SXSW: “Krisha,” “Peace Officer” win jury awards

Trey Edward Shults’ drama “Krisha” and Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber’s “Peace Officer,” about a Utah sheriff who established his area’s first SWAT team, with grim consequences decades later, won the SXSW jury prizes in the narrative and documentary feature competitions, respectively, Tuesday night at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony at the Paramount.

A scene from "Peace Officer," which explores the militarization of law enforcement.

A scene from “Peace Officer,” which explores the militarization of law enforcement.

The awards were hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer, who is also in “Trainwreck.”

Feature films receiving jury awards were selected from the narrative feature and documentary feature competition categories. Films in these categories, as well as all feature categories (with the exception of Special Events), and the poster and title design competition entrants, are also eligible for 2015 SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards.

The Audience awards will be announced Saturday.

A special jury recognition award for visual excellence went to Benjamin Dickinson’s “Creative Control” in the feature category.

Alex Sichel Elizabeth Giamatti’s “A Woman Like Me,” about a woman with cancer, picked up a recognition for directing, while an editing award went to Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto for their work on “Twinsters.”

The SXSW Gamechanger Award went to Hungarian director Yvonne Kerekgyarto for her “Free Entry,” which premiered in the festival’s SXGlobal section.

Bill and Turner Ross nabbed the Louis Black “Lone Star” Award for “Western,” a documentary about the drug trade at the U.S./Mexico border.

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