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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 25, 2009
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Best Music Video | Lady Lamb the Beekeeper at Tower of Song
DIRECTED BY NICK POULIN AND KRISTER ROLLINS ([DOG] AND [PONY])

We'd love to see this duo's first collaboration: a Blair Witch Project-Simpsons mash-up parody called "The Springfield Monkey Project," crafted when Krister Rollins and Nick Poulin were still in high school. "It was horrible," Rollins recalls. Ten years later, the pair of Mainers — who met in middle school — are still making movies together, as the online project [dog] and [pony] (dogandponymusic.net). When they moved to Portland after attending separate colleges, they discovered a vibrant music scene, but little in the way of creative documentation of that energy and talent. "We decided to do something different," Poulin says. Filming the Tower of Song Festival, where they collected the footage for this award-winning video that highlights the quirky passion of Lady Lamb musicians Aly Spaltro and TJ Metcalfe, was part of that. [dog] and [pony] will celebrate this year's accomplishments at a DVD-release party at SPACE Gallery on December 12, with performances by several of the bands they've recorded, including Jacob Augustine, Sam James, Chriss Sutherland, and, yes, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper.

Runner-up: Color Play No.1: Factotum, directed by John Michaud

Correction: In a previous version of this article, Color Play No.1: Factotum was incorrectly identified as Animation, the correction has been made above.

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Photo: JOSH DUYM

Best Documentary | Ca-Boatman of Long Island

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Best Reality Video | Ball Hawk
DIRECTED BY ROGER MCCORD

If Roger McCord's energy was contagious, I wouldn't need this third cup of coffee. McCord, a resident of Cumberland and Curiositytown, has seemingly boundless enthusiasm for a multitude of topics (his film treatise on flying in small planes along Maine's coast won him Reality Vid honors in last year's film fest). And he wants you to be excited too. Indeed, McCord's major motivation behind making Ball Hawk, a five-minute meditation on finding baseballs in the woods, was to "take something really boring and make it interesting," he says. The finished product, which gave McCord a second consecutive win in the Reality Video category (because it features him, as opposed to some other documentary subject), also gave this dad an opportunity to work with his son Kevin, a freshman at UMaine, who provided the soundtrack.

For McCord's documentary subject, however, it's not hard to muster interest. Ca-Boatman of Long Island tells the story of islander Steve Johnson and his half-car, half-boat: the Ca-Boat. McCord read an Associated Press article about the waterborne wonder, and said to himself, "I want to get on that boat." Thus began a day of filming on Casco Bay's Long Island, introducing us to the ingenious Ca-Boat creator, as well as his family — a fun and fascinating glimpse that makes us thankful for McCord's inquisitiveness.

Runner-up Documentary: Hard Rock Havana, directed by Nicholas Brennan | Runner-up Reality Video: Thanks for Thinking, directed by Chris Newcomb

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