Press & Awards

Obama ad campaign wins Pollie Award

April 5th, 2013 by Mike

A series of ads produced by Picturebox with our friends at Message, Audience & Presentation won a coveted Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants. The Spanish language campaign, “Profiles in Organizing” featured campaign activists from around the country as they organized the communities in support of President Obama’s 2012 re-election Campaign.

‘Better This World’ nabs WGA Award

February 20th, 2012 by Mike

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


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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"Cave of Forgotten Dreams," "Better This World" honored in NYC

November 29, 2011 by Realscreen Staff Email/Share

Werner Herzog’s 3D effort Cave of Forgotton Dreams has been named the best non-fiction film by the New York Film Critics Circle, while Kelly Duane and Katie Galloway’s Better This World has collected the best doc prize at the IFP’s annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The Gotham Awards also honored a documentary in the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You category, with Scenes of a Crime, directed by Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock, taking the honors.

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Film Is Skeptical About Domestic Efforts on Terrorism


LOS ANGELES —The film "Better This World" introduces itself with the frightening sounds of television anchors filtering the news of a terrorist plot against the Republican National Convention in 2008. "Disturbing news tonight about homegrown terror," one of the anchors says, not for the first time and not for the last.

But, the film suggests, viewers should also be disturbed about the ease with which that label — "terrorist" — is applied.

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Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway’s documentary "Better This World" topped the 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival Awards Thursday night.

The film won two of the three Golden Gate Awards for documentary features, taking a $20,000 cash prize for Best Documentary Feature, and a $15,000 cash prize plus $2,000 in EFILM Digital Laboratories services, for best Bay Area Documentary Feature.

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