Friday, January 6, 2006
Missing in America — a film by a Carlisle resident — sweeps the Monaco International Film Festival
For the first time ever an American has won the Angel Awards Trophy for best film at the Monaco International Film Festival. On December 11, 2005, at the Théâtre Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, Gabrielle Savage Dockterman, of Russell Street, received the award for her debut feature film Missing in America, starring Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), David Strathairn (Goodnight and Good Luck), Linda Hamilton (Terminator), Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and newcomer Zoë Weizenbaum of Amherst, Massachusetts, who currently has a principal role as young Pumpkin in Memoirs of a Geisha. Dockterman's film swept the festival, winning three other awards, including Best Actor for Danny Glover, Best Actress for Zoë Weizenbaum, and Best Director for Dockterman.
A film about healing and forgiveness, Missing in America is a contemporary story of a Vietnam veteran (Glover) who has lived in self-imposed exile for more than thirty years and is haunted by memories of lives lost under his command. A former member of his platoon (Strathairn) unexpectedly appears at his remote cabin, only to vanish overnight, leaving behind his young, half-Vietnamese daughter (Zoë Weizenbaum). The screenplay is based on a story by Vietnam vet, Ken Miller, of Washington state, and was co-written by Miller, Dockterman, and Nancy L. Babine, of Oak Knoll Road, Carlisle. Although it is not autobiographical, it is grounded in Miller's understanding of the pain that he and many other veterans carry, not only because of what they saw and did, but also because of how they were treated at home. First Look Pictures will release the film on VHS and DVD across North America on January 10.
Dockterman discovered child actress Weizenbaum after considering hundreds of girls across North America. Actor/director Peter Berkrot of Essex heard about Weizenbaum through a friend of a friend who had seen her in a community stage production of Peter Pan. "Zoë wasn't even looking for a film role," Dockterman said. "It's amazing that we found her."
Dockterman has won several other awards for her film, including the Audience Award for Emerging Director at both the St. Louis International Film Festival in November, and the Woods Hole Film Festival in August. She also accepted the Screen Actor's Guild award for Emerging Actress on behalf of Zoë Weizenbaum at the St. Louis International Film Festival, while Weizenbaum was in Western Massachusetts accepting her award for Best New Actress, New England at the Northampton Film Festival.
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