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Best Local Portrait of Indie-Film Angst 

Frazer Bradshaw

Only someone who really knows the turf could capture the essential sun-splashed hopelessness of the North Oakland working-class flatlands the way Frazer Bradshaw's film Everything Strange and New does. East Bay resident Bradshaw's slower-than-slow character study is anything but "leisurely paced." In fact it's quite hectic, in a numbed way, in chronicling the ups and downs — mostly downs — of a journeyman carpenter named Wayne (played by actor Jerry McDaniel) as he unsteadily negotiates his life on the job and at home with the wife and kids. Bradshaw, a veteran indie cinematographer, wrote, directed, and shot the 2009 production on location. You'll recognize the streets and you'll recognize Wayne, if only as a type — everyone knows someone like him. Everything Strange and New played the San Francisco International Film Festival last April.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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