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DIFF 2015 Silver Heart Award Nominees

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The Silver Heart Award presented by the Embrey Family Foundation honors a film for its dedication to fighting injustices and/or creating social change for the improvement of humanity. The winner of the Silver Heart Award  receives a $10,000 cash prize from the Embrey Family Foundation.

The 2015 Silver Heart Award nominees include a list of thought-provoking films with diverse settings and subject matter ranging from Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in the 1960s to an online flirtation that leads one young woman on a journey across multiple continents.

THE AMINA PROFILE

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A typical online flirtation between two strangers becomes a case of shocking international intrigue. Filmmaker Sophie Desraspe creates a hypersexualized tableau and follows Sandra from Montreal to Istanbul to Tel Aviv to Chicago to reconstruct and unravel a fascinating love story-cum-political thriller AMINA is truly a tale of our times—one that starts and is solved via the Internet—and brings into question the ethics, accountability, and very human consequences surrounding it.

CARTEL LAND

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When your government cannot provide basic safety from murderous organized criminals, is it acceptable to take the law into your own hands to protect your family, your land, and your country? That is the question at the heart of CARTEL LAND, a powerfully visceral journey of two modern-day vigilante movements. Brilliant, dangerous, and provocative, this documentary is a chilling meditation on the breakdown of order and the borderline where life trumps law.

DO I SOUND GAY?

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Uncomfortable with sounding “too gay,” journalist and filmmaker David Thorpe meets with a speech pathologist to discover his true voice. What began as a personal journey quickly became a larger examination of sexuality and identity. A witty and insightful documentary, DO I SOUND GAY?, reminds us that being comfortable and authentic in your own voice—no matter how it sounds—is ultimately what’s most important.

FRAME BY FRAME

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During the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan, photography was banned and cherished images were destroyed. When the regime fell from power in 2001, free media emerged and a photography revolution was born. Today, the future of journalism in Afghanistan is still fragile as the country faces uncertainty. FRAME BY FRAME beautifully captures this major cultural moment in Afghanistan’s history through the stories of photojournalists risking their lives to capture the truth with their lenses.

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED

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MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world and exploring compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about “school” will never be the same.

THE GUY WITH THE KNIFE

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This complicated tale begins with 17-year old Jon Buice being sentenced to 45 years in prison for a murder in Houston’s gay district. During his incarceration, he takes every opportunity to express remorse and prepare for societal re-entry. Buice’s release is rescinded at the last minute and to this day his lawyer has still never seen his client’s parole file. Is this an appropriate sentence for a crime or a total travesty of justice?

THE LOOK OF SILENCE

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Joshua Oppenheimer follows his seminal 2012 documentary THE ACT OF KILLING, about Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in the 1960s, with this searing companion piece. Here the focus shifts from the perpetrators to their victims, who decades later seek closure for family members.

WELCOME TO LEIGH

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In WELCOME TO LEITH directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker document how notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb moved to Leith in attempt to take over the local government. The complexities of the scene are fascinating and unsettling – Cobb’s plan was all done legally and he is afforded certain protections under law. Tensions quickly rise within the community as Cobb’s behavior becomes more threatening.

The Silver Heart Award winner will be announced on Friday, April 17 at the 2015 DFS Honors.


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DALLAS STAR AWARDS

L.M. Kit Carson (Posthumously)
Lone Star State legend and influential writer, actor and producer Carson first gained recognition as creator of the mockumentary, DAVID HOLZMAN’s DIARY (1968), and co-wrote PARIS, TEXAS (1984).

Blythe Danner
Danner is well regarded for her roles in films such as MEET THE PARENTS and THE GREAT SANTINI. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress is alos know for her work on television shows such as Will & Grace and Huff.

John Landis
A director for more than 40 years, Landis' films include NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1980), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1978) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

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TEXAS AVERY AWARD
Presented by REEL FX

Phil Lord and Chris Miller
are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including, THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 & 22 JUMP STREET and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

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