IDA to honor “Scared Straight!” director Arnold Shapiro

The International Documentary Association will present veteran filmmaker Arnold Shapiro with the 2012 Career Achievement Award at its IDA Documentary Awards gala on December 7.
September 5, 2012

Scared Straight! director Arnold Shapiro (pictured) is to be the recipient of the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) 2012 Career Achievement Award.

The honor will be given out at the 28th annual IDA Documentary Awards gala, which takes place on December 7 at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles.

In addition to his Oscar- and Emmy-winning 1978 documentary about juvenile delinquents, Shapiro has produced 33 series including Rescue 911 for CBS, Big Brother for CBS, and Beyond Scared Straight for A&E, as well as more than 90 documentaries and specials.

“For over 40 years, Arnold Shapiro has not only produced, directed and written a number of landmark documentary films and non-fiction programs, but he has also helped to launch the careers of hundreds, if not thousands, of young filmmakers,” said IDA executive director Michael Lumpkin in a statement.

The Career Achievement Award is given to a filmmaker that “has made a major impact on the documentary genre through a long and distinguished body of work. ” Past recipients include directors Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, Michael Moore and Les Blank.

This year, the IDA will bestow its Pioneer Award to the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund (DFP), which grants US$1 million to $2 million annually to independent documentary films and runs several creative labs and fellows programs. Over the last decade, the DFP has supported more than 425 films, including Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War, Patricio Guzm├án’s Nostalgia For The Light, Josh Fox’s Gasland and Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski’s Born Into Brothels.

The Pioneer Award recognizes contributions to advancing non-fiction filmmaking and has previously been awarded to Alan and Susan Raymond, Rob Epstein, Mel Stuart and Paula Apsell.

The nominees for the IDA Documentary Award film and special categories will be announced in October.

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