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DOC NYC to honor Sheila Nevins and Errol Morris

Director Errol Morris and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins will receive lifetime achievement awards at DOC NYC in November. The eighth annual documentary festival returns to New York from Nov. 9 ...
August 17, 2017

Director Errol Morris and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins will receive lifetime achievement awards at DOC NYC in November.

The eighth annual documentary festival returns to New York from Nov. 9 to 16, showcasing more than 100 features, over 100 shorts, and some 40 panels.

Morris and Nevins will receive their awards at the festival’s fourth annual Visionaries Tribute lunch.

“Our visionaries tribute is a rare gathering of the documentary community to celebrate those who have left an indelible mark on the field,” said DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers, in a statement.

Morris’s body of work includes films such as Gates of Heaven, Cheap & Out of Control, Mr. Death, the Oscar-winning The Fog of War; and Standard Operating Procedure.

His film Tabloid was the closing night film of DOC NYC 2010, and The Unknown Known was the opening night film of the 2013 festival. His latest film is The B-Side, while his Netflix series, Wormwood, will debut later this year.

As president of HBO Documentary Films, Nevins has supervised the production of over 1,000 documentary programs for the network. She has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s documentaries have gone on to win 26 Academy Awards. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales.

Past lifetime achievement recipients include Jon Alpert, Jonathan Demme, Chris Hegedus, Barbara Kopple, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, Stanley Nelson and Frederick Wiseman.

Two more Visionaries Tribute honorees will be announced in the fall for the Leading Light Award, given to a mid-career industry leader; and the Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence that goes to a mid-career filmmaker.

The honorees are selected by the festival programming team, based on recommendations from the visionaries host committee.

The host committee for the event includes filmmakers Ezra Edelman, Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Laura Poitras, Morgan Spurlock, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus and more.

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