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Mason Bendewald wins Best Director for Tunahaki at Beverly Hills Film & TV Festival

The 1st Annual Beverly Hills Film, TV and New Media Festival honored dozens of groundbreaking work from veterans and pioneers of the entertainment and media industries: actress Sharon Stone received a Humanitarian Award for The Invocation; a Lifetime Achievement Award went to Paul Sorvino; and the Best Director Award for a documentary went to Mason Bendewald for his courageous and inspiring film Tunahaki.

“I’m honored to have been recognized by the Beverly Hills Film & TV Festival. President Kennedy said, ‘One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.’ Our responsibility to help those less fortunate is important but in doing so we must consider how to best go about it, evaluate the pros and cons of our actions and look to history and experts for guidance. My hope is Tunahaki inspires people to get involved and do what they can to make a difference in the world.” – Mason Bendewald, director.

“Everybody was talking and nobody wanted to leave,” said Keith Mishkin from Phoenix, Arizona, reacting to the crowd gathered after the screening.“They wanted to talk about the film. It’s movies like this that will stick with you… you’ll wake up in the middle of the night and you’ll be thinking about it.”

“I can’t urge people enough to see this film,” said festival goer Todd Kreisman, a screenwriter and actor from Chicago. “I was inexpressibly moved and inspired, as I have been only a few times in my life.”

To find out more about Tunahaki visit the official website www.tunahaki.com

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