The George Polk Awards are given annually by Long Island University (LIU) to honor special achievement in journalism. The awards place a premium on investigative and enterprising reporting “that gains attention and achieves results.”
Among this year’s 16 categories, The Bleeding Edge was the only documentary film to receive an accolade, with director Dick and producers Ziering and Amy Herdy being honored.
The 99-minute Netflix Original documentary exposes America’s US$400 billion, unregulated medical device industry. While it serves as the world’s most technologically advanced health care system, medical interventions have become the third leading cause of death in the country. The project also examines the lax regulations, corporate cover-ups, and profit-driven incentives that it claims put patients’ lives at risk on a daily basis.
The Bleeding Edge held its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and premiered across digital streaming giant Netflix last July.
The award adds to Dick and Ziering’s track record of investigative documentaries that lead to major policy and legislative changes. Their previous work, The Hunting Ground and The Invisible War, have directly resulted in 35 national reforms being signed into law, according to a release.
Judges for the George Polk Awards reviewed a total of 554 submissions, a record number since the awards were established in 1949 by LIU to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.
All of the winners of the 2018 awards will be honored at a luncheon ceremony in New York on April 4 and 5.