“Collisions” won an Imagen Award (known in the industry as the “Latino Oscars”) for “Best Young Actor – Television” (Izabella Alvarez).
In addition, it was nominated for two other Imagen Awards, for “Best Primetime Program: Special, Movie or Limited Series” and “Best Actor – Television” (Jesse Garcia) and a NAMIC Vision Award in the “Original Movie or Special” category.
“Collisions” played 19 festivals, winning 13 awards:
Mill Valley Film Festival: Audience Award, Gold, US Indie Cinema
SF IndieFest: Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature
Brooklyn Film Festival: Spirit Award, Feature Narrative
Brooklyn Film Festival: Best Actor Male (Jesse Garcia)
Sonoma International Film Festival: Jury Prize for Best US Indie
Sonoma International Film Festival: Best Bay Area Filmmaker
DTLA Film Festival: Breakthrough Performance Award (Ana de la Reguera)
Arizona International Film Festival: Best Dramatic Feature
Cine Las Americas (Austin): Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature
Irvine International Film Festival: Best Feature Narrative
Omaha Film Festival: Feature Film Honorable Mention
Chicago Latino Film Festival: Audience Choice Award (Feature/Third Place)
Woods Hole Film Festival: Best Actor Feature Youth (Izabella Alvarez)
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“Timely and quietly affecting, this assured feature debut from Bay Area director Richard Levien concerns a young girl and her even younger brother who go on a road trip to retrieve their mother after ICE agents haul the woman away for possible deportation. The acting, cinematography and music all lend the film a gritty and emotional authenticity.”
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“Collisions”: San Francisco filmmaker Richard Levien’s immigration drama receives a world premiere and it couldn’t be more topical. When 12-year-old Itan Bautista’s mother is taken by ICE, she and her brother reluctantly lean on their unreliable father as they embark on a journey to find her. Levien is a strong storyteller and has strong story to tell. He also draws out impressive performances from his cast.
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“Film in particular has the unique capability to put the audience inside the lives and experiences of others,” says Levien. “In ‘Collisions,’ I’m trying to present a realistic portrait for what it’s like for one family to go through separation because of immigration enforcement, so that the audience gets a chance to experience that for themselves, rather than just reading headlines or looking at statistics.”