For the first time in Cinema Eye history, two films nominated for Cinema Eye’s nonfiction film craft honors have also been nominated for the Heterodox Award.
Kate Plays Christine (pictured), which looks at the life and death of a Florida news reporter who committed suicide on live television in 1974, was last month nominated for Outstanding Cinematography and Outstanding Original Score for Cinema Eye’s nonfiction film craft honors, while All These Sleepless Nights, which chronicles two Warsaw youth experiencing life to the fullest, was nominated for Outstanding Direction.
Both films held their world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
The remaining three nominees include drama films Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits, Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart and Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull.
The Heterodox Award – which will be presented on Jan. 11 in New York City – honors narrative fiction films that blend together nonfiction elements, content or modes of production. Previous winners have included Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill (2011), Mike Mills’ Beginners (2012), Jem Cohen’s MuseumHours (2013), Carlos Reygados’s Post Tenebras Lux (2014), Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2015) and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2016).
Finalists for the Heterodox Award were whittled down from 10 films selected by the Cinema Eye Honors Nominations Committee, made up of more than 25 international programmers who specialize in nonfiction film.
Cinema Eye will reveal the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award in the coming weeks.