Story by: Jack Foley
A LOW budget sci-fi thriller and a music documentary have won
the top two prizes at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Primer, a film about two men who invent a time travel machine,
took the highly coveted Grand Jury Prize for best drama, while
Dig!, which charts the rivalry of two rock musicians, won best
Speaking after the award was announced, Shane Carruth, who wrote
and directed Primer for a mere $7,000 (£3,800) said he was
His achievement was in stark contrast to director, Ondi Timoner,
who took seven years to complete the documentary, which follows
Anton Newcombe, of cult band the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and
Dandy Warhols frontman, Courtney Taylor.
The awards were announced on Saturday night (January 24, 2004)
and marked the end of the 11-day festival of independent film-making,
in Park City, Utah.
The best director accolade went to Morgan Spurlock, who spent
30 days eating food that was only from McDonald's, and then chronicled
its impact on his body, in Super Size Me.
While the audience award for dramatic films, which is chosen
by Sundance movie-goers, went to Maria Full Of Grace, a Spanish-language
story of a young Columbian woman who becomes a 'mule' for smuggling
heroin into the US.
The film was written and directed by Joshua Marston, and features
Catalina Sanino Moreno in the lead role.
Born Into Brothels, Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski's film about
the children of prostitutes in Calcutta, won the audience prize