The finalists for Outstanding Non-Fiction Filmmaking for Television are the first to be announced for the 9th annual awards, which will be given out during a ceremony in New York City in January.
Gibney is the first director to be shortlisted twice in the TV category. He is up for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (pictured), his investigation into the finances and leadership culture in the Church of Scientology, as well his James Brown bio, Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown.
Both films are among five HBO docs on the shortlist. The other three are Cynthia Hill’s Private Violence, Nancy Kates’ Regarding Susan Sontag and Erin Lee Carr’s Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop.
Meanwhile, CNN Films made the list twice for Joe Berlinger‘s Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger and Jose Antonio Vargas’ Documented.
Berlinger previously won a Cinema Eye Honor for his Paradise Lost trilogy along with his late collaborator, Bruce Sinofsky.
PBS current affairs program ‘Frontline’ is also on the list twice for Marcela Gaviria’s Firestone and the Warlord and Daniel Edge’s Outbreak.
Alex Winter‘s Deep Web, which aired on Epix following its world premiere at SXSW in March, rounds out the shortlist. The doc looks at the case of Ross Ulbricht, who was convicted of being the creator of the online black market known as the Silk Road.
The nominees will be announced in November at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen when the rest of Cinema Eye’s nominations are unveiled.
To qualify, films must have aired between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015, and have received financial support from the network during production and/or post production. Acquisitions are not eligible.