Thus, the refreshingly eclectic Cinema Eye annual Unforgettables were revealed Thursday, a day after the International Documentary Association unveiled its own 2014 nominations. The list honors the year’s best in documentary films, and their subjets. There’s overlap across the board, but several of the season’s would-be award contenders left off IDA’s list did make the Cinema Eye Unforgettables list: Sundance faves “The Overnighters,” “E-Team” and “Life Itself” all got love from Cinema Eye.
And a little love goes a long way. As more and more high quality documentaries are made each year, the Cinema Eye picks, along with IDA and DOC NYC other awards, become crucial in the next weeks, as the documentary branch of the Academy just received their last packet of screeners. Each member has to see 20% of the films–assigned to them by the branch–and then can see as many others as they can cram in. Thus the list below helps them to decide what to watch. The Oscar doc feature short list will be announced no later than the first week of December, per the Academy.
A number of critics’ underdogs from earlier in 2014 also get a boost here, including RADiUS’ “Supermensch” and Drafthouse and Cinedigm’s “The Dog,” both of which tell fascinating true stories about eccentric cult figures. Fest hit “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” about the Chilean filmmaker’s thwarted attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic, also made the cut.
Bob and Marcel / Ne Me Quitte Pas
Pam Brooks / Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Brandy Burre / Actress
Nick Cave / 20,000 Days on Earth
Chaz and Roger Ebert / Life Itself
Shep Gordon / Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Alejandro Jodorowsky / Jodorowsky’s Dune
Mark Landis / Art and Craft
Anna Neistat / The E-Team
Pastor Jay Reinke / The Overnighters
Abdul Basset Saroot / Return to Homs
Edward Snowden / Citizenfour
Clark Terry / Keep On Keepin’ On
Matthew Van Dyke / Point and Shoot
John Wojtowicz / The Dog
The Cinema Eye Honors are traditionally held in early January at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. Full film nominees list will be announced November 13.