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"I Woke Up Early the Day I Died" Takes Top Honors At the B-Movie Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Aug 28, 2000 at 02:00 AM
SYRACUSE, NY -- August 28, 2000 -- "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died," an all-star dialogue-free comedy based on an unproduced screenplay by the notorious Edward D. Wood Jr., won top honors at the award ceremonies for the second annual B-Movie Film Festival, held in Syracuse, NY. The film captured six B-Movie Awards including Best B-Movie and Best Director for first-time filmmaker Aris Iliopolous.
Billy Zane won the festival's Best Actor honors for his role as the deranged thief with an acute sonic disability in "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died," while co-star Christina Ricci received the Best Star Cameo Award for her brief appearance in the film as an underage prostitute. "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died" also captured the festival's awards for Best Soundtrack and Best Set Design.
Karin Viard was received the B-Movie Award for Best Actress as the Parisian hedonist obsessed with a married socialist in the French drama "The New Eve." David Ari was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the suburban coming-of-age drama "Climax" and Brooke Balderson was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in the dark cheerleading comedy "Pep Squad," which also received the Best Screenplay Award for Steve Balderson.
Three Japanese films were also cited: "Remembering the Cosmos Flower," a drama on a village's negative reaction to the arrival of a teenager with AIDS, was named Best Foreign-Language Film, while "Perfect Blue," a hallucinatory anime production about an emotionally haunted actress, was named Best Animated Feature and "Memories of the Soil," a non-fiction feature on artists who create original sculptures with dirt and sand, was voted Best Documentary.
The experimental thriller "Ice From the Sun" won three awards for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Villain in the form of DJ Vivona's interpretation of supernatural force known as The Presence. "Blackwoods Evil" won the Best Make-Up Prize, while the Best Animated Short Award was presented to the stop-action creation "More." A tie for Best Short Subject was shared by "Scalp" and "The Smoking."
The B-Movie Film Festival was produced by Sub Rosa Studios, a leading distributor of independent films and videos.
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