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Winners Announced for Lookout Wild Film Festival
The Lookout Wild Film Festival board named the winners of eight awards Friday, including cycling, paddling and surfing films.
The award winners were among 34 outdoor adventure and conservation films shown to 1,400 people at the second annual Lookout Wild Film Festival March 21 to 23 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Centennial Theatre.
“We loved each of the films we were able to share with our audience, so selecting winners was very difficult,” said festival director Andy Johns. “In the end, the real winners were all of us who attended the festival and got to see such incredible films and share such a great experience with hundreds of fellow outdoor and film enthusiasts.”
The winners are:
Best Adventure Sports Film: Sea Of Rock
13 mins, Austria
Harald Philipp & Tom Oehler reveal a story long lost, involving a bicycle hanging in a climbing route at the entrance to a vast mountain range. The story leads us to two guys who almost invented the mountain bike and nearly killed themselves in only one day.
View the film here: http://vimeo.com/52834929
Best Exploration Film: North of the Sun
46 mins, Norway
Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum spent nine months of cold, Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of Northern-Norway, facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean. There they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed up on shore, and ate expired food the stores would otherwise have thrown away. But the boys brought with them two items of utmost importance: Their surfboards - perhaps their biggest motivation for the arctic adventure. Because the remote bay holds a well kept secret — some of the world’s finest surfing waves.
Best Conservation Film: Stand
46 mins, Canada
Stand takes viewers on a journey through the waters of British Columbia's west coast. Under threat by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route is a coastline of immense beauty, pristine ecosystems, and a way of life rich in culture and history. Through the efforts of expedition stand-up paddler Norm Hann, an aboriginal high school class building their own stand-up paddleboards as a form of protest, and the powerful surfing of iconic west coast native Raph Bruhwiler, the diversity of people, landscape and wildlife that would be affected by an oil spill is articulated. STAND takes you to the core of the issue and unfurls the soul of B.C.'s west coast one paddle stroke at a time.
Best Short Film: bike lanes
3 mins, New York
Filmmaker Casey Neistat got a ticket for not riding his bike in a bike lane, then set out to see if it is possible to follow the rules.
View the film here: http://vimeo.com/25037336
Best Feature Film and Audience Choice Award: Congo: The Grand Inga Project
80 mins, Congo
Congo: The Grand Inga Project chronicles the trip of legendary kayaker Steve Fisher and his elite expedition team as they battle seemingly insurmountable obstacles in an attempt to be the first explorers to ever survive the torrential, dirty and vicious Inga Rapids.
Best Documentary: Who Owns Water
48 minutes, Georgia
A documentary film from the front lines of the war over fresh water, in America's deep south. Atlanta, Georgia has been one of the country's fastest growing cities in the last three decades. Today, the city can't exist without its upstream reservoir Lake Lanier, but the downstream users in Alabama, south Georgia and Florida need it too. The problem is, no matter how you cut it, there simply may not be enough fresh water for everyone.
Best Southeastern Film: Outdoor Chattanooga
25 minutes, Tennessee
Chattanooga, once declared the dirtiest city in America, has now turned itself around as a hub of outdoor adventure.
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"BUFFY" ACTOR BUSTED
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An actor who starred in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" says he's sorry for misbehaving at an event in Idaho this past Friday. And Nicholas Brendon says he's off to rehab because of what went down. Brendon was arrested at a Comic-Con event in Boise. Fans were invited to have photos taken with him or get autographs -- for a fee. But police were called after the hotel complained about a disturbance -- and when police came, they say Brendon acted up more. He blames the whole thing on him mixing booze and prescribed pain meds. He calls his actions "embarrassing and unacceptable" -- and he plans to resolve his "medical ailments" and his "emotional demons." He said the physical was a knee cyst but didn't elaborate on the emotional demons.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports an actor who was in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" has some odd nighttime behavior of his own to explain.
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UNDATED (AP) -- Don't know if Lord (LORD) is into baseball. But apparently baseball is into her -- or at least fans of the two teams in the World Series are wrapped up her music. The New Zealand pop star's biggest hit is "Royals" -- and, of course, the Kansas City Royals playing the San Francisco Giants in the series. Two radio stations in San Francisco say they wouldn't play "Royals" while the baseball championship is going on. In response, a station in Kansas City, Missouri said it would play the song every hour most of today. Game One of the series is tonight.
Sound of Lorde performing "Royals."
DR. NANCY SNYDERMAN-EBOLA FALLOUT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dr. Nancy Snyderman may not have caught Ebola. But she is sure catching flak for the way she handled her quarantine after returning to the U.S. from Liberia, where her cameraman contracted the disease. More than a-thousand people have posted notes on her Facebook page, saying she should retire -- or that NBC should fire her as medical correspondent. The reason: Snyderman and members of her crew ducked out from their voluntary quarantine to grab some takeout from a New Jersey restaurant. After she was spotted in public, New Jersey health officials made the quarantine mandatory. NBC hasn't commented on her situation. But many Facebook posters have -- saying they feel Synderman's credibility as a medical pro is shot.
AP Entertainment editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports reaction to Dr. Nancy Snyderman's breaking an Ebola-related quarantine has drawn flak online.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jimmy Fallon says his daughter inspired him to write a book. The "Tonight Show" host has teamed up with Feiwel and Friends for a picture book titled "Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada." The book is due out in June. By the way, Fallon's daughter Winnie Rose has spoken her first word. It was "Mama."
MONICA LEWINSKY-INTERNET BULLYING
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Internet was a relative newbie when Monica Lewinsky first was burned into the national consciousness. And she says she considers herself the first person whose character was nearly killed by what was written about her online. Now, the former White House intern whose trysts with Bill Clinton nearly ended his presidency says she was "patient zero" when it came to cyberbullying. Lewinsky is now 41 -- and says there needs to be a cultural revolution to end what she calls the "compassion deficit" that feeds online hostility.
CARMEL, Calif. (AP) -- Part of old-school actress Joan Fontaine's estate is going to the dogs. Not to mention the cats, horses and other animals in need of help. The Monterey County Herald of California reports proceeds from the estate sale will go to the local SPCA. We aren't talking chicken scratch here. The executor of Fontaine's estate says her home in Carmel, California could be worth up to $3 million. Fontaine died last December at age 96.
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