“Meru,” “Best of Enemies” among Spirit Awards noms

The two docs are among the six nominees for best documentary picture for the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards, taking place on February 27 in Santa Monica. (Pictured: Meru)
November 24, 2015

The 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards have announced their nominees for the upcoming ceremony in February, with several familiar names from the awards circuit gracing the doc nominee list.

Six docs will vie for the honor of best documentary on February 27 in Santa Monica. The nominees, with credits supplied by the Spirit Awards, include:

(T)error – directors/producers: Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe; producer: Christopher St. John
Best of Enemies – directors/producers: Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
Heart of a Dog – director/producer: Laurie Anderson; producer: Dan Janvey
Meru  – directors/producers: Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; producer: Shannon Ethridge
The Look of Silence – director: Joshua Oppenheimer; producer: Singe Byrge Sørensen
The Russian Woodpecker – director/producer: Chad Gracia; producers: Ram Devineni, Mike Lerner

Nominees for the ‘Truer than Fiction’ filmmakers grant, presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention and including a US$25,000 unrestricted grant, are:
Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti, directors of A Woman Like Me
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, director of Incorruptible
Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi, directors of Among the Believers

For a full list of Spirit Awards nominations, click here.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.