On September 7, the Art is Alive Film Festival named Shockoe Artspace’s documentary, The Builder, winner of Best Special Interest Film at the 2020 Art is Alive Film Festival. The award recognizes excellence in storytelling, cinematography and editing. A varied field of numerous films was reduced to approximately 40 nominees with The Builder taking top honors.

“It really is an honor to win this award in a field of such fantastic films as the ones we saw at the festival,” says Ryan Lauterio, the director of Shockoe Artspace and one of the co-directors of the film, alongside Nicholas Seitz. “We thought we had a great story to tell, and this award is an affirmation of all of the people, relationships, and hard work that made this possible.”

“I couldn’t be more proud that The Builder won,” says Cindy Mich, the founder of the Art is Alive Film Festival. “It holds a special place in my heart.”

The Builder also received nomination laurels for Best Feature and Best Director at the festival as well. The Art is Alive Film Festival is held annually in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and showcases some of the country’s best independent filmmakers.