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DRAGONSLAYER, directed by Tristan Patterson, won the Grand Jury and Cinematography prizes for documentary at this year's SXSW film festival. Energetic and bathed in warm, golden light, the film underlines the perils and contradictions of a skateboarder's descent into adulthood when it's not effervescently watching its subject ply his craft in the empty swimming pools of foreclosed homes in Orange County.

FAKE IT SO REAL, Robert Greene's winning follow-up to the wonderful Kati with an I, concerns itself with the image-making and fraternal joshing of a group of amateur wrestlers in North Carolina. A memorable cast of characters is headlined by the new guy, Gabe, whose hilarious attempts to create a winning stage persona manage to become the film's emotional core.

Seven years in, the Camden International Film Festival has triumphantly subverted its slogan, "Small towns, big films." This weekend's films are smaller than ever, but they make the festival feel a whole lot bigger.

Christopher Gray can be reached

CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | Sep 29-Oct 2 | at locations in Camden, Rockland, and Rockport | individual screenings $8.50, festival passes $75-125 |

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