Another season is in the books and the BWFF organizers want to thank you for your interest in our event.
We want to thank all of the filmmakers and our judges, as well as Golden Mitten recipient Ellen Burstyn.
Congratulations to all of our winners:
2013 BLUE WATER FILM AWARD WINNERS
Billy Jackson Downriver
Benjamin Strack for Abed
Brandon M. Verdi for Downriver
Chris Porter for Vanishing Act
Katie Oliver as Crystal in Downriver
Nick Skardarasy as Alex in Downriver
2013 FILM SELECTION COMMITTEE FAVORITE
Tinisha Brugnone for Downriver
2013 Silver Award winner (3rd Place)
Downriver- Tinisha Brugnone
2013 Gold Award winner (2nd Place)
Abed – Ryan Lieske
2013 Platinum winner (1st place)
The Whistle – Jonathan D’Ambrosio
GOLDEN MITTEN AWARD:
Academy Award-winning actress, Ellen Burstyn appeared at this year’s Blue Water Film Festival as the event’s recipient of the Golden Mitten Award. The award recognizes “an individual from Michigan that has made a significant mark in the arts and entertainment field.”
Burstyn originally hails from Detroit and began her career in theatre during the late 1950s and over the next decade it included several films and television series.
Burstyn’s performance in the acclaimed 1971 ensemble drama “The Last Picture Show” brought her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, after which she moved from supporting to leading film and stage roles. Burstyn received a second Academy Award nomination for her lead performance in “The Exorcist” (1973), and won the Academy Award for Best Actress the following year for her work in Martin Scorsese’s, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”
In 1975, she won the Tony Award for her lead performance in the Broadway production of “Same Time, Next Year,” and received a Golden Globe Award and a fourth Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1978 film version of the play.
Burstyn has worked consistently in film, television and theatre since, receiving multiple awards and nominations along the way, including seven additional Golden Globe Award nominations, five Emmy Award nominations (one win), and two more Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performances in the films “Resurrection” (1980) and “Requiem for a Dream” (2000).
Ellen Burstyn was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the famed Actors Studio where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg.
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