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CIFF ’16: Cinema Eye names “Unforgettables”

Sharon Jones (pictured), Sonita Alidazeh and Owen Suskindare among the non-fiction subjects named in Cinema Eye’s fourth annual list of “Unforgettables.” In addition to holding the Cinema Eye Honors (which is ...
October 20, 2016

Sharon Jones (pictured), Sonita Alidazeh and Owen Suskindare among the non-fiction subjects named in Cinema Eye’s fourth annual list of “Unforgettables.”

In addition to holding the Cinema Eye Honors (which is sponsored by the Camden International Film Festival) in January, the organization for non-fiction filmmaking – led by documentarian and Field of Vision co-creator AJ Schnack – celebrates every year notable film subjects that have appeared in recent docs in a bid to celebrate the “unique collaborations” between filmmakers and their subjects.

Cinema Eye’s nominations committee selected 18 individuals from across 15 films for the 2016 edition of the Unforgettables list. The committee comprises leading documentary film programmers, curators and filmmakers in the running for this year’s Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short awards.

Finalists for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short will be unveiled on Nov. 2 in New York City, with the winner announced at the 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Ceremony on Jan. 11, 2017. Unforgettables, meanwhile, will be acknowledged at the Cinema Eye Honors Lunch, held on Jan. 10 in Manhattan.

This year’s list includes the following subects:

Elsewhere, the Museum of the Moving Image has unveiled its 10-week series highlighting films from the first Cinema Eye Honors Decade via the “Pushing the Envelope: A Decade of Documentary’s Cinema Eye Honors” series. It will kick off Nov. 4 with the first winner of Cinema Eye’s Outstanding Nonfiction Feature award, Jason Kohn’s Manda Bala (Send a Bullet).

The film series will continue through November and December with Cinema Eye-winning films from Laura Poitras, Sarah Polley, Banksy, Joshua Oppenheimer, Asif Kapadia, James Marsh and Bill Ross and Turner Ross. For the full lineup, click here.

“For the fourth year, we are proud to celebrate the collaborative process of documentary filmmaking by acknowledging the role that subjects play in creating many of the year’s best films,” said Cinema Eye MD Will Lennon. “Particularly this year, we note the extraordinary access granted by the subjects and earned by the filmmakers that led to unforgettable moments in nonfiction cinema.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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