New Docs in New York; IDA Nonfiction Winners
by Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight
(indieWIRE/11.30.01) — Documentary Fortnight, a new program started by
New York’s Museum of Modern Art, will launch next week from December 6-16,
with 27 nonfiction films and videos from around the world. The series will
open with a timely collection of works that focus on the effects of September
11 from media groups Third World Newsreel, Paper Tiger Television, and the Independent Media Center who put out a call to action to their members to
produce short pieces on the disaster.
Additional films with connections to current events include “Prison de
Femmes,” about a prison in Tajikistan; “September 10th (uno nunca muere
la vispera),” a tribute to the late Michael Richards, an artist who died in
the Towers; “Beneath the Veil,” an expose of Taliban atrocities; and two
films devoted to understanding Islam, “My Journey with Islam” and “A Thousand and One Voices: The Music of Islam.”
Other highlights include the New York premieres of Lynne Sachs‘ “Investigation of a Flame,” a look at the controversial actions of Vietnam War protesters, the Catonsville Nine, and Karen Kramer‘s “Children of Shadows.” Other notable works in the program: Charles Atlas‘s “Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance,” Minoru Matsui‘s “Japanese Devils,” Dennis O’Rourke‘s “Cunnamulla,” Sundance 2001 selection “Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey,” experimental artist Trinh T. Minh-Ha‘s new work “The Fourth Dimension,” and special programs including Jeff Krulik and John Heyn‘s “Heavy Metal Parking Lot: 15th Anniversary Tour,”
and a tribute to the work of African American filmmaker William Greaves, the
year’s “Outstanding Documentary Maker.”
Documentary Fortnight is a curated program and does not accept submissions.
For the complete program, go to MoMA’s website
>> IDA to Honor “Children Underground” and “Startup.com” at DGA
(indieWIRE/11.30.01) — The International Documentary Association (IDA) has
announced its recipients for the 2001 Distinguished Achievement Awards.
Presented on December 7th at the Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles,
the IDA Awards are given by its members in recognition of achievements by
fellow documentarians. This year, honorees include Edet Belzberg‘s HBO doc on the lives of abandoned Romanian youth, “Children Underground” which will share the top award in the feature-length competition with “Startup.com” co-
directors Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujam. Eric Simonson‘s “On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom” about musician Joseph Shabala‘s exploration of music, won the short competition for nonfiction film under 40 minutes.
Other nods went to the PBS documentary by David Grubin, “Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided,” and Kirk Wolfinger‘s “Hitler’s Lost Sub.” Producers Joe Lavine and Ross Greenburg will receive the 2001 ABC News VideoSource Award for “Ali-Frazier 1: One Nation-Divisible.” The award recognizes the doc on the 1971 boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Joe Frazier for making best use of historic news stock footage.
“The IDA Distinguished Achievement Awards is a celebration where our members
recognize extraordinary accomplishments by their peers,” commented Sandra
Ruch, IDA Executive Director in a prepared statement. “It is also a source of
hope and inspiration for other documentarians who have stories to tell.” The
IDA Awards have been presented since 1984. [Brian Brooks]