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“Better This World,” “How to Die in Oregon” vie for IDA prize

The International Documentary Association has unveiled the nominees for its 27th annual awards, with Better This World (pictured) and How to Die in Oregon in the running for the best feature prize, and acclaimed director Les Blank set to receive the Career Achievement Award.
October 28, 2011

The International Documentary Association has unveiled the nominees for its 27th annual awards, with Better This World (pictured) and How to Die in Oregon in the running for the best feature prize, and acclaimed director Les Blank set to receive the Career Achievement Award.

Blank will receive his award from fellow director Werner Herzog, who was also the subject of Blank’s documentary Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, at the awards ceremony in LA on December 2.

Elsewhere, Hell and Back Again director Danfung Dennis has been chosen to receive the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.

In addition to Better This World and How to Die in Oregon, the other nominees competing for the best feature prize are Nostalgia for the Light, The Redemption of General Butt Naked and The Tiniest Place (El Lugar Mas Pequeno).

The full list of nominees is:

Best Feature

Better This World
How to Die in Oregon
Nostalgia for the Light
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
The Tiniest Place (El Lugar Mas Pequeno)

Best Short

Broken Doors
Maya Deren’s Sink
Minka
Poster Girl
The Warriors of Qiugang

Best Limited Series

Boomtown
If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise
Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook
The National Parks Project
On Series

Best Continuing Series

30 for 30
American Experience
The Passionate Eye
POV
Vanguard

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

Guanape Sur
Heart-Quake
River of Victory
Smoke Songs
Transit

Ida Humanitas Award

The Carrier
How to Die in Oregon
The Learning
Position Among the Stars
The Tiniest Place

ABCNews Videosource Award

The Green Wave
Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook: Episode 2, Best Band in the Land
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
POV – The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Reagan

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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