By Casey Cipriani | Indiewire September 25, 2013 at 2:45PM
The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced their top award recipients for the 2013 IDA Documentary Awards to be held on Dec 6.
The 2013 Career Achievement Award will be presented to Academy Award and Emmy Award winning director Alex Gibney. Known for his critical, investigative pieces, Gibney directed two films released this year which examined public figures. "The Armstrong Lie" focused on the scandals involving cyclist Lance Armstrong, and "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" profiled controversial media figure Julian Assange. Previous recipients of the IDA Career Achievement Award have been given to Michael Moore, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple and Errol Morris.
The Amicus Award, which acknowledges friends of the documentary genre who have contributed to the industry, will be presented to producer Geralyn Dreyfous whose credits include the Academy Award nominated "Born into Brothels" and "The Invisible War," and Emmy Nominated "The Day My God Died." Dreyfous is also the founder and board chair of the Utah Film Center, and co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund, an organization that introduces filmmakers and financiers for documentaries on social change. This will be only the 4th Amicus Award presented in IDA's 29 year history, with Dreyfous being the first female recipient, the previous three having been awarded to Steven Spielberg, John Hendricks and Michael Donaldson.
The Courage Under Fire Award will go to Laura Poitras in recognition of "conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth." Awarded to a documentary filmmaker by their peers, the Courage Under Fire Award is given to those who put freedom of speech above all else, including their own safety. Poitras is working on a trilogy of films about America post 9/11. The first, "My Country, My Country," was nominated for an Academy Award, and Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy Award. The second, "The Oath," received the Sundance Film Festival Award for Excellence in Cinematography for Documentaries, the Gotham Award for Best Documentary, and an award for Outstanding Achievement in Direction at the Cinema Eye Honors. She is currently editing the third film in the series which focuses on NSA surveillance. Previous winners of the Courage Under Fire Award include Christiane Amanpour, Andrew Berends, Jonathan Stack and James Brabazon.
"The outstanding individuals IDA has chosen to honor this year represent the very best of our thriving documentary filmmaking community," said IDA Executive Directo Michael Lumpkin. 'The Dedication of Gibney, Poitras and Dreyfous to the art and craft of nonfiction storytelling has contributed greatly to expanding our understanding of the shared human experience and creating a more informed, compassionate and connected world."
The full list of nominees for additional IDA Documentary Awards will be announced in late October. These three honorees and other winners will be presented with awards at the IDA Documentary Awards Gala on Dec 6 at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.