LOS ANGELES, CA â€“Â Winners in the International Documentary Associationâ€™s 2015 IDA Documentary Awards were announced during tonightâ€™s program at the Paramount Theatre, giving Joshua Oppenheimerâ€™s THE LOOK OF SILENCE top honors with the Best Feature Award. This critically acclaimed, powerful companion piece to the OscarÂ®-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.
Also announced in the ceremony was the Best Short Award, which honored LAST DAY OF FREEDOM, directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman. The film is an animated account of Bill Babbittâ€™s decision to support and help his brother in the face of war, crime and capital execution.
Grammy-nominated comedian Tig NotaroÂ hosted the ceremony, which gathered the documentary community to honor the best nonfiction films and programming of 2015.
IDAâ€™s Career Achievement Award was presented to Gordon Quinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films. He has produced, directed and/or been cinematographer on over 55 films across five decades.Â A longtime activist for public and community media, Quinn was integral to the creation of ITVS, public access television in Chicago; in developing the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practice in Fair Use; and in forming the Indie Caucus to support diverse independent voices on Public Television. Over 50 years at Kartemquin, Quinn has inspired and guided an immeasurable number of media makers whose films have left a lasting impact on millions of viewers.Â Chaz Ebert, whose husband Roger Ebert was the subject of Quinnâ€™s film Life Itself, and Haskell Wexler, influential cinematographer, producer and director, presented Quinn with the award.
Actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk awarded the organization’s Pioneer Award to Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer at Netflix, in recognition of the companyâ€™s game-changing and unwavering support of creating and showcasing nonfiction programming.Â The Pioneer Award is presented by the IDA to acknowledge extraordinary contributions to advancing the nonfiction form and providing exceptional vision and leadership to the documentary community.
Actor, director and political activist Danny Glover presented Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation (www.berthafoundation.org)Â with the IDAâ€™s Amicus Award in recognition of their work supporting the essential needs of the non-fiction media landscape. The Bertha Foundationâ€™s Media Program specifically aims to nurture global talent, expose relevant stories and connect them to audiences for powerful, positive social impact. Since its inception the foundation has supported over 200 films, including the OscarÂ®-winning film Citizenfour (2014) and the OscarÂ®-nominated films Virunga (2014), Dirty Wars (2013) and The Square (2013).
Academy AwardÂ®-winning director Kathryn Bigelow awarded Matthew Heineman the IDAâ€™s Courage Under Fire Award, in recognition of conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth. This award is presented to documentary filmmakers by their peers for putting freedom of speech â€“ represented in the crafts of documentary filmmaking and journalism â€“ above all else, even their own personal safety. Heinemanâ€™s gripping film, CARTEL LAND, documents two modern-day vigilante movements â€“ Dr. Joe Mirelesâ€™s citizen-led uprising against a violent drug cartel wreaking havoc in Mexico and the Arizona Border Recon led by Tim â€œNailerâ€ Foley, which is working to prevent Mexicoâ€™s drug wars from crossing into the United States.
The Pare Lorentz Award recognizes films that demonstrate exemplary filmmaking while focusing on environmental and social issues. Actress and environmental activist Kristin Davis presented this yearâ€™s Pare Lorentz Award to the film HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, directed by Jerry Rothwell, the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.
The IDA Creative Recognition Awards honor excellence in cinematography, composing, editing and writing in documentary feature films. The recipients of these awards represent the highest achievements in their respective crafts, and highlight the importance of their work in compelling documentary storytelling. At the IDA Documentary Awards ceremony, THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER (cinematography by Artem Ryzhykov) was recognized with the award for Best Cinematography; KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (edited by Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen) received the Best Editing award; BEST OF ENEMIES (original score by Jonathan Kirkscey) was presented with the Best Music award, and LISTEN TO ME MARLON (written by Stevan Riley, co-writer Peter Ettedgui) received the Best Writing award.
BEST OF ENEMIES picked up the ABC News VideoSource Award; HBOâ€™s THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURSTÂ received the Best Limited Series Award;Â Â and Netflixâ€™s CHEFâ€™S TABLE took home the Best Episodic Series Award.
The 31stÂ Annual IDA Documentary Awards took place on Saturday, December 5thÂ at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
A complete list of winners follows:
FULL LIST OF 2015 IDA DOCUMENTARY AWARDS HONOREES & WINNERS:
Career Achievement Award:
Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation
Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award sponsored by the Archibald Family Foundation:
Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
Courage Under Fire Award:
Best Feature Award:
The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer: Signe Byrge SÃ¸rensen
Drafthouse Films and Participant Media
Best Short Award:
Last Day of Freedom
Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Pare Lorentz Award:
How to Change the World
Director: Jerry Rothwell
Creative Recognition Award Winners
The Russian Woodpecker
Cinematography by: Artem Ryzhykov
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Edited by: Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen
Listen to Me Marlon
Written by: Stevan Riley
Co-Writer: Peter Ettedgui
Best of Enemies
Original Score by: Jonathan Kirkscey
ABC News VideoSource Award:
Best of Enemies
Directors: Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
Best Curated Series Award:
Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen
Executive Producers: Simon Kilmurry and Chris White
Best Limited Series Award:
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Executive Producer: Jason Blum
Co-Executive Producer: Zac Stuart-Pontier
Produced by: Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling
Best Episodic Series Award:
Executive Producers: David Gelb and Andrew Fried
Best Short Form Series Award:
Do Not Track
Executive Producer: Hugues Sweeney
National Film Board of Canada, Upian, Arte, and BR
David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award:
Director: Benjamin Huguet
The National Film and Television School