Provincetown Film Fest 2017: Awards for Narratives and Documentaries

The 19th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival concluded Sunday, with the HBO Audience Awards going, for narrative feature, to Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s Little Pink House, and for documentary, to I Am Evidence, directed by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir.

Based on a true story, Little Pink House stars Catherine Keener as a nurse who leads her neighbors in a struggle to save their homes in working-class Connecticut from political and corporate interests trying to seize residential land and turn it over to Pfizer.

I Am Evidence investigates the alarming backlog of untested rape kits in the U.S., exposing disturbing patterns in the handling of sexual assault cases by law enforcement.

The John Schlesinger Awards for first-time narrative filmmaker wetn to Dave McCary’s Brisgby Bear, about a man raised in a bunker who sets out to recreate his favorite childhood TV series, and for documentary to Suzanne Bartsch: On Top, a portrait of the veteran New York City party promoter by Anthony & Alex.

The 2016 Filmmaker on the Edge Award was presented to Sofia Coppola, whose Cannes Fest winning Western, The Beguiled, screened here just days before going into release June 23.

This year’s Excellence in Acting Award went to Chloe Sevigny, and the Next Wave Award for an emerging risk-taker was given to Aubrey Plaza, whose indie comedy, Ingrid Goes West, served as closing night.

The 20th edition of the Provincetown Film Fest will take place June 13-17, 2018.