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“Our America,” “Citizenfour” win IDA Awards

Laura Poitras's Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour and OWN series Our America with Lisa Ling (pictured) won prizes for best feature doc and episodic series respectively, at the 30th annual IDA Documentary Awards.
December 6, 2014

Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour and former OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network series Our America with Lisa Ling (pictured) took home prizes for best feature doc and episodic series respectively, at the 30th annual IDA Documentary Awards.

Presented during a ceremony at LA’s Paramount Theater on Friday evening (December 5), Poitras’s Oscar-shortlisted doc bested fellow feature doc nominees Finding Vivian MaierPoint and ShootThe Salt of the Earth and Tales of the Grim Sleeper.

Elsewhere, Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke’s Tashi and the Monk picked up the best short award, and director Darius Clark Monroe was given the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for his film Evolution of a Criminal.

Meanwhile, OWN’s Our America with Lisa Ling - which ended its five-season run on the network this past summer ahead of the host’s move to CNN – took the best episodic series award, beating out HBO’s Vice; OWN and Harpo Studios’ Oprah’s Master Class; CNN and Warrior Poets’ Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man; and CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

Winning the curated series award was PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens,’ while the limited series prize went to Showtime’s end-of-life docuseries Time of Death. Rounding out the series awards was NPR’s multi-platform series Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt.

As previously reported, IDA’s Career Achievement Award – presented to a filmmaker who has made a significant impact on the doc genre – was presented by documentarian Barbara Kopple to actor-director and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford; while Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, founders of prodco World of Wonder, were the recipients of IDA’s Pioneer Award, given to individuals advancing the non-fiction form.

Please see below for a full list of award winners:

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Robert Redford 

PIONEER AWARD
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

PRESERVATION AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Rithy Panh

EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD sponsored by Red Fire Films and Modern VideoFilm
Darius Clark Monroe

BEST FEATURE AWARD
Citizenfour
Director: Laura Poitras
RADiUS-TWC, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films

BEST SHORT AWARD
Tashi and the Monk
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
HBO Documentary Films

BEST CURATED SERIES AWARD
Independent Lens
Executive producer: Sally Jo Fifer
Deputy executive producer: Lois Vossen
Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with PBS

BEST LIMITED SERIES AWARD
Time of Death
Executive producers: Cynthia Childs, Dan Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Alexandra Lipsitz
Co-executive producers: Miggi Hood, Sandy Shapiro
Showtime

BEST EPISODIC SERIES AWARD
Our America with Lisa Ling
Executive producers: Amy Bucher, Gregory Henry, Lisa Ling, David Shadrack Smith
OWN

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES AWARD
Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt
Executive producer: Alex Blumberg
NPR

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
My Dad’s a Rocker
Director: Zuxin Hou
University of Southern California 

HUMANITAS DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Limited Partnership
Director: Thomas G. Miller
PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’

PARE LORENTZ AWARD
Tashi and the Monk
Directors: Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke
HBO Documentary Films 

ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD
1971
Director: Johanna Hamilton
PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’

CREATIVE RECOGNITION AWARD WINNERS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY presented by Canon
Elevator
Cinematography by Hatuey Viveros Lavielle 

BEST EDITING
Last Days in Vietnam
Editing by Don Kleszy

BEST MUSIC
Alfred and Jakobine
Music by Nick Urata 

BEST WRITING
Finding Vivian Maier
Written by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

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