New York-based documentary film festival DOC NYC unveiled the winners of its 2019 jury awards last night (Nov. 12).
The fest awarded grand jury prizes to feature films City Dream (pictured) and Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back and docushort Bob of the Park.
The three films were selected from the festival’s Viewfinders, Metropolis and Shorts sections, respectively, to recognize their outstanding achievements in form and content.
City Dream, directed by Weijun Chen, looks at a street vendor in China who clashes with authorities trying to shut down his stall; Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, directed by John Carluccio, follows American actor, director, singer and choreographer Maurice Hines as he reflects on his life on stage from Broadway to Hollywood and on his tumultuous relationship with his brother, the late Gregory Hines; and Bob of the Park, directed by Jake Sumner, follows Robert “Birding Bob” DiCandido, a polarizing Central Park bird walk leader.
Meanwhile, Jon-Sesrie Goff won the DOC NYC PRO Pitch Perfect Award, recognizing his pitch for After Sherman, a film about collective American inheritance, told in part as a conversation between an African American father and his son. The film was chosen by the DOC NYC PRO programming team, and Goff will receive a mentorship and consultation from DOC NYC artistic leadership.
Elsewhere, the fest launched its first Short List awards, putting the spotlight on 15 documentaries representing the best of the year, with some recognized specifically for directing, producing, editing and cinematography by a jury of documentary filmmakers.
The directing award went to The Edge of Democracy, directed by Petra Costa. American Factory, produced by Steven Bognar, Julie Parker Benello, Jeff Reichert and Julia Reichert (directed by Bognar and Reichert), took home the producing award. The editing award was presented to Apollo 11, edited by Todd Douglas Miller (directed by Miller). And The Elephant Queen, with cinematography by Mark Deeble (directed by Victoria Stone and Deeble), took the cinematography award.
Finally, For Sama co-director Waad al-Kateab was feted with special recognition for courage in filmmaking.
The 10th edition of DOC NYC featured 135 feature-length films and 126 documentary shorts and was held Nov. 6-15 in New York City.
The 2019 jury award winners were revealed at an evening ceremony at the Flatiron Room in Manhattan.