Pasadena, 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 speech.

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," and "Manic."

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 Director Awards.

"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 Welles).
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