Best Documentary Short
|SXSW Film Festival 2010|
"Quadrangle is Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in real time... You won’t take your eyes off the screen. In 20 minutes [editor] Raff and [filmmaker] Grappell assemble the essence of four fragmented lives with intelligence and objectivity."
Honorable Mention Jury Prize
|Sundance Film Festival 2010|
"Suitable for college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of sexuality, anthropology of family/marriage, and American studies, as well as general audiences…. Should provoke some lively discussion on these subjects."
"It's a short and jewellike work of cinema."
|BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER|
Amy Grappell’s documentary QUADRANGLE, premiered at Sundance in 2010, where it won a Jury Prize. It went on to win Best Short Film at SXSW, AFI, and Dallas Int. Film Festival, and had its New York premiere at New Directors / New Films (MOMA) before being broadcast on HBO. She returned to Sundance in 2011 with a short documentary titled “Kids Green The World.” She was one of the select writer/directors of Richard Linklater’s SLACKER 2011 and her feature documentary LIGHT FROM THE EAST, shot in Ukraine during the fall of Communism, premiered at SXSW, aired on PBS and is part of the collection at the Library of Congress. Grappell holds a BA in film and literature from New York University, is a graduate of the MFA acting program at The North Carolina School of the Arts, and is the recipient of grants from Austin Film Society, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Council for the Humanities and the Trull Foundation. Grappell is currently writing a memoir about her experience growing up in a group marriage and adapting the Quadrangle story for a fictional TV series.
Aaron Raff is a New York based Visual Effects Supervisor whose credits include In The Heights, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and The Looming Tower.