Dreamland takes "Best of Documentary Feature at Indy Film Fest

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Mark Twain documentary and 8 more movies will be screened in ‘best of the fest’ marathon

by David Lindquist

The 14th annual Indy Film Fest distributed awards Saturday night at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where Tibetan story "Pawo" was named grand jury winner and best international feature.

"Signature Move" collected top honors for U.S. feature, and "Dreamland: Mark Twain's Journey to Jerusalem" was selected as best documentary feature.

Directed by Marvin Litwak, "Pawo" focuses on a Tibetan refugee who flees persecution from Chinese authorities to live in India.

"Pawo" and other Indy Film Fest winners will be screened July 23 at the museum, 4000 N. Michigan Road, as part of a "best of the fest" marathon.

The July 23 times for "Pawo" are 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"Signature Move," a love story set against the backdrop of lucha libre wrestling, will be screened at 11:30 and 1:45.

"Dreamland," which includes the only existing moving pictures of Twain and the first footage ever shot in Jerusalem, will be screened at 4:30.

The festival awarded the 2017 Year of Vonnegut Common Decency Prize — a one-time only honor related to late Indianapolis author Kurt Vonnegut — to Israel-based story "The Transfer," which will be seen at 11:30 a.m. on July 23.

In short-film categories, "Nicole's Cage" (11 a.m.), "New Neighbors" (11:30 a.m.), "Monday" (1:45 p.m.) and "Girl-Hearted" (4:30 p.m.) won awards.

The Indianapolis winners of this year's 48 Hour Film Project will be screened at 2:15 p.m. 

For more information, visit IndyFilmFest.org.