Hell on Wheels, Rufus win big at Rosie Awards

Hell on Wheels

Nomadic Pictures’ western for U.S. cabler AMC Hell on Wheels has taken home the most bling at the Alberta Media Production Industries Association’s annual prizefest, known as the Rosie Awards.

The drama, set in the wild west of post Civil War America, took home six trophies, including for best dramatic series, best editor for a drama over thirty minutes, handed to Bridget Durnford for her work on episode “Blood Moon,” and best performance by an Alberta actor, handed to Duncan Ollerenshaw for his work on the episode “Scabs.”

Hell on Wheels beat out nomination frontrunner Heartland. The CBC family drama produced by Seven24 Films went into the competition with 13 nominations, but by the end of the night had collected just two. They were for best visual effects, handed to Ken Bitz and Jason Lavoie for their CG work on the episode “The Road Ahead” and best overall sound for a drama over 30 minutes, handed to George Tarrant and Michael Leder for their work on the episode “Running Against The Wind.”

On the film side, the big winner of the night was writer-director Dave Schultz’ horror film Rufus. Schultz and his project took four awards, including best director in a drama over 30 minutes, best screen writing for drama over 30 minutes, best dramatic feature film (shared with Bruce Harvey) and best cinematographer for a drama over 30 minute (handed to Craig Wrobleski).

On the factual side of the business, the winners were:

  • for best documentary series, Hail Mary, produced by Anaid Productions, specifically producers Margaret Mardirossian, David Benson, Sophie Mardirossian and Helen Schmidt;
  • for best documentary over 30 minutes, Legend of A Warrior, produced by Corkscrew Media, enriquePoe Moving Pictures and the NFB, specifically producers Susan Bristow, Corey Lee and Bonnie Thompson and
  • for best documentary under 30 minutes, The Passion Play, produced by The Passion Play Documentary, specifically producers Philip Spink and Zuzana Novak.

The full list of winners can be found here.

The 2013 Alberta Film and TV Awards were handed out in Edmonton May 25.