“5 Broken Cameras,” “Imposter” among Cinema Eye winners
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s Israel/Palestine doc 5 Broken Cameras was named Outstanding Feature at the 6th annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, with The Imposter, Bully and Detropia winning in other categories.
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia was the only film to win two awards, picking up Outstanding Direction for duo, and Outstanding Original Score for Dial.81. Elsewhere, Doc Hot Shot honorees Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims took the honors for Outstanding Debut for their doc Only the Young.
Dimitri Doganis received the prize for Outstanding Production for The Imposter, T. Woody Richman and Tyler H. Walk won for Outstanding Editing for How to Survive a Plague, Jeff Orlowski took Outstanding Cinematography for Chasing Ice, and Oskar Gullstrand and Arvid Steen won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation for Searching for Sugar Man.
Lee Hirsch’s Bully received the Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize, after “a frenzied final 48 hours of voting that saw more than 4,500 cast votes online and via Twitter,” according to Cinema Eye.
The Spotlight Award went to Wojciech Staron’s Argentinian Lesson, the Heterodox Award went to Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours, and the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking went to Robert-Jan Lacombe’s Goodbye Mandima (Kwa Heri Mandima).
Filmmakers Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker, who picked up the Legacy Award for their classic doc The War Room, were on hand to present the Outstanding Achievement prize to 5 Broken Cameras.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore accepted the award on behalf of Burnat and Davidi. “I personally feel it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of artistic cinema,” said Moore of 5 Broken Cameras. “You don’t see this on the evening news. You don’t see Palestinians portrayed this way.”