Cinema Eye names 2015′s “Unforgettables”

Amy Winehouse, Fedor Alexandrovich (pictured) and Iris Apfel are among the non-fiction subjects named in Cinema Eye's annual list of "Unforgettables."
October 29, 2015

Amy Winehouse, Fedor Alexandrovich (pictured) and Iris Apfel are among the non-fiction subjects named in Cinema Eye’s annual list of “Unforgettables.”

In addition to holding the Cinema Eye Honors in January, the organization for non-fiction filmmaking – helmed by documentarian and Field of Vision co-creator AJ Schnack – each year salutes notable film subjects that have appeared in recent docs, in a bid to celebrate the “unique collaborations” between filmmakers and their subjects.

For the 2015 “Unforgettables” list, 20 individuals from 15 films have been selected by this year’s eligible filmmakers as well as Cinema Eye’s nominations committee, which also consists of programmers and curators.

This year’s list includes the following subects:

  • Peter Anton, Almost There
  • Amy Winehouse, Amy
  • Lizzie Velásquez, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story
  • Jose Manuel Mireles, Cartel Land
  • Paul Mangwana, Democrats
  • Brenda Myers-Powell, Dreamcatcher
  • Shannon Whisnant, Finders Keepers
  • Iris Apfel, Iris
  • Adi Rukun, The Look of Silence
  • William “Dub” Lawrence, Peace Officer
  • Fedor Alexandrovich, The Russian Woodpecker
  • Seymour Bernstein, Seymour: An Introduction
  • Yula, Something Better to Come
  • Saeed “Shariff” Torres, (T)error
  • The Angulo Brothers, The Wolfpack

Many of these subjects appear in films that have been submitted for consideration for the 88th Academy Awards. A shortlist for the feature-length documentary category will be announced in December.

“It’s especially appropriate to see that our voters have included our friend Albert Maysles and his subject Iris Apfel, since it was Al’s words about the relationship between subjects and filmmakers at Cinema Eye in 2011 that led us to create this distinctive honor,” said Schnack in a statement.

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