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Frederick Wiseman to be honored at Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will be presented the lifetime achievement award at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards this November. The awards are an off-shoot of the Critics’ Choice Awards — bestowed ...
September 18, 2019

Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will be presented the lifetime achievement award at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards this November.

The awards are an off-shoot of the Critics’ Choice Awards — bestowed annually by the Critics Choice Association (CCA) — honoring achievements in documentaries released in theaters, on TV and on major digital platforms.

Wiseman (pictured), an Emmy award-winning director, has made 43 films largely focused on American Institutions. In recent years, he directed Beckett’s Happy Days and Vasily Grossman’s The Last Letter at the Comédie Française in Paris, as well as The Last Letter at Theatre for a New Audience in New York.

A ballet inspired by Wiseman’s first film, Titicut Follies (1967), premiered at the New York University Skirball Theater in 2017.

The association will present a new accolade this year: The Pennebaker Award, named after the acclaimed director D.A. Pennebaker who passed away Aug. 1 at the age of 94.

Nominations will be announced Oct. 14.

“For the fourth year in a row, we look forward to shining the spotlight on the outstanding documentary filmmaking of the year. We continue to highlight the importance and cultural value of documentaries and are thrilled to give the creative filmmakers the recognition and acknowledgement that they deserve,” CCA CEO Joey Berlin said in a statement.

Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? took home the awards for Best Documentary and Best Director at last year’s event, while Free Solo won for Best Sports Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary and Best Cinematography.

The Critics Choice Documentary Awards gala will be held Nov. 10 at the BRIC in Brooklyn, New York. Sponsors include National Geographic Documentary Films and Showtime Documentary Films.

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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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