Awards were presented Saturday night, with top winners screening one last time on Sunday as the 11-day independent-cinema showcase closed.
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a raucous musical adapted from the off-Broadway play about a rock singer struggling with her botched sex-change operation, won the dramatic audience award, chosen in balloting by Sundance movie-goers. "Hedwig" also won the dramatic directing award for John Cameron Mitchell, who stars in the title role.
The documentary audience award was split by two films: "Dogtown and Z-Boys," the story of a band of misfit skateboarders in Santa Monica, Calif., who pioneered extreme sports in the 1970s; and "Scout's Honor," director Tom Shepard's study of anti-gay policies in the Boy Scouts.
"Dogtown and Z-Boys" also won the documentary directing award for Stacy Peralta, a member of the original "Z-Boys." "Scout's Honor" also received Sundance's freedom of expression award.
Drama jurors at Sundance gave a special acting prize to Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson for their gripping performances in "In the Bedroom." Spacek and Wilkinson play parents struck by family tragedy, whose grief gives way to a desire for vengeance.
"The Believer," written and directed by Henry Bean, stars Ryan Gosling as a youth who militantly argues against conservative Jewish teachings as a boy and grows up hiding his heritage as he falls in with latter-day, anti-Semitic fascists. Even as he commits hate crimes and becomes an anti-Jewish rabble-rouser, the youth is torn between contempt for Jewish passivity during the Holocaust and reverence for the traditions of Judaism.
"Southern Comfort," directed by Kate Davis, traces the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a transsexual who died of ovarian cancer toward the end of the film shoot in 1999. The movie, much of which was shot by Davis working on her own with a handheld digital camera, chronicles Eads' budding romance with a transsexual named Lola Cola.
Among other Sundance awards: