This past July Enzian decided to help out a couple of old friends while showing two great doc shorts as a double feature in a qualifying theatrical run for this year’s Academy Awards. Well, excellent news has surfaced regarding their status. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that Alice Elliott’s BODY & SOUL: DIANA & KATHY and Cynthia Wade’s FREEHELD have made the “Short List” as the field has narrowed from 23 possible films to 8 in the Documentary Short Subject category. The final selection of between 3 and 5 titles will be announced with the rest of the nominations on January 22nd. So congratulations to Alice and Cynthia for : 1) fulfilling those insane requirements to even qualify, and 2) for making it this far (though we were confident). We’ll be pulling for you to get those Oscar nominations the films so richly deserve.
Coincidentally (but not necessarily surprisingly), both films were also recently nominated for the prestigious International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards, along with Richard E. Robbins’ exceptional OPERATION HOMECOMING: WRITING THE WARTIME EXPERIENCE. Robbins’ feature, which had its Southeast Premiere at the 2007 Florida Film Festival in March and won a Special Jury Award for Innovative Documentary Storytelling, is one of the more remarkable films about war I’ve ever seen. Besides the Best Feature Film category, OPERATION HOMECOMING is also in the running for the Pare Larentz Award, given to the film that best represents the activist spirit and lyrical vision of its namesake. Winners will be announced at the IDA Awards Gala Benefit on December 7–good luck to all of you.