IDA to honor Redford, Panh, Bailey, Barbato

Directors Robert Redford and Rithy Panh are to be honored at the 30th annual IDA Documentary Awards this December, along with World of Wonder founders Randy Barbato (pictured, left) and Fenton Bailey (right).
October 5, 2014

Directors Robert Redford and Rithy Panh are to be honored at the 30th annual IDA Documentary Awards this December, along with World of Wonder founders Randy Barbato (pictured, left) and Fenton Bailey (right).

Redford is to receive the IDA Career Achievement Award, given to a filmmaker who has made a major impact on the documentary genre through a long and distinguished body of work.

The actor-director, who has won two Academy Awards, is best known in the non-fiction realm for founding the Sundance Institute and its Documentary Film Program, which has backed hundreds of documentaries.

In addition, Redford in 2012 formed Sundance Productions, which to date has produced non-fiction titles including the Emmy nominated All the President’s Men Revisited, Chicagoland, Death Row Stories and Cathedrals of Culture.

Meanwhile, the Pioneer Award is to be presented to Bailey and Barbato for their work via their indie World of Wonder Productions. Launched in 1991, the prodco made a name for itself with docs such as The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Monica in Black and White, before finding broader success with titles such as Inside Deep Throat, Becoming Chaz and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The Pioneer Award is presented “to acknowledge extraordinary contributions to advancing the non-fiction form and providing exceptional vision and leadership to the documentary community,” the IDA states.

Finally, Panh will receive the IDA’s Preservation and Scholarship award, which recognizes individuals or organizations that have made notable contributions to preserving significant motion picture archives and “educating the public and industry about the role non-fiction filmmaking plays in society.”

Panh, whose doc The Missing Picture was nominated in 2013 for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is the co-founder of the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Center collects film, TV, photography and sound archives on Cambodia from around the world and grants free access to the public, while also providing vocational training.

“This year we have chosen to honor four outstanding members of our global documentary community,” said IDA exec director Michael Lumpkin in a statement.

“Whether changing minds, changing the world or making some of the best entertainment in our industry, Robert Redford, Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Rithy Panh represent the depth, breadth and power of non-fiction storytelling in today’s world.”

This year’s IDA ceremony will be held on December 5 in the Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

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