Cinema Eye Honors Unveil 7th Annual Documentary Nominees

The annual Cinema Eye Honors unveiled its nominations, spotlighting the year's non-fiction work. Five films received nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking including New Directors/New Films '13 documentaries The Act of Killing by Jeff Oppenheimer  and Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley. Also vying for the top prize, the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking award are Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's After Tiller, which ran as a first-run at Film Society of Lincoln Center as well as Zachary Heinzerling's Cutie and the Boxer and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s Leviathan.

In all, Cutie and the Boxer led with six nominations, while The Act of Killing received five Wednesday afternoon when the nominations were unveiled at the Film Society's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Last year's top Cinema Eye prize went to 5 Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.

Women filmmakers dominated the Director category Wednesday, marking the first time that more females received nominations than men. Shane and Wilson received a nomination for After Tiller, while Castaing-Taylor and Paravel did as well for Leviathan, Polley for Stories We Tell and Tinatin Gurchiani for The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear. Also in the category are Oppenheimer for The Act of Killing and Alan Berliner for First Cousin Once Removed.

Cinema Eye unveiled its inaugural award for Nonfiction Films Made for Television, with HBO Documentary Films receiving four of six nominations in the category. This year's list includes: Lucy Walker’s The Crash Reel, Dawn Porter’s Gideon’s Army, Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God and Sebastian Junger’s Which Way to the Front Line From Here: The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington.  PBS nabbed the other two nominations, one for Susan Lacy’s Inventing David Geffen (American Masters) and Christine Turner’s Homegoings (POV). HBO Documentary Films' Sheila Nevins received four nominations, while Sara Bernstein received three. The new television award "recognizes the key producers from the network," organizers noted.

Ten contenders were named for Cinema Eye’s Audience Choice Prize, which includes many of the most talked about and beloved documentaries of the year, including Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet From Stardom, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Blackfish, Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s Muscle Shoals, Mona Eldaeif and Jehane Noujaim’s Rafea: Solar Mama, Dave Grohl’s Sound City and Jehane Noujaim’s The Square.  The double nomination for Noujaim in the category was another first - a director with two films nominated in the same category in the same year.

Winners of the 7th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced at a ceremony in early January 2014 in New York City. Details about this year’s ceremony, including date, venue and key sponsors, will be announced shortly.  

The Cinema Eye Honors were founded in 2007 to recognize excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking.  It was the first and remains the only international nonfiction award to recognize the whole creative team, presenting annual craft awards in directing, producing, cinematography, editing, composing and graphic design/animation.

7th Annual Cinema Eye Nominations listed by Category:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

The Act of Killing
Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer
Produced by: Signe Byrge Sørensen

After Tiller
Directed by: Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
Produced by: Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

Cutie and the Boxer
Directed by: Zachary Heinzerling
Produced by: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mark Steele

Leviathan
Directed by: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel
Produced by: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel

Stories We Tell
Directed by: Sarah Polley
Produced by: Anita Lee

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

The Act of Killing, Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

After Tiller, Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

First Cousin Once Removed, Directed by Alan Berliner

Leviathan, Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, Directed by Tinatin Gurchiani

Stories We Tell, Directed by Sarah Polley

Outstanding Achievement in Editing

The Act of Killing, Edited by Janus Billeskov Jansen

First Cousin Once Removed, Edited by Alan Berliner

Let the Fire Burn, Edited by Nels Bangerter

Leviathan, Edited by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel

Our Nixon, Edited by Francisco Bello

Outstanding Achievement in Production

The Act of Killing, Signe Byrge Sørensen

After Tiller, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

Dirty Wars, Anthony Arnove, Brenda Coughlin and Jeremy Scahill

Expedition to the End of the World, Michael Haslund-Christensen

The Square, Karim Amer

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

12 O’Clock Boys, Cinematography by Lotfy Nathan

Cutie and the Boxer, Cinematography by Zachary Heinzerling

Dirty Wars, Cinematography by Richard Rowley

Elena, Cinematography by Janice D’avila, Will Etchebehere and Miguel Vassy

Expedition to the End of the World, Cinematography by Martin Munch

Leviathan, Cinematography by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television

The Crash Reel
Directed by Lucy Walker

Produced by Julian Cautherley and Lucy Walker

For HBO Documentary Films: Executive Producer Sheila Nevins; Supervising Producer Sara Bernstein

Gideon’s Army
Directed by Dawn Porter

Produced by Dawn Porter and Julie Goldman

For HBO Documentary Films: Executive Producer Sheila Nevins; Senior Producer Nancy Abraham

Homegoings
Directed by Christine Turner

Produced by Christine Turner

For PBS/POV: Executive Producer Simon Kilmurry

Inventing David Geffen
Directed by Susan Lacy

Produced by Susan Lacy and Jessica Levin

For PBS/American Masters: Executive Producer Susan Lacy

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Directed by Alex Gibney

Produced by Alex Gibney, Alexandra Johnes, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider and Kristen Vaurio

For HBO Documentary Films: Executive Producer Sheila Nevins; Supervising Producer Sara Bernstein

Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
Directed by Sebastian Junger

Produced by Nick Quested and James Brabazon

For HBO Documentary Films: Executive Producer Sheila Nevins; Supervising Producer Sara Bernstein

Audience Choice Prize

20 Feet From Stardom, Directed by Morgan Neville

The Act of Killing, Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

Blackfish, Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

The Crash Reel, Directed by Lucy Walker

Cutie and the Boxer, Directed by Zachary Heinzerling

Muscle Shoals, Directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier

Rafea: Solar Mama, Directed by Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim

Sound City, Directed by Dave Grohl

The Square, Directed by Jehane Noujaim

Stories We Tell, Directed by Sarah Polley

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

12 O’Clock Boys, Directed by Lotfy Nathan

After Tiller, Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

Cutie and the Boxer, Directed by Zachary Heinzerling

Let the Fire Burn, Directed by Jason Osder

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, Directed by Tinatin Gurchiani

Sofia’s Last Ambulance, Directed by Ilian Metev

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

A Band Called Death, Score by Sam Retzer & Tim Boland

Blackfish, Score by Jeff Beal

Cutie and the Boxer, Score by Yasuaki Shimizu

Expedition to the End of the World, Score by Mads Heldtberg

Narco Cultura, Score by Jeremy Turner

Teenage, Score by Bradford Cox

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation

Cutie and the Boxer, Graphics by Art Jail

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, Graphics by Rick Cikowski & Brandon Dumlao

The Fruit Hunters, Graphics by Brandon Blommaert & Fred Casia

Inequality for All, Graphics by Brian Oakes

Maidentrip, Graphics by Margot Tsakiri-Scanatovits & Daniel Chester

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Graphics by Maryanne Butler & Marc Smith

Spotlight Award

Bending Steel, Directed by Dave Carroll

Fuck for Forest, Directed by Michal Marczak

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, Directed by Sophie Huber

The Last Station, Directed by Cristian Soto and Catalina Vergara

The Search for Emak Bakia, Directed by Oskar Algeria

Valentine Road, Directed by Marta Cunningham

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking

Da Vinci, Director: Yuri Ancarani

Death of a Prisoner. Director: Laura Poitras

Outlawed in Pakistan, Director: Habiba Nosheen, Hilke Schellmann

Reindeer, Director: Eva Weber

SLOMO, Director: Josh Izenberg

A Story for the Modlins, Director: Sergio Oksman

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