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The 6th Annual Festival of Cinema NYC wraps with awards

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The 6th Annual Festival of Cinema NYC wraps 
Its return to in-person screenings with
Filmmaker awards celebration
 
Casey Nelson and Marchelle Thurman’s Black, White and the Greys 
leads winners, taking Best Feature Film Narrative and 
Audience Choice for Best Feature Film
 
Cory Choy (Esme, My Love) wins Best Director, Nate Washburn
(Behind the Wall) gets Breakthrough Male Performance and 
Nicole Stuart (40ish…) takes Breakthrough Female Performance

 

  BLACK WHITE and THE GREYS ESME MY LOVE
BLACK, WHITE AND THE GREYS, ESME, MY LOVE

 
Queens, NY, August 17, 2022 - Festival of Cinema NYC announced this year’s filmmaker award winners at an enthusiastic and emotional celebration at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center as it concluded a very successful in-person presentation for the film festival’s 6th edition. Casey Nelson and Marchelle Thurman’s Black, White and the Greys led the winners, taking both the Best Feature Film Narrative as well as the Audience Choice for Best Feature Film. Top individual awards went to; Cory Choy (Esme, My Lovefor Best Director, Nate Washburn (Behind the Wall) for Breakthrough Male Performance; and Nicole Stuart (40ish…) for Breakthrough Female Performance.
 
FOC NYC showcased over 124 independent films from more than 25 countries, bookended by the Opening Night screening of Black, White and the Greys, and the Closing Night screening of Michael Glover Smith’s Relative, which took home the award for Best Ensemble.
 
Festival of Cinema NYC Founder and Executive Director Jayson Simba, said, “Our film festival, like all festivals, works hard to bring people back to theaters and recapture the excitement of going to the movies again. The fact that this year, attendees from across the five boroughs came out in large numbers to celebrate cinema with filmmakers who flew in from as far away as Iceland, Germany, Japan, and the UK, was incredibly exciting for all of us. That enthusiasm and support was evident - from the Forest Hills Community to the filmmakers all the way through the final award being announced. It became clear that friendships and relationships had been forged throughout the 10 days at our film festival.”
 

THE VOW A FEAST THAT NEVER COMES
THE VOW, A FEAST THAT NEVER COMES

 
Winners in the short film categories included Charles Sweeney’s The Vow (Best Short Film – Narrative); Daniel Merino Villavicencio’s Sweet Pea & Glass (Audience Award – Short Film); Maria Juranic’s A Feast That Never Comes (Best Experimental, Music Video, or Animation); and Patrick Devaney’s Visitation (Best Web/TV Series). Emotions abounded during the acceptance speeches as Villavicencio spoke of volunteering at the film festival its very first year and attending every year after that, Sweeney talked about the validation of the film’s message, and Devaney discussed the difficulties of filming remotely during the pandemic and managing to complete the film even though he never met one of the cast members in person.
 
Additional individual award winners included For I Am Dead, written by Patricia Delso Lucas (Best Screenplay); Into the Colors’ Director of Photography Michael Morales winning Best Cinematography; The Game Called Go Insane’s Jake LeCarner cited for Best Editing; Cookaphony’s Steve Call noted for Best Sound Editing; and Sally’s Phi Russell winning Best Make up. LeCarner’s award capped the first festival experience for the young filmmaker (who also wrote and directed The Game Called Go Insane) and his team, as they made their world premiere at FOC NYC.
 
The 2022 Festival of Cinema NYC was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. It is also supported and made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additionally, the festival is funded in part by the Mosaic Network and Fund in The New York Community Trust, Resorts World Gives, and Yant Tattoo Studios. Other sponsors for the 2022 festival include Regal Cinemas, Final Draft; Soundview Media Partners, and Simple DCP. For more information about the festival, please visit http://www.festivalofcinemanyc.com/.
 

FOC NYC 2022 Filmmaker Awards - Marchelle Thurman 8.14.22 (Photo by Rehana Khan) FOC NYC 2022 Filmmaker Awards - Cory Choy 8.14.22 (Photo by Rehana Khan)
Award-winners Marchelle Thurman (BLACK, WHITE AND THE GREYS), 
Cory Choy (ESME, MY LOVE) (Photos by Rehana Khan)

 
 

2022 FESTIVAL OF CINEMA NYC AWARD WINNERS

 
FEATURE FILMS
 
BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE
Black, White and the Greys
Directors: Casey Nelson & Marchelle Thurman
 
AUDIENCE CHOICE - FEATURE FILM
Black, White and the Greys
Directors: Casey Nelson & Marchelle Thurman
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Finding Courage
Director: Kay Rubacek
 
BEST EXPERIMENTAL, MUSIC VIDEO, OR ANIMATION
A Feast That Never Comes                                                                
Director: Maria Juranic
 
 
SHORT FILMS
 
BEST SHORT FILM – NARRATIVE
The Vow
Director: Charles Sweeney
 
AUDIENCE CHOICE – SHORT FILM
Sweet Pea & Glass                                                                
Director: Daniel Merino Villavicencio
 
BEST WEB/TV SERIES
Visitation - Episode One                                                         
Director: Patrick Devaney
 
 
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
 
BEST DIRECTOR
Cory Choy (Esme, My Love)
 
BREAKTHROUGH MALE PERFORMANCE
Nate Washburn (Behind the Wall)
 
BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Nicole Stuart (40ish…)
 
BEST ENSEMBLE 
Relative                                                                       
Director: Michael Glover Smith
 
BEST SCREENPLAY
For I Am Dead
Writer: Patricia Delso Lucas
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Into the Colors
Director of Photography: Michael Morales
 
BEST EDITING
The Game Called Go Insane                                     
Editor: Jake LeCarner
 
BEST SOUND EDITING
Cookaphony
Sound Design: Steve Call
 
BEST MAKE UP
Sally
Make up: Phil Russell

 

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