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“The Departure”, “Quest” up for Spirit Awards

The nominations for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which honor films produced in the U.S. for less than USD$20 million, have been revealed. Nominees in the best documentary category — honoring the ...
November 21, 2017

The nominations for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which honor films produced in the U.S. for less than USD$20 million, have been revealed.

Nominees in the best documentary category — honoring the film, the director and the producer — include realscreen‘s MIPCOM Picks Best in Show choice, The Departure (directed and produced by Lana Wilson); Faces Places (directed by Agnés Varda and JR, and produced by Rosalie Varda); Last Men in Aleppo (directed by Feras Feyyad and produced by Kareem Abeed, Søeren Steen Jespersen and Stefan Kloos); Motherland (directed and produced by Ramona S. Diaz and produced by Rey Cuerdo); and Quest (directed by Jonathan Olshefski and produced by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon).

Elsewhere, the Truer Than Fiction award, sponsored by Jeep, is designed to spotlight emerging feature documentary directors. Nominees for that honor include: Shevaun Mizrahi (Distant Constellation); Jonathan Olshefski (Quest); and Jeff Unay (The Cage Fighter).

Winners will be announced in Santa Monica on March 3.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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