DOC NYC to honor Kim Longinotto, Tom Quinn

DOC NYC has named British filmmaker Kim Longinotto (pictured) and distributor Tom Quinn as the recipients of its Visionaries Tribute Awards, in addition to unveiling this year's Short List program.
October 8, 2015

Filmmaker Kim Longinotto (pictured) and distributor Tom Quinn will receive this year’s Visionaries Tribute Awards at the DOC NYC Film Festival.

Longinotto, whose recent credits include Dreamcatcher, Love Is All and Salma, will receive the Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence, which goes to a mid-career filmmaker known for observational cinema. The prize comes with a US$5,000 prize.

“Kim has trained her lens with a graceful touch on some of the most heartbreaking stories of women around the globe,” said Jill Drew, general manager of Drew Associates, in a statement. By letting those stories unfold naturally, Kim lets the viewer feel what it’s like to feel our shared humanity.”

The Leading Light Award will go to Quinn, who will distribute Michael Moore’s latest, Where to Invade Next, through his yet-to-be-named distribution venture with Jason Janego and Tim League. As co-founder of Radius-TWC he distributed acclaimed docs such as The Hunting Ground, Citizenfour  and 20 Feet From Stardom.

Prior to that, he acquired docs such as Man on Wire , Food, Inc. and Client 9 while at Magnolia Pictures, and also worked on Super Size Me at Samuel Goldwyn Films.

The pair will be given the awards at the festival’s Visionaries Tribute on November 12 alongside previously announced Lifetime Achievement Award winners Jon Alpert, Barbara Kopple and Frederick Wiseman.

Meanwhile, DOC NYC also unveiled the line-up for the Short List program, which focuses on this year’s most talked-about theatrical docs.

This year’s films are Amy, Best of Enemies, Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution, Cartel Land, Dreamcatcher, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, He Named Me Malala, The Hunting Ground, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Look of Silence, Seymour: An Introduction, What Happened Miss Simone?, Where To Invade Next, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom and The Wolfpack.

The Short List directors will participate in a 90-minute conversation on November 13 at the DOC NYC Morning Manifesto session. Confirmed directors are Evgeny Afineevsky, Kirby Dick, Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Davis Guggenheim, Ethan Hawke, Matthew Heineman, Asif Kapadia, Kim Longinotto, Michael Moore, Brett Morgen, Crystal Moselle, Morgan Neville, Stanley Nelson and Joshua Oppenheimer.

The sixth annual DOC NYC takes place from November 12 to 19. The festival’s complete line-up will be announced on October 14.

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