New York film festival Best Director award goes to San Antonio-Austin filmmakers

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San Antonio writer/director Mark Dennis and Austin producer/director Ben Foster won the Best Director award at the 14th annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) for their movie, STRINGS, on July 14, 2011.

STRINGS also won Best Cinematography by Mike Simpson, Best Supporting Actor by Jack Lee, and honorable mention for Best Supporting Actress by 10-year-old Olivia Draguicevich from Austin.

STRINGS held its east coast premiere at the historic Bellmore Movies on Sunday in New York.

The movie also was nominated for Best Feature and Best First Feature.

The filmmaking duo shared directing and producing duties on STRINGS, the independent dramatic thriller written by Dennis that was filmed in Queens, Austin, and San Antonio.