The International Documentary Association (IDA) has voted its nominations and honorary awards for their December 2 event at Los Angeles’ Directors Guild. The Career Achievement Award will go to filmmaker Les Blank. Past recipients of the award include Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, and Michael Moore. The Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award will go to Danfung Dennis, director of Afghanistan war doc Hell and Back Again (pictured), which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and won the fest’s World Cinena Jury Award and the World Cinema Cinematography Award.
The nominees for Best Feature are: Better this World, How To Die In Oregon, Nostalgia for the Light, The Redemption of General Butt Naked and The Tiniest Place; nominees for Best Short are: Broken Doors, Maya Deren’s Sink, Poster Girl, Minka and The Warriors of Qiugang (details below). Winners in these categories will be selected via an online viewing and voting process.
Additional category nominees are also listed below:
Feature Film Nominees
BETTER THIS WORLD, Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega’s riveting account of two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas who wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, Peter Richardson’s life-affirming and staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity; Chilean master director Patricio Guzmán’s moving, and deeply personal odyssey.
NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT; Daniele Anastasion and Eric Strauss’ compelling portrait.
THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED, which confronts hard questions about both the power and limits of forgiveness in a nation searching for healing and justice.
THE TINIEST PLACE (EL LUGAR MAS PEQUENO), Tatiana Huezo’s story of an annihilated Salvadorian town that re-emerges through the strength and deep love of its inhabitants for the land and the people.
Short Film Nomiees
BROKEN DOORS, Goro Toshima’s look at a young, homeless couple, struggling to survive on the streets of Hollywood.
Barbara Hammer’s MAYA DEREN’S SINK, an engaging tribute to the mother of avant-garde American film.
MINKA, Davina Pardo’s intimate story about architecture, memory and the meaning of home.
Sara Nesson’s POSTER GIRL, a portrait of an all-American high-school cheerleader turned ‘poster girl’ for women in combat struggling with the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress order (PTSD).
THE WARRIORS OF QIUGANG, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon’s look at villagers in a remote district of central China who battle a chemical company that is poisoning their water and air.
Continuing Series Award
30 FOR 30 (ESPN Films)
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (WGBH)
THE PASSIONATE EYE (CBC), POV (American Documentary, Inc. | POV)
Limited Series nominees
BOOMTOWN (Planet Green)
IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON’T RISE (HBO Documentary Films)
ON SERIES (Current), MICHAEL FEINSTEIN’S AMERICAN SONGBOOK (PBS)
THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT (Discovery World HD) The IDA HUMANITAS Award
THE CARRIER (Maggie Betts, Director)
HOW TO DIE IN OREGON (Peter Richardson, Director) – pictured
THE LEARNING (Ramona Diaz, Director)
POSITION AMONG THE STARS (Leonard Retel Helmrich, Director)
THE TINIEST PLACE (EL LUGAR MAS PEQUENO) (Tatiana Huezo, Director)
Five student films are nominated for the DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
GUAÑAPE SUR (János Richter, Director)
HEART-QUAKE (Mark Olexa, Director)
RIVER OF VICTORY (Trevor Wright, Director)
SMOKE SONGS (Briar March, Director)
TRANSIT (Regina Tan, Director)
Nominees for the ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD, which recognizes the use of news footage in documentary filmmaking include
BEST BAND IN THE LAND (Amber Edwards, Director/Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook- Episode 2)
THE GREEN WAVE (Ali Ahadi, Director)
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS (Judith Ehrlich & Rick Goldsmith, Directors/POV)
THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH (Chad Freidrichs, Director)
REAGAN (Eugene Jarecki, Director/HBO Documentary Films)