Emily Sheehan.
Redstone Film Festival best picture winner Emily Sheehan receives the award from festival faculty director Geoffrey Poister, a COM associate professor of film and television, Friday. Sheehan won a Canon 5D Mark III.

Nothing could stop Borderline at Friday night’s 37th annual Redstone Film Festival, not even an errant fire alarm in the Tsai Performance Center that temporarily halted the film halfway through its screening.

Despite that five-minute interruption, Borderline, directed by Emily Sheehan, took home the best film and several technical awards for its gritty depiction of an urban paramedic trapped by her mother’s drug addiction.

“Thank you, all of those who helped with this movie,” Sheehan told the packed crowd during her acceptance speech. “This movie, as you can tell by the monumental length of the credits, was a group effort, with over 100 people involved.”

Sheehan, currently a COM lecturer, is now in preproduction with the film and seeking funding for a feature-length version.

Best sound design went to David Murillo (composer), Brooke Yap (sound designer), and Gonzalo Perez (sound mixer), all 2016 Berklee College of Music grads, for their work on Borderline. The best editing category saw a tie between Borderline, edited by Sheehan, Palmer, and Tara Kavanaugh, and Pick Your Own, edited by Xander Marzella and Emma Platek. Kavanaugh also earned the best cinematography prize for Borderline. Best screenplay went to Luke Shields for Pick Your Own.

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