‘Better This World’ nabs WGA Award

February 20th, 2012 by Mike

Kelly Duane de la Vega (L) and Katie Galloway (R)

from austin360.com:

By Matthew Odam | Monday, February 20, 2012, 10:35 AM

“Better This World” writers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega won the Writers Guild award for best documentary Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The documentary, which made its world premiere at South by Southwest last year, tells the story of Brad Crowder and David McKay, two Texans who attempted to disrupt the 2008 National Republican Convention in Minnesota. The men, who crafted handmade bombs and were arrested as domestic terrorists, eventually reached plea deals.

Californians Galloway and de la Vega directed the movie, but turned to cinematographer David Layton and producer Mike Nicholson of Austin-based production company Picturebox for help with the film’s production.

“It’s really gratifying to see that the film has had the same effect on audiences that it’s had on us,” Nicholson said. “We’re thrilled by the recognition, but even happier to have had the chance to collaborate with Katie and Kelly on the film.”

The Austin Film Society screens “Better This World” as a part of it’s “Best of the Fests Series” on Wednesday, Feb. 29th at 7p.m. at the Alamo Village. Crowder and McKay will be in attendance for a special Q&A after the screening. For more information, visit Austin Film Society’s website.

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