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Director Alex Gibney To Receive WGA's Paul Selvin Award

Photo of Eric Eidelstein By Eric Eidelstein | Indiewire January 15, 2014 at 2:59PM

Almost a year after Alex Gibney first premiered his acclaimed and controversial documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" at Sundance, he has been chosen as the Paul Selvin Award recipient by the Writers Guild of America, West. This marks the first time a documentary film has won the honor.
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"We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks"

Almost a year after Alex Gibney first premiered his acclaimed and controversial documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" at Sundance, he has been chosen as the Paul Selvin Award recipient by the Writers Guild of America, West. This marks the first time a documentary film has won the honor. 

“Alex Gibney is one of the foremost documentary filmmakers of this generation," said WGAW President Christopher Keyser. "His work has been a filmic conscience for our times. In "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks", Mr. Gibney tackles issues arising out of us living, increasingly, in a surveillance state – from the public’s right to know and the press’ right to publish, to the treatment of whistleblowers."

The Paul Selvin Award (named after the late WGA counsel) is given to a script that "exemplifies the liberties and civil rights that are essential to writers everywhere," a cause that Selvin fervently promoted throughout his career.

Gibney, a three-time Writers Guild Award winner's, screenplay chronicles the rapid emergence of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks and the subsequent consequences that the website--and digital age as a whole--fosters. He previously won an Oscar for "Taxi to the Dark Side," a documentary about the torture policy during the Bush Administration. 

The award will be presented to Gibney on Saturday Feb 1. at the JW Marriot Los Angeles. 


This article is related to: WGA, Awards, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Alex Gibney