“Going Clear,” “Deep Web” among Cinema Eye TV finalists

Five of the 10 documentaries on the shortlist for Cinema Eye Honors' television award are HBO projects, and two were directed by Alex Gibney, including Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (pictured).
June 16, 2015

Documentaries by Alex Gibney, Joe Berlinger, Cynthia Hill and Alex Winter are among the 10 TV projects short-listed for next year’s Cinema Eye Honors.

The finalists for Outstanding Non-Fiction Filmmaking for Television are the first to be announced for the 9th annual awards, which will be given out during a ceremony in New York City in January.

Gibney is the first director to be shortlisted twice in the TV category. He is up for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (pictured), his investigation into the finances and leadership culture in the Church of Scientology, as well his James Brown bio, Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown.

Both films are among five HBO docs on the shortlist. The other three are Cynthia Hill’s Private Violence, Nancy Kates’ Regarding Susan Sontag and Erin Lee Carr’s Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop.

Meanwhile, CNN Films made the list twice for Joe Berlinger‘s Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger and Jose Antonio Vargas’ Documented.

Berlinger previously won a Cinema Eye Honor for his Paradise Lost trilogy along with his late collaborator, Bruce Sinofsky.

PBS current affairs program ‘Frontline’ is also on the list twice for Marcela Gaviria’s Firestone and the Warlord and Daniel Edge’s Outbreak.

Alex Winter‘s Deep Web, which aired on Epix following its world premiere at SXSW in March, rounds out the shortlist. The doc looks at the case of Ross Ulbricht, who was convicted of being the creator of the online black market known as the Silk Road.

The nominees will be announced in November at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen when the rest of Cinema Eye’s nominations are unveiled.

This is the third year Cinema Eye has given an award to TV documentaries. Past winners were Lucy Walker‘s The Crash Reel for HBO and Nanette Burstein‘s The Price of Gold for ESPN.

To qualify, films must have aired between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015, and have received financial support from the network during production and/or post production. Acquisitions are not eligible.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.