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‘Motley’s Law’ and ‘Class Divide’ Win DOC NYC Grand Jury Prizes

'Motley's Law' and 'Class Divide' Win DOC NYC Grand Jury Prizes


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DOC NYC is wrapping up its sixth edition by announcing its handful of 2015 award winners. This year’s event, which ran from November 12-19 at IFC Center, SVA Theatre and the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas in New York City, resulted in record-breaking ticket sales and screened 104 feature-length documentaries, 27 of which were world premieres. Filmmakers who attended included Michael Moore, Frederick Wiseman, Barbara Kopple, Jon Alpert, Ethan Hawke, Amy Berg, Kirby Dick, Alex Gibney and more. 

“DOC NYC significantly increased its reach this year, from the new DOC NYC PRO Conference and Lounge that attracted hundreds of filmmakers to the rising prominence of the Short List section and Visionaries Tribute,” said festival artistic director Thom Powers. “We’re experiencing more filmmakers from around the country and other parts of the world making this a regular stop on their calendar.”

Four awards juries selected films from each of the festival’s Viewfinders, Metropolis, Shorts and inaugural DOC NYC U sections to recognize the winners for their outstanding achievements in form and content. Festival audiences voted for the SundanceNow Doc Club Audience Award. Below are the 2015 DOC NYC winners.

Viewfinders Competition 
Grand Jury Prize Winner: “Motley’s Law,” directed by Nicole Horanyi
Special Mention: “Newman,” directed by Jon Fox

Metropolis Competition
Grand Jury Prize Winner: “Class Divide,” directed by Marc Levin
Special Mention: “Missing People,” directed by David Shaprio 

Shorts Competition
Grand Jury Prize Co-Winner: “Pink Boy,” directed by Eric Rockey
Grand Jury Prize Co-Winner: “The Surrender,” directed by Stephen Maing
Special Mention: “A Passion of Gold and Fire,” directed by Sebastien Pins
Special Mention: “The Bad Boy of Bowling,” directed by Bryan Storkel
Special Mention: “German Shepherd,” directed by Nils Bergendal

DOC NYC U Competition
Best Film: “Fairy Tales,” directed by Rongfei Guo
Special Mention: “Alive and Kicking,” directed by Lara-Ann de Wet
Special Mention: “Last Days of Domino,” directed by Yuqi Kang

SundanceNow Doc Club Audience Award
Winner: “Left on Purpose,” directed by Justin Schein and co-directed by David Mahlman

More information about DOC NYC 2015 can be found on the festival website.

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