Five docs vying for Spirit Award

Among the films in the running for the best documentary prize at the upcoming Spirit Awards are The Invisible War, The Waiting Room and The Central Park Five (pictured).
November 27, 2012

Nominations have been announced for the upcoming Spirit Awards, to be presented in February, with five U.S. films vying for the best documentary prize.

Films nominated for the best documentary category include How to Survive a Plague, directed by David France; Marina Abromović: The Artist is Present, directed by Matthew Akers; The Central Park Five, directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon; The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick; and The Waiting Room, directed by Peter Nicks.

The “Truer than Fiction” award, presented to an emerging non-fiction feature director who hasn’t yet received significant recognition in the field, includes a US$25,000 unrestricted grant. Filmmakers up for the honor this year include Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel (Leviathan), Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) and Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims (Only the Young).

The Spirit Awards, produced by non-profit organization Film Independent, are designed to recognize the work of American independent filmmakers – specifically, “artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality.” Only documentaries made by American filmmakers are eligible, while a prize is offered to best international film for narrative features.

The 2013 Spirit Awards will be held in Santa Monica on February 23, 2013. The ceremony will be broadcast on IFC later that evening, at 10 p.m. EST/PST.


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