Banksy doc nabs top prize at Cinema Eye Honors

Exit Through the Gift Shop is named the outstanding achievement in non-fiction feature filmmaking at the ceremony, held last night at New York's Museum of the Moving Image.
January 19, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop, the provocative street art documentary helmed by elusive graffiti icon Banksy, claimed the outstanding achievement in non-fiction feature filmmaking award at last night’s Cinema Eye Honors, held at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

The film, also shortlisted for nomination consideration for the Academy Awards, also received the award for outstanding editing for Chris King and Tom Fulford.

One film that didn’t make the Oscar shortlist, much to the surprise of many in the doc world, was honored for direction. Laura Poitras took the outstanding achievement in direction award for The Oath.

Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home received three honors: outstanding production, cinematography and international film.

The Audience Choice prize, decided upon by close to 10,000 votes, went to Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. Jeff Malmberg received the debut film award for Marwencol.

The Legacy Award was presented to Albert Maysles and Muffie Meyer for the classic, Grey Gardens. As well, two new awards were introduced this year: the non-fiction short honor went to Vance Malone for The Poodle Trainer, while the Heterodox award, presented to a film that most successfully blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction, went to Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill.

The 4th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be broadcast on The Documentary Channel on January 30.

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