"Wow. Lucky number 13, I guess? Kind of at a loss for words here," stumbled Denver-based filmmaker Josh Berman of Level 1 Productions, accepting the prize for Best Movie last night at the 2013 Powder Awards in Park City on opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. "To actually spend the last twelve years watching the movie producers that I grew up with being inspired by taking all the prizes, it's kind of mind-blowing to be up here."
Sunny is Berman's thirteenth film for Level 1 Productions in as many years -- but his first to win top honors at the annual Powder Awards ceremony, presented by Powder Magazine. The film, which Berman co-directed with Kyle Decker, beat out The Eighty Six, from Boulder-based Stept Productions; The Dream Factory from Teton Gravity Research; and Few Words, from Process Films. Sunny -- edited by Decker, Berman and Freedle Coty -- also won in the Best Editing category.
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"Huge thanks to Powder," Berman said from the stage, barely able to believe his decidedly new-school film had won the most prestigious of old-school ski movie prizes. "Thanks and props because more than 50 percent of this movie was actually filmed off the mountain and in the streets... so very cool to see skiing going in that direction and getting some recognition for that kind of stuff."
Speaking of new-school, Stept Productions won Best Jib for Clayton Villa's part in The Eighty Six, the studio's first-ever Powder Award.
Crested Butte-based Matchstick Productions took home Best Female Performance honors for Michelle Parker's part in the studio's twentieth anniversary film, Superheroes of Stoke, and Best Line for Eric Hjorleifson's closing segment. Rounding out the prizes collected by the Colorado contingent, Corey Felton and Topher Plimpton won Best P.O.V. honors for their dual descent in Because from Two Plank Productions, marking the Crested Butte-based studio's first Powder Award.
For the full list of 2013 Powder Awards results, visit www.Powdermag.com/Powder-Awards/2013-award-winners/.
Here's an extended remix edit from Sunny that was released in December:
"This is something to cross off the bucket list for sure," Berman said, closing out his acceptance speech. "I'm honored and flattered with so many amazing movies out there."
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