"Code Black," a new film about health care and bureaucracy in a Los Angeles emergency room, won the jury award for best documentary Monday at the Hamptons International Film Festival's Golden Starfish awards ceremony.
"I think the Hamptons must have had a crystal ball, knowing that there would be a government shutdown over this issue," physician-filmmaker Dr. Ryan McGarry said in his acceptance speech.
"Code Black" was one of several films about timely and difficult topics honored at the ceremony in East Hampton's First Presbyterian Church hall.
The jury award for narrative feature went to "The Selfish Giant," about poor children in Northern England, with a special jury prize going to the young non-professional actor Conner Chapman. Audience awards went to the documentary "Desert Runners," about ultra-marathoners, and to the narrative "Philomena," directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench as an unmarried Irish-Catholic forced to give up her newborn child in the 1950s.
"The Square," about the Egyptian Revolution, received the Social Justice award and honorable mention in the Conflict and Resolution category.