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:
- Michal Huszcza, All These Sleepless Nights
- Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, Audrie and Daisy
- Laura Albert, Author: The JT LeRoy Story
- Kirsten Johnson, Cameraperson
- Aisholpan Nurgaiv, The Eagle Huntress
- Samuele Pucillo, Fire At Sea
- Steve Gleason and Michel Varisco, Gleason
- Ye Haiyan, Hooligan Sparrow
- Kate Shiel, Kate Plays Christine
- Owen Suskind, Life, Animated
- Sharon Jones, Miss Sharon Jones!
- Peter Dunning, Peter and the Farm
- Princess Shaw, Presenting Princess Shaw
- Sonita Alidazeh, Sonita
- Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, Weiner
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.”