DOC NYC to honor Dawn Porter

The Trapped director will receive the Robert and Anne Drew Award for observational filmmaking during the festival's Visionaries Tribute.
September 28, 2016

Dawn Porter is among the honorees at this year’s DOC NYC festival.

The Trapped and Gideon’s Army director is joining the annual doc fest’s Visionaries Tribute event as the recipient of the Robert and Anne Drew Award for observational filmmaking.

The award is given to a mid-career filmmaker and comes with a US$5,000 cash prize sponsored by Drew Associates. Porter’s latest doc, Trapped, looks at abortion providers struggling to stay open in the U.S. South. It premiered at Sundance where it picked up a Special Jury prize for social impact filmmaking.

As previously announced, DOC NYC will also present directors Jonathan Demme and Stanley Nelson with Lifetime Achievement Awards as part of the annual Visionaries Tribute lunch, which takes place on Nov. 10. A&E IndieFilms founder Molly Thompson will receive the Leading Light award.

Organizers have also unveiled the 15 films playing in the Short List program, which is dedicated to festival favorites and big-name docs with theatrical distribution. DOC NYC will also hold a Short List Day on Nov. 11 that features discussions with members of all the film teams.

The docs screening in the Short List are Amanda Knox, Cameraperson, Fire At Sea, Gleason, I Am Not Your Negro, Into the Inferno, Jim: The James Foley Story, Life, Animated, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Miss Sharon Jones!, O.J.: Made in America, The 13th, The Ivory Game, Trapped and Weiner.

DOC NYC takes place from Nov. 10 to 17.

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