Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour and Steve James’s film on critic Roger Ebert Life Itself (pictured) are among 36 documentaries nominated for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking.
Founded in 2007, the Cinema Eye organization recognizes the entire creative team behind a documentary, and presents craft awards in categories including directing, producing, cinematography and editing, among others. Nominees for the group’s feature awards are determined by a committee of international documentary programmers.
This year’s contenders for Outstanding Nonfiction Feature are Citizenfour; Life Itself; Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard’s doc on musician Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth; Orlando von Einsiedel’s Virunga, on an African national park; and Jesse Moss’s The Overnighters, about a North Dakota boomtown.
Nominees for the directing prize include Laura Poitras, Jesse Moss, Nick Broomfield for Tales of the Grim Sleeper, as well as Steve James for Life Itself and Robert Greene for Actress - both of whom are also nominated for the editing prize.
Remaining nominees in the editing category are Kate Amend for The Case Against 8, Mathilde Bonnefoy for Citizenfour, David E. Simpson for Life Itself (shared with James), Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden for Ne Me Quitte Pas and Marshall Curry for Point and Shoot.
The cinematography nominees include Erik Wilson for 20,000 Days on Earth; Laura Poitras, Kirsten Johnson, Katy Scoggin and Trevor Paglen for Citizenfour; Ross Kauffman and Rachel Beth Anderson for The E-Team; Niels van Koevorden for Ne Me Quitte Pas; Andrew Droz Palermo for Rich Hill; and Franklin Dow and Orlando von Einsiedel for Virunga.
Elsewhere, nominees for Cinema Eye’s Spotlight Award – which honors films that “have not yet received proper attention” and filmmakers on the rise – include Johanna Hamilton’s 1971, Iva Radivojevic’s Evaporating Borders, Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s An Honest Liar, Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s Living Stars and Farida Pacha’s My Name is Salt.
Meanwhile, nominees for the organization’s second honor for best nonfiction film for television are Bob Smeaton’s American Masters: Jimi Hendrix – Here My Train a Comin’, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s The Education of Muhammad Hussein, Daniel Gordon’s Hillsborough, Nanette Burstein’s The Price of Gold and James Lapine’s Six by Sondheim.
Finally, the 10 films up for the audience choice prize – which is open to the general public, who vote online – include 20,000 Days on Earth, The Case Against 8, Citizenfour, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Finding Vivian Maier, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Keep On Keepin’ On, Life Itself, Mistaken for Strangers and Particle Fever.
Winners of the Cinema Eye Honors will be announced on January 7 in New York at the Museum of the Moving Image.
For a complete list of nominees, please click here.