New York’s premier documentary film festival DOC NYC has announced the honorees for its fifth annual Visionaries Tribute, including lifetime achievement awards for veteran filmmakers Wim Wenders and Orlando Bagwell.
The lifetime achievement award honors filmmakers with a substantial body of work.
Wenders (pictured) — along with his acclaimed fiction films like Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas — has directed docs including The Salt of the Earth, Pina, Buena Vista Social Club, The Blues and Room 666. Bagwell, meanwhile, is best known for Citizen King, A Hymn for Alvin Ailey, and Malcolm X: Make It Plain, along with two episodes of the PBS series Eyes on the Prize, about the Civil Rights Movement.
The Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence will go to Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin for their Nat Geo-produced climbing doc Free Solo. The award honors mid-career filmmakers who excel in observational filmmaking and comes with a US$5,000 cash prize, contributed by Drew Associates, under the helm of Jill Drew. Past recipients include Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Dawn Porter, Kim Longinotto and Laura Poitras.
The Leading Light Award, which honors an individual making a critical contribution to documentary in a role other than as a filmmaker, is going to Tabitha Jackson, who has served as the director of the documentary film program at the Sundance Institute since 2013. Past recipients are Cara Mertes, Molly Thompson, Tom Quinn and Dan Cogan.
The tribute will take place on Nov. 8. The event will include the first Neon Shorts Award, offering one of the selections from the DOC NYC shorts program the opportunity for theatrical distribution through indie prodco/distributor Neon. The winner will be announced at the event.
DOC NYC runs Nov. 8 to 15 at the IFC Center, SVA Theatre and Cinepolis Chelsea in New York City.