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“I Am Not Your Negro,” “LA 92″ take home FOCAL Awards

Lightbox’s LA 92 for National Geographic, Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro (pictured), and Brett Morgen’s Jane for Nat Geo are among the winners of the FOCAL Awards, held ...
June 26, 2018

Lightbox’s LA 92 for National Geographic, Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro (pictured), and Brett Morgen’s Jane for Nat Geo are among the winners of the FOCAL Awards, held in London earlier this month.

Peck’s film, inspired by author James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, took the award for best use of footage in a cinematic feature. Meanwhile, LA 92, directed by TJ Martin and Daniel Lindsay, claimed the honor for best use of footage in a history feature.

Morgen’s Jane, which examines the life of famed primatologist Jane Goodall through archive, was named best use of footage in a natural world production.

Other winners in the non-fiction content genre are listed below, with credits provided by FOCAL:

Best use of footage in an arts production:
Dawson City: Frozen Time (U.S.; Hypnotic Pictures and Picture Palace Pictures)

Best use of footage in an entertainment production:
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge (U.S.; HBO Documentary Films)

Best use of footage in a factual production:
Dolores (U.S.; 5 Stick Films Inc. & Dolores Huerta Film Project)

Best use of footage in a history production:
Crows of the Desert – A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide (U.S.; Matrix Communications)

Best use of footage in a music production:
My Generation (UK; Raymi Hero Productions/XIX Entertainment)

Best use of footage on innovative platforms:
A Kind of Seeing (UK; Shona Thomson)

Best use of footage in a sports production:
Ferrari: Race to Immortality (UK; Artemis Films)

Employee of the year:
Kieran O’Leary – Access & Digital Collections Developer, IFI Irish Film Archive

Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year:
Mike Welt, Ho Dang Hoa, David P. Schmidt – The Vietnam War (Florentine Films)

Library of the year
ITV Archive

Lifetime Achievement Award
Gerry Weinbren

The FOCAL Awards, held annually in London, are designed to celebrate “the finest examples of Film, TV and Screen projects that make effective use of archival and stock footage in their work.”

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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