16 April, 2013

2013 Atlanta Film Festival Audience Award winners

Surya and Rocky Braat star in "Blood Brother"

The Atlanta Film Festival has finally announced the Audience Award winning films and it is no surprise that "Blood Brother"—Steve Hoover's incredibly affecting documentary—takes home the best feature prize. The film is a tribute to Hoover's lifelong friend, Rocky Braat, who moved to India seeking adventure and fulfillment and wound up taking care of HIV positive orphans and getting married. Several films at the ATLFF this year stirred audiences' emotions and tickled their funny bones, but "Blood Brother" certainly ranks among the most powerful of the bunch. The film was produced by Hoover, Leigh Blake, John Carlin and Danny Yourd.

Dehanza Rogers' short film "Sweet, Sweet Country" takes home the Audience Award for best short film. This marks Rogers' debut as both a writer and a director. "Sweet, Sweet Country" was filmed in Atlanta and produced by Rogers, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Autumn Bailey, Shadae Lamar Smith and Doug Turner.

Congratulations to these two very deserving films!

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