Campbell Scottcollected perhaps the most eccentric prize on the film festival circuit overthe weekend when his second solo feature Off The Map won five acres of New Mexico land at theninth Taos Talking Picture Film Festival's award gala.
Chosen by thejury for its 'inventiveness and passion', the drama focuses on theeffect of a man's crippling depression on his young daughter and starsSam Elliott, Joan Allen, Amy Brenneman and Valentina De Angelis.
Off The Map isScott's second solo outing as director after 2001's Final. Holding aloft his symbolic bottlecontaining dirt and a sprig of sage, Scott told an enthusiastic Saturday nightaudience he might approach previous winners of the Taos Land Grant Award topropose a creative workshop on the site of the land in northern New Mexico.
The first TaosBAFTA/LA Award for Excellence in Short Film went to Christin Cockerton's12-minute film, Deep Down, about a particularly challenging mother-daughter relationship.