Bienstock among 2015 Canadian Screen Award honorees

Documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock (pictured) is to receive the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism at next year's Canadian Screen Awards.
October 21, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock (pictured) is to receive a special award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.

The Tales from the Organ Trade director will receive an Academy Special Award, which are given to individuals who have been “at the vanguard of our Canadian industry,” Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television chair Martin Katz said in a statement.

She will receive the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism during the 2015 Canadian Screen Week, which takes place from February 23 to March 1.

The honor is the latest in a string of accolades for Bienstock. Her most recent film, Tales from the Organ Trade, which delves into the world of black market organ trafficking, was nominated for the Grierson Trust’s 2014 British Documentary Awards and won an Edward R. Murrow Award earlier this year.

The film has also received two Emmy nominations and won the Norman Bethune Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting. Bienstock’s previous films include Sex Slaves and Ebola: Inside An Outbreak.

This year’s other Academy Special Award winners are writer/producer George Anthony, Glassbox Television founder Jeffrey Elliott, actor-director Paul Gross, TSN’s Off the Record host Michael Landsberg, and screenwriter Tassie Cameron.

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