The International Documentary Association (IDA) will present its 2014 Career Achievement Award to actor-director-producer-activist Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute, which has supported countless documentarians. His work in documentary film includes the Oscar-nominated short “The Solar Film,” “Yosemite: Fate of Heaven,” and feature documentaries “Incident at Oglala” and “The Unforeseen.” In 2012, Redford formed Sundance Productions which backed “All The President’s Men Revisited,” nonfiction series “Chicagoland” and “Death Row Stories” for CNN, and the 3D “Cathedrals of Culture” with executive producer Wim Wenders.
In previous years, the IDA the Career Achievement Award on documentary went to Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, Sheila Nevins, Michael Moore and Werner Herzog.
The organization’s Pioneer Award goes to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, founders of World of Wonder Productions, set up in 1991. Their often stranger-than-fiction stories of real life people include real estate agents “Million Dollar Listing” to twerkers “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.” Their best-known documentaries include “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and “Monica in Black and White,” and “Inside Deep Throat.” They have set up a strong digital presence with their blog, The Wow Report (www.worldofwonder.net), YouTube channel, and MCN WOW Presents.
Past recipients of IDA’s Pioneer Award include the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Alan and Susan Raymond, Rob Epstein, Mel Stuart and Paula Apsell.
Rithy Panh will receive the IDA’s Preservation and Scholarship award. His documentary “The Missing Picture” was nominated in 2013 for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is co-founder of the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Bophana Center collects film, television, photography and sound archives on Cambodia from around the world and grants free access to the public. The Center also provides vocational training in film and media and produces contemporary fiction and documentary work, with the goal of developing the audiovisual sector in Cambodia.
Past recipients of the Preservation and Scholarship Award include Jonas Mekas, The Film Foundation, Michael Rabiger, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Winners will be announced December 5th at the IDA Documentary Awards ceremony.