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Exclusive: Cinema Eye Honors Announces the 2016 Influentials List

Exclusive: Cinema Eye Honors Announces the 2016 Influentials List

The Cinema Eye Honors have released the 25 nonfiction features that have been named to the 2016 edition of its annual The Influentials list. The titles represent films that have inspired the directors of the documentaries that are eligible for the 2016 awards.

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Among the films on this year’s list are five that have been named Cinema Eye Legacy Award winners: “Sherman’s March,” “Grey Gardens,” “Titticut Follies,” “Harlan County USA” and “Paris is Burning.” Several films are making their first appearance on the list this year, including Ross McElwee’s “Six O’Clock News,” Steve James’ “Stevie,” Marlon Riggs’ “Tongues Tied” and Frederick Wiseman’s “Welfare.”

“Each year, we ask filmmakers to name the classic documentaries that were on their minds while they were working on their films,” said Cinema Eye Lead Producer Will Lennon. “This is not a ‘best of’ list, but, perhaps as importantly, a list of work that inspires and retains its vitality to today’s filmmakers.”

This is the third year that the Cinema Eye Honors has announced The Influentials. More than 70 of this year’s eligible filmmakers submitted their votes. The 2016 list includes:

“American Movie” /  Chris Smith (1999)

“Bowling for Columbine” / Michael Moore (2002)
“Burden of Dreams” / Les Blank (1982)
“Crumb” / Terry Zwigoff (1994)

“Don’t Look Back” / D.A. Pennebaker (1967)

“F for Fake” / Orson Welles (1973)
“Fog of War” / Errol Morris (2003)

“Gates of Heaven” / Errol Morris (1978)
“Gimme Shelter” / Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin (1970)

“The Gleaners and I” / Agnès Varda (2000)

“Grey Gardens” / Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer (1975)

“Grizzly Man” / Werner Herzog (2005)

“Harlan County, USA” / Barbara Kopple (1976)
“Hearts and Minds” / Peter Davis (1974)
“Hoop Dreams” / Steve James (1994)
“Paris is Burning” / Jennie Livingston (1991)
“Salesman” / Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin (1968)

“Sherman’s March” / Ross McElwee (1985)

“Six O’Clock News” / Ross McElwee (1996)
“Stevie” / Steve James (2002)
“The Thin Blue Line” / Errol Morris (1988)

“Titicut Follies” / Frederick Wiseman (1967)

“Tongues Untied” / Marlon Riggs (1989)
“Welfare” / Frederick Wiseman (1975)
“When We Were Kings” / Leon Gast (1996)

The 9th edition of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking will be held on January 13, 2016 at New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Nominees for the 2016 awards will be announced on November 11 at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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