Dan Lindsay & T.J. Martin’s LA 92 (pictured) for National Geographic and Ava DuVernay‘s 13th and Werner Herzog’s Into the Inferno, both for Netflix, are among the 10 documentary features shortlisted for the Cinema Eye Honors’ Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Broadcast.
Digital streaming giant Netflix is behind half of the films on this year’s shortlist, with HBO following closely behind with three nominations. Meanwhile, National Geographic and PBS’s long-standing documentary strand ‘American Masters’ close out the list with one nod each.
To be eligible, films needed to be broadcast between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017 and must have received financial support during the production or post-production processes. Projects developed for linear television, streaming or the web with runtimes greater than 30 minutes were also eligible.
Entries may be stand-alone films or mini-series, provided the mini-series has a single, contained narrative over multiple episodes and a single director or team credited for every episode.
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; Elena Fortes former director of Ambulante 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; Andrew Rodgers, executive director at Denver Film Society; and Sky Sitney, co-director of Double Exposure Film Festival.
Previous winners of the award – now in its fifth year – include Lucy Walker‘s The Crash Reel (HBO), Nanette Burstein‘s The Price of Gold (ESPN), Cynthia Hill‘s Private Violence (HBO) and Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos‘ Making a Murderer (Netflix).
Final nominees for the 2018 Honor for Broadcast Nonfiction Award will be unveiled this fall alongside Cinema Eye nominees in 11 other film and craft categories.
Winners for the 11th annual Cinema Eye Honors will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York in January 2018. For more information, click here.
A full list of shortlist semi-finalists is below:
13th | Netflix
Directed by Ava Duvernay
Abortion: Stories Women Tell | HBO
Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos
Bright Lights: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds | HBO
Directed by Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom
Five Came Back | Netflix
Directed by Laurent Bouzereau
Into the Inferno | Netflix
Directed by Werner Herzog
The Keepers | Netflix
Directed by Ryan White
LA 92 | National Geographic
Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin
Last Chance U | Netflix
Directed by Greg Whiteley and Adam Ridley
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You | American Masters/PBS
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison | HBO
Directed by Kristi Jacobson