"Brothels" and "Fahrenheit" Share Top IDA Doc Prize
by Eugene Hernandez
Zana Briski & Ross Kauffman's "Born Into Brothels" and Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" shared the top honors in the 20th IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards competition for 2004. Jehane Noujaim's "Control Room" won an honorable mention in the category. The prizes will be presented on December 10th at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.
"Tarnation" director Jonathan Caouette and "Control Room" director Jehane Noujaim will receive the IDA's Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award at this year's ceremony.
"These documentaries were chosen by a jury of peers out of hundreds of films from every part of the world," says IDA Executive Director Sandra Ruch. "Each of them tells an important story that makes a deep and indelible impression. The producers and everyone else involved in creating these films have earned the respect and admiration of their peers in IDA."
"The New Americans," executive produced by Steve James and Gordon Quinn, won the award for limited series with a specific continuing theme or subject. Meanwhile, "American Masters" was recognized in the continuing series competition.
Bo Boudart and Dale Djerassi's "Oil on Ice" won the 2004 Pare Lorentz Award, honoring "one or more individuals whose work best represents the democratic sensibility, activist spirit and lyrical vision of the legendary documentarian. " Ramona S. Diaz' "Imelda" was the ABC News Video Source competition for a film that uses historic footage to tell a story. "Mighty Times 2: The Children's March" won the short film prize.