By Indiewire | Indiewire October 31, 2002 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: IDA Names Doc Winners and Austin Fest Winners
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> IDA Names Films to be Honored at December Gala Benefit
(indieWIRE: 10.31.02) -- The International Documentary Association (IDA)
announced the winners for its IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement
Awards competition. Marlo Poras' "Mai's America" and Lourdes Portillo's "Senorita Extraviada" took top honors in the feature competition. Both films, distributed by Women Make Movies, explore totally different areas of
human interest. "Mai's America" tells the story of a Hanoi schoolgirl who
takes part in a study abroad program in Mississippi and finds herself living
with a self-described "family of rednecks," while "Senorita Extraviada"
investigates the plague of unsolved rapes and murders of women in Juarez,
Mexico. Both films will receive their awards during an awards gala benefit
at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Hollywood.
Other work receiving IDA honors include "American Experience: Woodrow
Wilson" directed by Carl Byker and Mitch Wilson, which will take the Limited Series competition for segments of a series. "History Undercover: Inside Pol
Pot's Secret Prison" won the Continuing Series competition presented by the
History Channel. The story focuses on the secret interrogation and torture
center used by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia to kill suspected traitors in the
1970s. Erin Flannery's "Judy's Time," about a mother of five who became a
world champion tri-athlete, won in the shorts category, while the IDA/ABC
News Video Source award, presented to a documentarian who makes the best use
of historic footage, will go to "Bringing Down a Dictator" by Steve York
(director) and Peter Ackerman (executive producer). The film chronicles the
fall of Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic.
IDA will present its 2002 Pare Lorentz award to producers Brad Grey, John Hoffman ,and Sheila Nevins for the Brad Grey Pictures and HBO presentation "In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01." The award, sponsored by the Pare Lorentz Foundation, recognizes individuals whose works "best represent the democratic sensibility, and lyrical vision of the legendary documentarian." Also, Ken Burns, who has made 19 docs beginning with 1980s Oscar-nominated "Brooklyn Bridge," will receive this year's career achievement award. [Brian Brooks]
>> "Washington Heights" Wins Austin Fest Top Prize
(indieWIRE: 10.31.02) -- "Washington Heights" was selected as the best
competition feature film at the 2002 Austin Festival, held earlier this
month in Texas. The film, directed by Alfredo De Villa, was written by De
Villa and Nat Moss. The festival's audience award for best competition film
went to G.L. Zevin's "Alma Mater." The best doc prize went to Paul Justman's "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."
In the festival's screenplay competitions, Robert Soderstrom's "Jerusalem"
was the adult winner and Glenn Forbes "Head First, Face Down" won the comedy award.
In the short film competition, Chase Palmer won the best short prize for
"Neo-Noir" and Ellen-Alinda Vernhoeff nabbed the student short prize for
"Abbie Down East." The shorts audience prizes went to Wayne McClammy and Joshua J. Smith for "Triple Threat" for best short, and Maggie Carey's "Dance Club" for best student short. [Eugene Hernandez]
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