The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking is to present this year’s ‘Hell Yeah Prize’ to Josh Fox, the director of fracking docs Gasland (pictured) and Gasland, Part II.
The award is given to filmmakers whose docs have had “significant, real-world impact,” and Fox comes after his films “have spurred a nationwide, grassroots movement that calls attention to the environmental risks of hydraulic fracking; an issue that was largely unheard of prior to the first Gasland film’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010,” according to Cinema Eye.
The inaugural ‘Hell Yeah Prize’ was presented in 2012 to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky for their Paradise Lost doc trilogy, which helped secure the release from prison of the West Memphis Three.
The award will be presented on January 8, 2014 at the 7th Annual Cinema Eye Honors ceremony in New York.
“We can’t think of a film or filmmaker who is better suited to receive this award,” said AJ Schnack, founding director of the Cinema Eye Honors. “Josh has created exceptional, artistically daring films that have the power to get attention and change minds. His work is largely responsible for spurring a national debate on the issue of hydraulic fracking.”