The turtles take it all. David Weintraub’s documentary Call of the Ancient Mariner won top prize at this year’s Terrace Charleston Film Festival held March 12-15. Weintraub earns a cash prize as well as a theatrical run of his film at the Terrace. “This one [Weintraub’s doc] just seemed to resonate with the audience,” says Paul Brown owner of Terrace Theater. 

Call of the Ancient Mariner was filmed mainly in the Charleston area, and follows the cultural impact that sea turtles have on humans. 

Brown and a few other anonymous assistants chose the winning film by gauging audience reactions both during and after the showing. “There’s no ballot system, but there’s always sort of a clear consensus,” says Brown. 

Travis Pearson’s America Street earned Honorable Mention, while best short film went to Brent Ebell’s Bill’s Bad Day.