The Winners for the 2009 Tupelo Film Festival are listed below.

MS High School Film Competition Award

Paint & Blur
Student – Brock Hanson, Starkville High School
A puzzled security guard unwraps the secret to his own unconsciousness when he discovers that he is dealing with an experienced thief. Just when you think this thief is caught in the act, think again.

Best Young Filmmaker Award

Treasure Diversity
Producer, Director, Writer – Drew Goldsmith
“It’s not being normal that is important – it’s learning to accept being different.” Through interviews with autistics, the film explores what happens when any group is labeled as inferior.

Best Student Award

The Last Page
Director – Kevin Acevedo
Writers, Kevin Acevedo, Matt Akey
Producer, Matt Akey
with: Andrew Burlinson, Emily Rose, Mark DeCarlo, MeKenna Melvin, Megan Cavanagh, Michael Rivkin
While attempting to overcome writer’s block and find the perfect last line, Jason Adams is propelled into a series of bizarre and comedic situations.

Best Animation Award

The Cave: An adaptation of Plato’s Allegory in Clay
Executive Producer – Timothy Schultz
Producer, Director, Writer – Michael Ramsey
with: Animator – John Grigsby
An excerpt from Plato’s republic, the “Allegory of the Cave” is a classic commentary on the human condition – adapted and brought to life by shooting over 4,000 still photographs of John Grigsby’s claymation.

Best Music Video Award

You’re Not Listening
Co-Directors – Cherlyn Lytle, Padraic Culham
With: Heather Moody, Rob Giles
Original Music: Rob Giles
A man struggles to repair his malfunctioning robot girlfriend, never suspecting the true cause of the problem.

Short

1st Place: Interpretation
Director, Writer, Producer – Lin Oeding
A romantic couple’s brief encounter with several philosophical thugs unfolds in an unusual way.

2nd Place: Silent Treatment
Director, Writer – Jonathan Rothell
Producers – Butch Porter, Jonathan Rothell, Red Vanderkuy
with: Cervantes Reck, Don Hooper, Michelle Loridans
A short comedy about life without sound.

Documentary

1st Place: Who Does She Think She Is?
Producers – Heidi Reinberg, Kerthy Fix, Michelle Seligson, Pamela Boll
Director, Writer – Pamela Boll
In a half-changed world women often feel they need to choose. This documentary features five bold women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time; parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art.

2nd Place: MS Drug War Blues
Executive Producer – Drew Carey
Associate Producers – Nick Gillespie, David Nott, P.F. Bentley, Ted Balaker
Writer, Producer – Paul Fine
with: Drew Carey
This documentary chronicles the war on drugs and the flaws and criminal justice system.

Feature

1st Place: Pants on Fire
Producer/Director – Colin Campbell
Producers – Gail Lerner, Pete Lebow
Writer – Lee Kirk
with: Brent Sexton, Efren Ramirez, Evan Jones, Heather Ankeny, Jenna Fischer, Joe Sikora, Lee Kirk, Rusty Schwimmer, Sam Lloyd
A struggling actor’s tall tales of fame and fortune are suddenly challenged when his hometown buddies make a surprise visit to Hollywood. His lies begin to unravel, threatening everything he cares about. Language

2nd Place: The Twenty
Director, Producer – Chopper Bernet
Writer – Walter Spring
with: Chopper Bernet, Clancy Brown, John Wesley, Laraine Newman, Laura Jordan, Lisa Darr, Rodney Scott, Stephanie Niznik
Carty has a new baby, a tense marriage and four months of fragile sobriety. When he discovers a twenty dollar bill with a message written on it, an obsession begins. Will it free him or destroy him?

Made in Mississippi Award

M for Mississippi
Producer, Directors – Damien Blaylock, Jeff Konkel, Roger Stolle
Co-Producer – Kari Jones
With: “Cadillac” John Nolden, Foster “Mr Tater” Wiley, James “T-Model” Ford, Jeff Konkel, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Kari Jones, L.C. Ulmer, Pat Thomas, R.L. Boyce, Robert “Billbo” Walker, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Roger Stolle, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, The Mississippi Marvel, Wesley “Junebug” Jefferson
An exploration of the thriving underbelly of a dying American art form. This spirited journey through the Birthplace of the Blues captures the “real deal” in its authentic setting – the juke joints, the front yards and the cotton fields of Mississippi.

The Ron Tibbett Award

Who Does She Think She Is?
Producers – Heidi Reinberg, Kerthy Fix, Michelle Seligson, Pamela Boll
Director, Writer – Pamela Boll
In a half-changed world women often feel they need to choose. This documentary features five bold women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time; parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art.