Directors Guild of Canada doc noms announced

Sturla Gunnarsson's Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (pictured) is one of four Canadian documentaries up for the Allan King Award this year.
August 17, 2011

The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) has announced its nominees for this year’s awards ceremony, with 76 nominations in 19 categories emerging from close to 175 submissions.

Four projects are up for the Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary: Sturla Gunnarsson’s Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (pictured); Mike Downie’s One Ocean: The Birth of an Ocean; Albert Kish’s Paul Quarrington: Life in Music; and Barbara Doran’s Where Did I Put My Memory?

Also being recognized by the DGC this year is Michael Spencer, who will receive the DGC Honourable Life Member award. Spencer, who began his career in film by shooting documentaries in the 1940s, worked with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) as a director, producer and administrator.

While at the NFB, as director of planning, Spencer began the process that led to the formation of the Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC), for which he became executive director in 1969. The CFDC eventually became Telefilm Canada.

Elsewhere, docudrama Storming Juno racked up three nominations, including one for best television movie/mini-series.

The DGC Awards take place in Toronto on October 29.

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