by Kate Whittle
This year's winners of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival have just been announced, and this weekend, you'll get a chance to catch or re-watch all of them.
Some Indy staffers aren't surprised to see that the heavy-yet-inspirational Blood Brother, which focuses on HIV-infected orphans in India, took the top prize for Best Feature.
Not Yet Begun to Fight, which follows a retired Marine as he teaches fly fishing in Montana to wounded veterans, earned the 2013 Big Sky Award for best film depicting the American West.
As for shorts, Best Mini Documentary goes to the nine-minute Amar, about a teenage boy's daily struggles. Best Short Doc goes to Slomo, about a man who quits working as a neurologist to find more meaning.
Other award-winning shorts included Thick Dark Fog, which took the Big Sky Artistic Vision award for showing a Lakota Indian's search for his heritage after a boarding school education took it away.
A press release notes that festival organizers expect to pass last year's attendance of 20,000.
You haven't missed your chance to see the favorites, either, since the festival re-screens winners and favorites, such as Indy-recommended docs like Bad Brains: A Band in D.C. and Central Park Five.
Here's a list of rescreenings:
10 p.m., Wilma 1: “Bad Brains: a Band in DC” (rescreening, 104 min.)
11 a.m., Wilma 2: “Buzkashi” (rescreening, 82 min.)
11:15 a.m., Crystal: “Great Northwest” (rescreening, 70 min.), “Sergeant Dan Edwards” (rescreening, 6
1 p.m., Wilma 2: “Love at a Certain Age” (rescreening, 92 min.)
1:15 p.m., Crystal: “Alien Boy” (rescreening, 91 min.), “Saved by the Birds” (rescreening, 4 min.)
3 p.m., Wilma 2: “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp” (rescreening, 89 min.)
3:15 p.m., Crystal: “Central Park Five” (rescreening, 120 min.)
5 p.m., Wilma 2: “In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey” (rescreening, 58 min.), “Irish
Folk Furniture” (rescreening, 8 min.)
5 p.m., Wilma 1: “Not Yet Begun to Fight” (Big Sky Award, 60 min.), “Amar” (Best Mini Documentary, 10
min.), “Slomo” (Best Short Documentary, 17 min.)
5:15 p.m., Crystal: “The Year of the Living Dead” (rescreening, 76 min.), “The Mercantile”
(rescreening, 16 min.)
7 p.m., Wilma 1: “Blood Brother” (Best Feature Documentary, 105 min.)
9 p.m., Wilma 1: “The Thick Dark Fog” (Big Sky Artistic Vision, 57 min.), “The Words in the Margins”
(Mini Documentary Artistic Vision, 15 min.), “Do Not Duplicate” (Short Artistic Vision, 31 min.)