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Mar 20, 14 Ali   Before I Disappear Comments Off on SXSW Film Awards: ‘Cesar Chavez,’ ‘Before I Disappear’ Win Audience Prizes

Variety shares the exciting news that Paul’s new film Before I Disappear won the Narrative Feature Competition award.

Diego Luna’s biopic ”Cesar Chavez” (pictured), Shawn Christensen’s gripping drama “Before I Disappear” and the abortion doc “Vessel” were among SXSW’s big audience award winners on Saturday.

“Vessel,” Diana Whitten’s film about a pro-choice activist, received a special jury recognition for political courage in the documentary competition earlier this week in addition to today’s documentary feature prize.

“Before I Disappear,” which Christensen starred in, wrote and directed based on his Oscar-winning 2012 short film “Curfew,” won in the narrative feature competition, while “Cesar Chavez,” a drama about the titular labor organizer, took the award in the narrative spotlight category.

Prizes were also given in the documentary spotlight (“DamNation”), visions, midnighters, episodic, SXGlobal, festival favorites and design categories. The 24 Beats Per Second category will be announced on Monday following Saturday screenings.

Additional showings have been scheduled on Saturday — the final day of SXSW Film – for all audience award winners.

On Tuesday, the millennial comedy “Fort Tilden” won the narrative feature grand jury prize and the BP oil spill expose “The Great Invisible” nabbed best documentary feature.

This year’s SXSW Film Festival audience award winners:

Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear
Director: Shawn Christensen

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