The 28th edition of the awards will take place on Friday, December 7th at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles.
“This year’s documentaries have once again shown us the power of the documentary art form.” said IDA Executive Director Michael Lumpkin in a statement. “The record number of submissions we received reflects the cultural relevance of documentary storytelling.”
The complete nominees in a selection from the press release below:
The five films nominated in IDA’s Feature category are: THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon’s compelling recounting of the high profile trial and wrongful conviction of five young men in one of New York’s most sensational criminal cases; THE INVISIBLE WAR, Kirby Dick’s exposé of the staggering prevalence of rape in the military, and the profound consequences for those who experience it or try to report it; QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, Lauren Greenfield’s portrait of a modern day Gilded Age family and inside look at the world inhabited only by the super-rich; SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, Malik Bendjelloul’s surprising and uplifting story of the power of music and one man’s journey from obscurity; and WOMEN WITH COWS, Peter Gerdehag’s observational study of the intricate and painful relationship between two sisters bound together by the family farm.
The five nominated films in the Short category are Rebecca Cammisa’s GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS, the story of Dolores Hart’s transformation from 60’s starlet to Mother Prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis; KINGS POINT, Sari Gilman’s poignant portrayal of the denizens of a Florida retirement community; MONDAYS AT RACINE, Cynthia Wade’s story of a Long Island hair salon that provides compassion, inspiration and community to women diagnosed with cancer; OPEN HEART, Kief Davidson’s chronicle of young heart patients in Rwanda and the doctors fighting to save them; and SAVING FACE, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s story of Pakistani women who have survived acid attacks, and the doctor who returns to Pakistan to help them.
Winners in the Best Feature and Best Short categories are selected by IDA’s membership. Screening committees of industry professionals based in New York City, Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles determine other award categories.
Three series are nominated for the Continuing Series Award: AMERICAN MASTERS (THIRTEEN), INDEPENDENT LENS (ITVS), POV (American Documentary | POV). Limited Series nominees are: BOMB PATROL: AFGHANISTAN (NBC/G4), GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD (HBO), ON DEATH ROW (Investigation Discovery), SLAVERY: A 21ST CENTURY EVIL (Al Jazeera English), THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION (HBO).
Nominees for the HUMANITAS Documentary Award, given to a documentarian whose film strives to unify the human family by exploring cultural differences, are: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE AMISH (David Belton, Director), BITTER SEEDS (Micha X. Peled, Director), CALL ME KUCHU (Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Directors), HARVEST OF EMPIRE (Peter Getzel, Eduardo Lopez, Directors), and THE VIRGIN, THE COPTS AND ME (Namir Abdel Messeeh, Director). Five student films are nominated for the DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD: THE A-WORD (Lindsay Ellis, Director), LA CAMIONETA (Mark Kendall, Director), CAPTIVE RADIO (Lauren Rosenfeld, Director), JULIAN (Bao Nguyen, Director), and MEANWHILE IN MAMELODI (Benjamin Kahlmeyer, Director).
Nominees for the ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD, which recognizes the use of news footage in documentary filmmaking include: BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY (Raymond De Felitta, Director), THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, Directors/PBS), THE FAMILY (Hussein Elrazzaz, Director/Al Jazeera English), HARVEST OF EMPIRE (Peter Getzel, Eduardo Lopez, Directors), and WE ARE WISCONSIN (Amie Williams, Director).
In addition to recognizing the year’s best in documentary filmmaking and nonfiction programming, the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards will honor producer Arnold Shapiro with the organization’s Career Achievement Award, and present The Sundance Institute's groundbreaking Documentary Film Program and Fund with the Pioneer Award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to advancing the non-fiction form and providing exceptional vision and leadership to the documentary community.