The New York Times reports that the Tribeca Film Fest handed out awards for Best Narrative feature to Chef, and best documentary to Keep on Keepin’ on.
The winners were chosen by audiences who voted after watching all of the films.
Chef is not faring so well over at Metacritic, not that it means much at this stage but if even some of these guys, many of whom used to be much more easily swayed bloggers, didn’t go for it, that might not bode well for its overall reception by critics, bloggers, and tastemakers.
Keep on Keepin’ On, however, does seem Oscar bound, as it’s produced by Quincy Jones – has just been picked up for distribution by Radius-TWC (Weinstein Co) and described on the website thusly:
In his melodic debut, Australian-director Alan Hicks spent four years following the charming and sometimes poignant mentorship between jazz-legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy, Justin Kaulflin, during a pivotal moment in each of their lives. At eighty-nine years old, ‘CT’ has played alongside Duke Ellington and Count Basie; his pupils include Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but his most unlikely friendship is with Justin, a 23-year-old with uncanny talent but debilitating nerves. As Justin prepares for a competition that could jumpstart his budding career, CT’s failing health threatens his own. Beautifully nostalgic with a reverence for the importance of finding your own sound, Keep On Keepin’ On celebrates an iconic musician while introducing one of equal vibrancy. It is a mentoring tale as inspirational as its subjects.