Cinema Eye unveils TV doc shortlist

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (pictured) and Louie Psihoyos' Racing Extinction are among the docs to have been shortlisted for the Cinema Eye Honors' Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Television Award.
June 21, 2016

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato‘s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (pictured) for HBO and Louie PsihoyosRacing Extinction for Discovery are among the 10 documentary features shortlisted for the Cinema Eye Honors’ Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Television Award.

Acclaimed Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer from Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos has also made the 2017 shortlist, marking the first series in the award’s four year history to do so.

HBO Documentaries films is behind half of the films on this year’s shortlist while both Netflix and Discovery Channel are represented by two films each, with A&E having one in the list.

To be eligible, films needed to be broadcast between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016 and must have received financial support during the production or post-production processes. Projects developed for linear television or the web with runtimes greater than 30 minutes were also eligible.

Semi-finalists were selected by a nominating committee comprised of non-fiction curators and programmers, including Joanne Feinberg, former director of programming for Ashland Film Festival; Tom Hall, executive director at Montclair Film Festival; Sarah Harris, senior programmer at Dallas Film Festival; Doug Jones, executive director at Images Cinema; Lane Kneedler, associate director of programming at AFI Fest; Jim Kolmar, film programmer at SXSW; Andrea Passafiume, former director of programming, AFI Docs; Andrew Rodgers, executive director at Denver Film Society; and Sadie Tillery, director of programming at Full Frame Film Festival.

Previous winners of the award – now in its fourth year – include Lucy Walker‘s The Crash Reel (HBO), Nanette Burstein‘s The Price of Gold (ESPN) and Cynthia Hill‘s Private Violence (HBO).

Nominees for the 2017 Honor for Television Nonfiction Award will be unveiled this fall.

The 10th annual Cinema Eye Honors is slated to take place in January 2017 in New York.

The 10 semi-finalists are listed as follows:

3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (HBO)
Directed by Marc Silver

Happy Valley (A&E)
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev

Heroin, Cape Cod, USA (HBO)
Directed by Steven Okazaki

How to Dance in Ohio (HBO)
Directed by Alexandra Shiva

Making a Murderer (Netflix)
Directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos

Mavis! (HBO)
Directed by Jessica Edwards

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (HBO)
Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

My Beautiful Broken Brain (Netflix)
Directed by Lotje Sodderland and Sophie Robinson

Racing Extinction (Discovery)
Directed by Louie Psihoyos

Sherpa (Discovery)
Directed by Jennifer Peedom

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