Netflix’s “Homecoming”, MTV’s “St. Louis Superman” up for Cinema Eye Honors

The Cinema Eye Honors, celebrating outstanding artistry and craft in non-fiction filmmaking, has announced its first round of nominations for its 2020 awards, in the broadcast and shorts categories, as ...
October 28, 2019

The Cinema Eye Honors, celebrating outstanding artistry and craft in non-fiction filmmaking, has announced its first round of nominations for its 2020 awards, in the broadcast and shorts categories, as well as the recipient of its Legacy Award.

In the broadcast category, Homecoming, Beyonce Knowles-Carter’s hybrid concert film and tribute to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for Netflix, leads the pack with three nominations. National Geographic’s Apollo: Mission to the Moon, HBO’s Leaving Neverland, Netflix’s Salt Fat Acid Heat and CNN’s Tricky Dick also received multiple nominations in the category.

Meanwhile, the shorts category, or “Shorts List”, features 10 short documentaries, including several that have claimed awards on the festival circuit such as MTV Documentary Films’ St. Louis Superman, which took the audience award for best short doc at AFI Docs and Hot Docs among others (see an exclusive clip for the project below), and Ghosts of Sugar Land, which won the short film jury award for non-fiction at Sundance.

Also, the 2020 Legacy Award will be presented to the groundbreaking Koyaanisqatsi, the directorial debut from Godfrey Reggio, which married a dizzying array of visuals with a mesmerizing score from composer Philip Glass to create a documentary tone poem of sorts evoking its theme of “life out of balance.”

The 2019 winners of the Cinema Eye Honors included Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Minding the Gap.

The 2020 Cinema Eye Honors will be presented at the 13th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image on Monday, January 6. Below, the nominees in the broadcast and shorts categories, with credits from Cinema Eye.

Broadcast Film
Apollo: Mission to the Moon
Directed by Tom Jennings (National Geographic)
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal
Directed by Erin Lee Carr (HBO)
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists
Directed by Jonathan Alter, Steven McCarthy and John Block (HBO)
Directed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Netflix)
Leaving Neverland
Directed by Dan Reed (HBO)
The Sentence
Directed by Rudy Valdez (HBO)

Outstanding Broadcast Series
The Case Against Adnan Syed
Directed by Amy Berg (HBO)
The Family
Directed by Jesse Moss (Netflix)
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle
Directed by Shan Nicholson and Richard Lopez (Sundance)
Last Chance U: Season 4
Directed by Greg Whiteley (Netflix)
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Directed by Caroline Suh (Netflix)
Tricky Dick
Directed by Mary Robertson (CNN)

Outstanding Broadcast Editing
Apollo: Mission to the Moon
David Tillman (National Geographic)
Alexander Hammer, Andrew Morrow, Nia Imani and Julian Klincewicz (Netflix)
Leaving Neverland
Jules Cornell (HBO)
Tricky Dick
Benji Kast, David Mehlman, Diana DiCilio and Seth Skundrick (CNN)

Outstanding Broadcast Cinematography
Mark Ritchie, Julian Klincewicz, Dikayl Rimmasch and Irie Calkins (Netflix)
Into the Okavango
Neil Gelinas (National Geographic)
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Luke McCoubrey (Netflix)
Matt Porwoll and Ross Kauffman (Discovery)

Shorts List
All on a Mardi Gras Day
Directed by Michal Pietrzyk
Directed by Isa Roa
Fast Horse
Directed by Alex Lazarowich
Ghosts of Sugar Land
Directed by Bassam Tariq
In the Absence
Directed by Seung Jun-Yi
Life Overtakes Me
Directed by John Haptas & Kristine Samuelson
Lowland Kids
Directed by Sandra Winther
St. Louis Superman
Directed by Smriti Mundhra & Sami Khan
Stay Close
Directed by Luther Clement & Shuhan Fan
Subject to Review
Directed by Theo Anthony

Here, in advance of its limited theatrical engagement beginning this week (October 30), is an exclusive trailer for MTV Documentary Films’ St. Louis Superman:

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