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Dirty Beautiful – Best Feature Film


Dirty Beautiful CWriter/Director Tim Bartell’s dramedy Dirty Beautiful received Best Feature Film honors from the 2016 Fort Myers Film Festival. This sharply written and brilliantly acted movie tells the unconventional love story of an aspiring writer by the name of David who bites off more than he can chew when he makes Kat, a full-time drifter and part-time prostitute, his girlfriend. Or, as Dirty Beautiful 2Cinequest’s Nina Zheng touts, “Director Tim Bartell’s debut feature depicts an unusual modern relationship with the universal truth that, sometimes, we are most drawn to the imperfections we see in others.”

According to Bartell, the project took four years to complete, although the actual filming spanned just 17 days, including reshoots. “The final three days were the hardest,” Bartell recounted in an interview by film reviewer Taylor Ryan earlier this year. “The production was running out of dollars. We had a crew half the size of our original shoot. I was directing and line-producing as well, getting by on three or four hours sleep a night. But hey, we did it!”

Dirty Beautiful 3The dysfunctional love story open to myriad interpretations has been juried into more than two dozen film festivals so far. Besides the Fort Myers Film Festival, Dirty Beautiful has won numerous awards and accolades, including Best Feature Comedy at the 2016 Queens World Film Festival, the Founders Award Best Feature Film at the Dirty Beautiful 1Riverside International, Best Narrative Feature at the 2016 Los Angeles Cinema Fest of Hollywood, Best Narrative Film at the 2015 Hudson Valley International Film Festival, and was the Narrative Dirty Beautiful 4Feature Winner at International Independent Film Awards.


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