FEST ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS
April 22, 2002-- The 4th annual Method Fest independent
film festival came to a close on Friday, April 19, with
the awarding of statuettes at the Travis Auditorium
at Fuller College. The guests were treated to a pre-awards
reception in the courtyard of Pasadena's Pacific Asia
Museum before the ceremony which began at 8 pm. The
evening's hosts Steve Huntsman and Susan Davis presented
the jury and audience awards to the festival's winners.
The evening began with the awarding of the Lifetime
Achievement Award to veteran actor Rod Steiger. Steiger
was introduced by his wife, actress Joan Benedict. Steiger,
whose achievements include an Oscar for his performance
in "In the Heat of the Night" and Academy
Award nominations for "The Pawnbroker" and
"On the Waterfront" gave a spirited acceptance
Katy Wallin of the Casting Society of America bestowed
the first ever "Heart of Performance" award
to casting director Mali Finn. Finn's career includes
casting for box office hits "Titanic," "Terminator
2: Judgment Day," "The Matrix," and indies
such as "The King is Alive," "Tigerland,"
The big winners of the evening were features "Sunday"
and "X-Patriots" and the short film "Falsehood."
"Sunday," based on historical events of the
1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Londonderry, Ireland
and the ensuing trial won the Best Picture and Best
"X-Patriots," which tells the story of a black
writer living in The Netherlands took home the Best
Screenplay, Best Ensemble Cast, and Maverick awards.
"Falsehood," a dark fairytale in which defense
attorney Little Bo Peep must defend the Big Bad Wolf
in the Red Riding Hood rape trial won the Best Student
Film, Best Writer/Director and Best Actress Award (Anne