The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 10 documentary filmmakers to join the organization, including issuing its first posthumous invite, to Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington.
Hetherington, who was killed in Libya in April, was a 2010 nominee for the film he co-directed with Sebastian Junger, Restrepo. The Documentary Branch proposed that Hetherington’s name be included among the year’s invitees, to which the governors agreed.
The Academy’s Documentary Branch extended invites to Jon Alpert (China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, Lock-up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island), Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Fighter), Lesley Chilcott (Waiting for ‘Superman’, It Might Get Loud) and Carl Deal (Capitalism: A Love Story, Trouble the Water).
This year’s best documentary feature winner Charles Ferguson (Inside Job) received an invitation, as did both Hetherington and Junger (Restrepo).
Thomas Lennon (The Warriors of Qiugang, The Blood of Yingzhou District), Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann (Waiting for ‘Superman’, Food Inc.) and Ruby Yang (The Blood of Yingzhou District, The Warriors of Qiugang) also received invitations.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy president Tom Sherak. “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”