Indie Memphis alumni win big at the Spirit Awards

Indie Memphis alumni won big at Film Independent's 25th annual Spirit Awards, which took place on Friday, March 5th.

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The John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for under $500,000) went to Humpday by Lynn Shelton, who directed the Indie Memphis '08 feature My Effortless Brilliance and is currently in post on $5 Cover: Seattle

Kyle Patrick Alvarez won the Acura Someone to Watch Award for his film Easier With Practice, which was awarded a Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast at Indie Memphis '09. The film also received a Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature

Finally, the Truer Than Fiction Award went to Bill Ross and Turner Ross' Indie Memphis '09 documentary fave 45365.

Additional nominations went to Tom Quinn's The New Year Parade, which won the 2008 Indie Memphis jury award for Best Feature. Indie Memphis '09 Best Narrative Feature winner, That Evening Sun, was nominated for Best Supporting Male (Raymond McKinnon) and Best Supporting Female (Mia Wasikowska).

Click here to read IndieWire's full report of the Spirit Award winners.