Philly film is a winner at Sundance

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Justin Duerr with a Toynbee tile in a scene from "Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles." Duerr has been probing the case for years.

Big news from the Sundance Film Festival, which handed out the awards Saturday night:

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, directed by Willow Grove native Jon Foy, won the U.S. Documentary Competition Directing Award.

Foy followed musician/artist Justin Duerr's search for the origin of the so-called Toynbee tiles, which are implanted in streets around the world. Most are in Philadelphia.

Sam Adams recounted the story in The Inquirer last week.

“I had no idea that such things were possible in life. Just a few weeks ago I was a housecleaner,” Foy told those assembled, according to Sundance's blog. “This is for all the artists working in obscurity out there. Never give up, because if you do, you know what will happen. If you don’t give up, you don’t know what will happen.”

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