Andrew Haigh

Short Film Jury Awards

Narrative Shorts
Winner: “Pioneer”
Director: David Lowery

Documentary Shorts
Winner: “Mothersbane”
Director: Jason Jakaitis

Animated Shorts
Winner: “The Wonder Hospital”
Director: Beomsik Shimbe Shim

Music Videos
Winner: Hollerado, “Americanarama”
Director: Greg Jardin

Texas Shorts
Winner: “8”
Director: Julie Gould & Daniel Laabs

Texas High School Shorts
Winner: “( __ )”
Director: Chad Werner

SXSW Film Design Awards

Excellence in Poster Design
Winner: “Silver Bullets”
Designer: Yann Legendre

Audience Award Winner: “Green”
Designer: Adrian Kolarczyk

Excellence in Title Design
Winner: “Blue Valentine”
Designer: Jim Helton

Audience Award Winner: “Blue Valentine”
Designer: Jim Helton

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW Wholphin Award
Winner: “The Eagleman Stag”
Director: Mikey Please

SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award
Winner: Sophia Takal for “Green”

Louis Black Lone Star Award
Winner: “INCENDIARY: The Willingham Case”
Directors: Steve Mims & Joe Bailey, Jr.

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Presented to: Erin Casper

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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