By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
“Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound,” a long documentary, took Best in Show on Sunday in the second annual Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival.
The documentary about songwriter Mize’s contributions to Country Western music took one of 21 awards at a ceremony presented by the Tejon Ranch at the Fox Theater.
Fifty films were selected to compete in the festival in four categories called tracks. They were independent films, films made by or about people with disabilities, spiritual films and films about veterans.
Veterans track winners:
“Forgotten Flag Raisers” for Best in Track
“The Messenger” for Best Short Narrative
“Riding My Way Back” in Best Short Documentary
Independent track winners:
“One Small Hitch” for Best in Track
“11 Minutes” for Best Short Narrative
“Hastings Street” for Best Long Narrative
“Los Olvidados” for Best Short Documentary
“An Open Door: Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines” for Best Long Documentary
“Hands of Flame” for Best Animation
Spiritual track winners:
“Remembering the Fallen” for Best in Track
“Zugzwang” for Best Short Narrative
“Makenzie Photography: A Story of Triumph” for Best Short Documentary
“Forgive Us” for Best Long Documentary
“The Urge 2 — It Lies Within” for Best Animation
Developmental disabilities track winners:
“A World of Difference” for Best in Track
“A Christmas Memory” for Best Short Narrative
“A Miracle on Christmas” for Best Long Narrative
“Powerful Medicine — Simply Magic” for Best Short Documentary
“Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story” for Best Long Documentary and a general excellence honor known as the Jett Travolta Vision Award presented by the Travolta family
“AirBurst: The Soda of Doom” for Best Animation
An independent panel of judges screened selections before the festival and picked their favorites to receive cash awards.
The film with the most points in each film track was named Best in Track and awarded $1,000, with the best in each sub category — short documentaries, long documentaries, short narratives, long narratives and animations — receiving $200.