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by Eric Eidelstein
January 15, 2014 2:59 PM
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Director Alex Gibney To Receive WGA's Paul Selvin Award

"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. 


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