Cinepocalypse 2019: Sara Summa's THE LAST TO SEE THEM Takes Top Prize At Chicago Genre Fest

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Cinepocalypse 2019: Sara Summa's THE LAST TO SEE THEM Takes Top Prize At Chicago Genre Fest
Cinepocalypse has all but wrapped up its third year, further cementing its reputation as a must attend event in the Summer festival schedule. 
With its eclectic program and dizzying roster of special guests it is no wonder that the festival continues to grow not only in reputation but also in size, once again setting an attendance record for the festival. More people are catching on that Cinepocalypse is a place to be in Chicago in June.
Of course, as the festival draws to a close there comes the time to announce award winners. The big winner this year was Sara Summa and her debut feature film The Last To See Them. Her film won Best Film and Summa won the Best Director award as well. 
The other multi-award winner was Bartosz Konopka and his film The Mute. Konopka won for Best Screenplay, his lead, Krzysztof Pieczynski, won Best Actor and his cinematographer Jacek Podgorski won for Best Cinematography. The Mute did get a Special Mention Runner Up - Best Feature with Kirill Sokolov’s Why Dont' You Just Die!. Sokolov's film did take home the Audience Award. Azura Skye won Best Actress for her role in Dean Kapsalis' The Swerve. 
The third year of the Chicago genre festival comes to a close 
with record-shattering audiences, big stars, and bigger winners
The Music Box Theatre is honored to announce the juried winners of the 2019 edition of Cinepocalypse. As the festival wraps, it is also immensely proud to note that, in its third year, the festival shattered its second-year attendance record, and won accolades for its once-in-a-lifetime, center-of-the-cinematic-universe programming and guests. Cinepocalypse welcomed over 6,000 attendees, over 25 film guests from around the world, and hosted multiple sold out screenings, including Glenn Danzig’s buzzed about debut VEROTIKA, first-ever screening of the hyper rare ‘Gore-Cut’ of TAMMY AND THE T-REX, and special 70mm screening of TOTAL RECALL with Michael Ironside in attendance, all at the Music Box Theatre. 
The festival's feature film jury, which was led by THE LOST BOYS and FALLING DOWN director Joel Schumacher, has awarded “Best Film” to Sara Summa’s unnerving, character-driven THE LAST TO SEE THEM, which also won Summa a “Best Director” award. Joining Schumacher on the features jury were filmmaker Jennifer Reeder (KNIVES AND SKIN) and Dark Star Pictures president Michael Repsch.
Reeder said of the jury’s selection of THE LAST TO SEE THEM for Best Film and Best Director: “We are in a time when many writers and directors are challenging our idea of a genre film. This particular film is an unexpected and deeply nuanced portrait of an unseen horror, based on actual events with brilliant performances and masterfully directed. [Summa] is certainly one to watch out for.”
“Best Screenplay” goes to Bartosz Konopka for his knights vs. pagans tale THE MUTE, which also won top prizes for “Best Actor” (Krzysztof Pieczynski) and “Best Cinematography (Jacek Podgorski). Rounding out the feature award winners is Azura Skye, who won “Best Actress” for her portrayal of an unraveling wife and mother in the horrific drama THE SWERVE. Additionally, “Special Mention Runner Up - Best Feature” acknowledgements were given to THE MUTE and Kirill Sokolov’s rip-roaring revenge rampager WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE!, which also took this year’s “Audience Award.”
The Cinepocalypse short film jury, presided over by filmmaker Austin Vesely (SLICE), Music Box Films Lisa Holmes, and film critic Nick Allen, award “Best Short” to BUDFOOT, from co-directors Tim Reis and James Sizemore.
The shorts jury also awarded Marion Renard “Best Director” for SWITCH; two “Best Performance” awards—Nora Dolmans in SWITCH and Meredith Alloway for DEEP TISSUE; “Best Cinematography” to THE THIRD HAND’s director of photography James Watson; “Best Editing” to Sydney Clara Brafman for THE ONLY THING I LOVE MORE THAN YOU IS RANCH DRESSING; “Best Kill” to Erik Boccio’s BRUTAL REALTY, INC.; “Best Scare” to GO TO SLEEP: A LAO GHOST STORY; “Best Creature” to ROAD TRASH; “Best Comedy” for WHO YOU ARE; and “Best Film with a Social Message” to WOMXN, from directors Adrien Gystere Peskine and Eden Tinto Collins. The special “Hagazussa Award for Best Slow Burn” was given to Tomas Stark’s DELIRIA.
Cinepocalypse will return to The Music Box Theatre in 2020.
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