“Crash Reel,” “Square,” “Stories,” “Killing” vie for DGA doc prize

The Crash Reel (pictured), Stories We Tell, The Square, Cutie and the Boxer and The Act of Killing will vie for the Directors Guild of America's documentary award.
January 13, 2014

The Crash Reel (pictured), Stories We Tell, The Square, Cutie and the Boxer and The Act of Killing will vie for the Directors Guild of America’s (DGA) documentary award.

The winner will be announced at the 66th annual DGA Awards ceremony, which is hosted by Jane Lynch and takes place on January 25 in LA.

The news comes after the DGA last week announced its nominees in the reality category.

“The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its complications,” said DGA president Paris Barclay in a statement. “From intricate family portrayals to lives caught in political upheaval, these works are intimate, heartbreaking and triumphant. My congratulations to each of the nominees.”

The full list of documentary award nominees, with credits provided by the DGA, follows below:

Zachary Heinzerling

Cutie and the Boxer

Radius TWC
Ex Lion Tamer
Cine Mosaic

This is Heinzerling’s first DGA Award nomination.

Jehane Noujaim

The Square

Participant Media
Noujaim Films
Maktube Productions
Roast Beef Productions

This is Noujaim’s third DGA Award nomination.  She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.

Joshua Oppenheimer

The Act of Killing

Final Cut for Real APS
Drafthouse Films
Piraya Films
Novaya Zemlya Ltd.
Spring Films Ltd.

This is Oppenheimer’s first DGA Award nomination.

Sarah Polley

Stories We Tell

Roadside Attractions
The National Film Board of Canada

This is Polley’s first DGA Award nomination.

Lucy Walker

The Crash Reel

HBO Documentary Films
KP Rides Again, LLC
Impact Partners
Tree Tree Tree Production

This is Walker’s first DGA Award nomination.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.