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Film Fest Twain Harte Winners

Twain Harte, CA — The 4th annual Film Fest Twain Harte drew a variety of actors and filmmakers to the Mother Lode.

The event started on Friday evening with a VIP reception, and a showing of the Clint Eastwood classic “Pale Rider.” Some actors in the film, Herman Poppe, S.A. Griffin, and Jeffrey Weissman were on hand to talk and answer questions.

Additional films were shown on Saturday and Sunday, and event officially wraps up today.

Notably, “The Curse of the Unkissable Kid” was given in three awards. It was directed by Tuolumne County native Mark Marchillo, who won the “Emerging Director Award.” The short film featured Lee Meriwether, who starred for many years in the television series Barnaby Jones. She also was Miss America in 1955.

“It’s a fun film, and Mark Marchillo cast me as a very strange character, and I loved playing her,” said Meriwether. “He (Marchillo) is of course a native up here, and quite gifted, and I expect big things from him.”

The winners of the 4th annual Film Fest Twain Harte are as follows:

Best Western: Remington’s Revenge

Best Student Film: Gypsy Girl

Best of the Great Outdoors: 140 Miles

Emerging Director Award: Mark Marchillo

Best Documentary: “Rebuilt”

Most Outstanding Performance: Lee Meriwether

Stuart Whitman’s Lifetime Achievement Award was accepted by his grandson, Kaenan Whitman.

Best Short: “Life in a Box”

Best Feature Film “Before the Lights Come Out”

Audience Choice: “The Curse of the Unkissable Kid”

Critic’s Choice: “New”