‘Transpecos,’ ‘Tower,’ ‘Demolition’ Win SXSW Audience Awards

Other awards go to “From Nowhere,” “Mr. Gaga,” “Vice Principals” and “Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke”

Last Updated: March 19, 2016 @ 3:56 PM

The U.S./Mexican border drama “Transpecos,” from director Greg Kwedar, has won the audience award as the best narrative feature at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival, SXSW organizers announced on Saturday.

The film deals with three border patrol agents who decide that a car trying to cross the border is suspicious. It is Austin-based Kwedar’s directorial debut.

Other SXSW audience awards went to Jean-Marc Vallee‘s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who careens out of control after the death of his wife; and Matthew Newton’s “From Nowhere,” which deals with immigration.

In the documentary categories, Keith Maitland’s “Tower,” about sniper shootings at the University of Texas, won the top award to go with the jury prize it won earlier in the week.

The winners:

Narrative feature: “Transpecos,” Greg Kwedar
Documentary feature: “Tower,” Keith Maitland
Headliners: “Demolition,” Jean-Marc Vallee
Narrative Spotlight: “Tower,” Keith Maitland
Documentary Spotlight: “Mr. Gaga,” Tomer Heymann
Visions: “Jules and Dolores,” Caito Ortiz
Midnighters: “I Am a Hero,” Shinsuke Sato
Episodic: “Vice Principals,” Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride
24 Beats Per Second: “Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke,” Brenda Greene Mitchell, Sam Wainwright Douglas
SXGlobal: “Ghostland,” Simon Stadler
Festival Favorites: “Gleason,” Clay Tweel
Excellence in Title Design: “We Are X,” Allison Brownmoore


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