Audience Choice BEST of the FEST Narrative Film – Sugar!
Directed by Shari Berman
Responding to a dare, Leslie, a 50+ Indiana piano teacher (Tony-award winner Alice Ripley) secretly forms an all-woman rock band, Sugar. At the same time, her husband, a conservative Republican, runs for Congress. The band quickly goes viral as “MILF” musicians. When her husband (SAG Award Winner Robert Clohessy) and college-bound daughter discover the secret, all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Leslie has a clandestine affair with a younger bartender and while being caught between responsibilities and dreams, she almost destroys the band. But victory is in the air …
Director Shari Berman is an award-winning filmmaker and member of Film Fatales. She believes in pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and not relying on formulaic methods, as was the case with her feature film My Life as Abraham Lincoln. Sugar! has won “Best of Fest” awards at the Boardwalk Film Festival (Sept. 2016) in Asbury Park, N.J., and Village of Brewster Film Festival (Sept. 2016) in Brewster, N.Y. “Sugar! was written as inspiration for all women ‘of a certain age’ to follow their dreams,” Berman said.
Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg / USA / 2016 / 61 minsThe Best of Fest Documentary, as voted by audiences, is My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond.