Fred Durst has always been a popular singer. Who knew the Limp Bizkit frontman could also direct?
Durst was among the big winners at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where his flick “The Education of Charlie Banks” took home the Made in NY narrative prize, given to the best film either about or shot in New York state. “The Education of Charlie Banks” follows three New Yorkers, played by Chris Marquette, Jason Ritter and Jesse Eisenberg, who reunite at Vassar College after a turbulent youth (see “Fred Durst: The Next Martin Scorsese?” ).
According to a festival spokesperson, Durst’s flick beat out 14 other films for the prize and was chosen by a jury that included Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl and actress Minnie Driver.
Director David Volach’s “My Father My Lord” took home the award for Best Narrative Feature while Alex Gibey’s “Taxi to the Darkside” won Best Documentary. “My Father My Lord” (titled “Hofshat Kaits” in Israel) follows a rabbi who challenges his faith, while “Taxi” centers on U.S. torture practices overseas, particularly how they affected an innocent taxi driver who was tortured and killed in Afghanistan in 2002.
Gibey won’t be making many friends at the next Republican National Convention. He was previously best known for directing “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.”
“I fear that along the way that sense of purpose and hope for a better world was hijacked by some people who played on our fears and in a way took us on a journey to the dark side,” the director said at the awards ceremony, according to Yahoo! Movies.
Other winners at the sixth annual festival included “Making Of,” which won both Best Actor (Lofti Edbelli) and Best Screenplay (Nouri Bouzid); “Lady Chatterley,” which won Best Actress (Marina Hands); and “The Killing of John Lennon,” which won the Made in NY Special Jury Recognition Prize.
“The Last Dog in Rwanda” and “A Son’s Sacrifice” were highlighted in the short-film competition. The flicks won for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short, respectively.
Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal started the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 as a way to revitalize lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center crippled the area’s economy.