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IDA Nominations Boost Doc Award Contenders

IDA Nominations Boost Doc Award Contenders

The International Documentary Association (IDA) nominations dropped Wednesday. The 31st edition of the nonfiction filmmaking awards ceremony will be hosted by comedian and author Tig Notaro (“Transparent”) on Saturday, December 5th on the Paramount studio lot in Los Angeles.
Moving forward in the Oscar race are the six IDA-nominated feature films. Four are already considered front-runners and are also on the DOC-NYC Short List of 15:

Asif Kapadia’s “Amy,” A24’s hit doc about the rise and fall of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse.

Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” about the birth of the Black Panther Party and its impact on American culture. 

Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence,” a companion piece to the Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing,” follows a family of survivors of the Indonesian genocide who discover how their son was murdered and the identities of the killers. This also was nominated for a Gotham. 

Liz Garbus’s “What Happened, Miss Simone?” explores the legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

Gaining a boost after being left off the DOC-NYC list are:

Stevan Riley’s “Listen to Me Marlon,” an innovative self-portrait of Marlon Brando culled from his vast archive of personal audio and visual materials, which is also getting the award for Best Writing for written by Riley and his co-writer Peter Ettedgui, and is nominated for a Gotham.

“The Russian Woodpecker,” Chad Gracia’s examination of eccentric Ukranian artist Fedor Alexandrovich’s obsession with Duga – a massive, Soviet-constructed radio antenna near the Chernobyl site that remains shrouded in mystery. The IDA award for  Best Cinematography will go to Artem Ryzhykov.

Left off the nominations for Best Feature are high-profile DOC-NYC short-listers “Best of Enemies” (which gets the Best Music award for Jonathan Kirkscey’s score),”Dreamcatcher,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “He Named Me Malala,” “The Hunting Ground,” “Where to Invade Next,” “Winter on Fire,” and “The Wolfpack” as well as music docs “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” (which gets an editing award instead for Joe Beshenkovsky and director Brett Morgen) and “Seymour: an Introduction”; another well-regarded music doc overlooked by both organizations is Amy Berg’s “Janis: Little Girl Blue.” 
DOC NYC short-listed filmmaker Matthew Heineman (“Cartel Land”) will get the IDA’s “Courage Under Fire Award,” “in recognition of conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth.” Last year’s Oscar-winner Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”) won this award. 
Nominees for the ABC News VideoSource Award, which recognizes “compelling use of news footage in documentary filmmaking,” include: “(T)error” (Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, directors), “Best of Enemies” (Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, directors), “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” (John Pirozzi, director), “Night Will Fall”  (André Singer, director) and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (Liz Garbus, director). The “(T)error” directors will share the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award sponsored by the Archibald Family Foundation.

The full list of nominations for Documentary Feature and Short, Curated and Short Form Series, Student Films and special awards is here. 

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