'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' sweeps Sundance Awards; director says film celebrates father



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This photo provided by courtesy of the Sundance Institute shows, RJ Cyler, left, and Thomas Mann, in a scene from the film, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The movie is included in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, Chung Hoon Chung)


PARK CITY, Utah — Sundance breakout "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.

Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler and Olivia Cooke lead the cast of the idiosyncratic tearjerker from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who dedicated the audience award to all the filmmakers and artists in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon also star.

"My love goes out to the entire cast and crew," Gomez-Rejon said. "This movie was about processing loss, but really to celebrate a beautiful life and a beautiful man, which is my amazing father ... to celebrate his life through humor."

"The Wolfpack," Crystal Moselle's documentary about six movie-loving teenage boys isolated from society picked up the grand jury prize for best documentary.

"I stalked these kids on the street one day and here I am," Moselle said.

Comedian Tig Notaro, whose documentary "Tig" premiered at the Festival, hosted the ceremony. She also told the audience that she used to volunteer at the Festival in the mid-'90s.

The 31st Sundance Film Festival wraps on Sunday.

Other winners Saturday:

— U.S. drama, grand jury prize: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"

— U.S. drama, audience award: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"

— U.S. drama, directing: "The Witch," Robert Eggers

— U.S. drama, special jury award for cinematography: "Diary of a Teenage Girl," Brandon Trost

— U.S. drama, special jury award for collaborative vision: "Advantageous"

— U.S. drama, special jury award for editing: "Dope," Lee Haugen

— U.S. documentary, grand jury prize: "The Wolfpack"

— U.S. documentary, audience award: "Meru"

— U.S. documentary, directing: "Cartel Land," Matthew Heineman

— U.S. documentary, special jury award for social impact: "3 1/2 Minutes"

— U.S. documentary, special jury award for verite filmmaking: "Western"

— U.S. documentary, special jury award for cinematography: "Cartel Land," Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll

— U.S. documentary, special jury award for breakout first feature: "(T)error"

— Alfred P. Sloan feature film prize: "The Stanford Prison Experiment"

— Waldo Salt screenwriting award: "The Stanford Prison Experiment," Tim Talbott

— World cinema drama, grand jury prize: "Slow West"

— World cinema drama, audience award: "Umrika"

— World cinema drama, directing: "The Summer of Sangaile," Alante Kavaite

— World cinema drama, special jury award for cinematography: "Partisan," Germain McMicking

— World cinema drama, special jury award for acting: "The Second Mother," Regina Case and Camila Mardila

— World cinema drama, special jury award for acting: "Glassland," Jack Reynor

— World cinema documentary, grand jury prize: "The Russian Woodpecker"

— World cinema documentary, audience award: "Dark Horse"

— World cinema documentary, directing: "Dreamcatcher," Kim Longinotto

— World cinema documentary, special jury award for unparalleled access: "The Chinese Mayor"

— World cinema documentary, special jury award for impact: "Pervert Park"

— World cinema documentary, special jury award for editing: "How to Change the World," Jim Scott


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