The International Documentary Association will honor filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Rachel Lears at the 35th annual IDA Documentary Awards this December.
Mock (pictured right), the Academy Award- and Emmy-winning filmmaker of Anita and Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, will receive the Career Achievement Award.
Other works by Mock include: Rose Kennedy, a Life to Remember; SING!; Never Give Up; and To Live or Let Die. She is also the founder of Sanders & Mock Productions and the non-profit American Film Foundation, which specializes in producing films on the arts, sciences and humanities.
Lears (left), director of Knock Down The House and co-director of The Hand That Feeds, will take the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.
“Freida Lee Mock’s Career Achievement Award is overdue. Her films have tackled a wide range of topics with an insightful artistic vision, and her unparalleled body of work continues to inspire and impact the world,” Simon Kilmurry, IDA executive director, said in a statement. “In her film Knock Down the House, Emerging Filmmaker Award recipient Rachel Lears brings us a powerful story of what it can mean when ordinary citizens decide to get involved in the political process and shows the change they can make.”
New York-based Cinereach, a film foundation and production company, will receive the Pioneer Award. Founded in 2006, the company has developed, produced, co-produced and/or financed more than 15 films, including: Shirkers, We The Animals and Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. It has also given more than 30 artistic fellowships to independent filmmakers and producers, in addition to providing organizational and programming grants to more than 15 groups and 200-plus fiction and non-fiction films.
“Cinereach believes that non-fiction films are essential to reflect on our shared humanity and find beauty in our differences. For us, this award is a celebration of the bold artists we have proudly been able to support, who have dedicated themselves to nonfiction film’s ability to be as artful as it is honest,” Phillip Engelhorn, executive director of Cinereach, said in a statement.
This year’s awards ceremony will be held Dec. 7 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The IDA Documentary Awards 2019 Shortlists for Best Feature and Best Short categories will be unveiled on Thursday (Oct. 10).