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The votes are in! This year's Heineken Audience Award has been a thriller of a competition. The standings were hotly contested, changing by the minute and by the screening, with a variety of docs (Monica & David, The Two Escobars, The Woodmans) and narratives (When We Leave and Loose Cannons) battling it out.
But now we officially have the winner: RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage!
Congratulatious to directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn and their talented cast and crew, who also won a $25,000 prize from Heineken. Second Place went to family favorite Snowmen, and coming up in Third Place is the New York doc Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy. Together, these three films make for a diverse, enlightening trio.
Check out the final top 10 list—what almost made the cut?
All winning films will screen at the Village East Cinemas on Sunday, May 2. Click here for all award screenings. Make it a marathon!
A list of the three Award Winners follows.
TFF 2010 Heineken Audience Award Winner
RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage
For fans and newcomers to the legendary Canadian band Rush, this is the music documentary to experience. Directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn embark on a comprehensive exploration of this extraordinary power trio, from their early days in Toronto, through each of their landmark albums, to the present day. Sit back and revel in the words, music, and wonder of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.
Faces of the Festival: Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen
The directors of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage sat down the day of the world premiere of their documentary to discuss diving into the world of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.
Rush Fans Wait in Rush Line to See Rush Doc
Meet father and son duo Mike and Chris Wilson, the two biggest Rush fans we know.
TFF 2010 Audience Award: Second Place
This fun, warmhearted film for the whole family follows the adventures of 10-year-old Billy and his misfit friends as they hatch a scheme to set a Guinness World Record. Along their journey of self-discovery, the boys conquer neighborhood bullies, unite a community, and discover that the only lasting legacy is friendship. With Bobby Coleman, Josh Flitter, Ray Liotta, and Christopher Lloyd. Suitable for ages 8 and up.
Faces of the Festival: Robert Kirbyson
Meet Robert Kirbyson, director of the TFF 2010 family film Snowmen, a sweet movie that is one of the few TFF 2010 films perfect for families!
Sun, May 02, 2:30PM
Sun, May 02, 5:30PM
TFF 2010 Audience Award: Third Place
Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy
A joyously uplifting celebration of the creative process and the inventive, outrageous downtown art scene of New York from the past 30 years, Arias with a Twist focuses its lens on the inspired collaboration between cabaret and drag artist Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist, whose groundbreaking 2008 show brought them some of the biggest success of their careers. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Andy Warhol, Jim Henson, Keith Haring, Grace Jones, and Divine.
Sun, May 02, 6:45PM
Sun, May 02, 9:45PM
Congratulations to all the winners! Hope to see you on Sunday...