Award for Distinctive Vision Jury Prize for Narrative Feature
"A blackly comic, bracingly experimental no-budget horror film" almost entirely free of dialogue, SOFT FOR DIGGING "...smacks us out of left field with concepts we would never expect from this kind of film."
One morning, an old man wanders into the woods in search of his runaway cat. He finds instead a child with no parents and a murder with no corpse.
...it may be the best use of $6000 since EL MARIACHI... compelling is the freedom and skill Petty shows in rearranging genre syntax. He picks up familiar horror elements and remolds them like so much Play-doh." -Scott Foundas, VARIETY
"...Like the 1999 sleeper that became a national phenomenon, SOFT FOR DIGGING breaks new ground in cinematic technique and is very, very scary. ...more visually sophisticated, subtler, and closer in tone to the Coen brothers' first movie, BLOOD SIMPLE than BLAIR WITCH.” -Lou Lumenick, NY POST
...simmers its way to a frothing boil of a climax that finishes off with a jaw-dropping conclusion. With a strong visual style and a knack for telling a story without the need for words, JT Petty weaves an intricate tale and maintains strond mood shifts... and then he smacks us out of left field with concepts we would never expect from this kind of film." - Massawyrm, AINT-IT-COOL-NEWS