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“Crip Camp” takes top honors at IDA Documentary Awards

The 36th annual IDA Documentary Awards were handed out Saturday (Jan. 16) in a virtual ceremony hosted by actor Willie Garson. Taking home top prize for Best Feature was Crip Camp: A ...
January 18, 2021

The 36th annual IDA Documentary Awards were handed out Saturday (Jan. 16) in a virtual ceremony hosted by actor Willie Garson.

Taking home top prize for Best Feature was Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, directed, written and co-produced by Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht for Netflix. Barack and Michelle Obama acted as executive producers under their Higher Ground Productions company. The flick also won the ABC News VideoSource Award, which is given for the best use of news footage in a documentary.

Best director went to Garrett Bradley for Time, a Sundance selection that follows the wife of a man convicted to a 60-year prison sentence who is determined to secure his freedom.  Bradley, who makes her feature doc directing debut with Time, was also given the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award. 

Best short honors went to John Was Trying to Contact Aliens by director/producer Matthew Killip.

As part of this year’s pandemic plans, virtual conversations with honorees were released in the week leading up to the awards announcement. The video conversations can be viewed here.

Complete list of winners is below:

BEST FEATURE

Crip Camp
Directors and Producers: Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht
Producer: Sara Bolder
USA / Netflix

BEST DIRECTOR

Garrett Bradley (Time.)

USA / Amazon Studios, Concordia Studio, The New York Times

BEST SHORT

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens
Director and Producer: Matthew Killip
USA / Netflix

BEST CURATED SERIES

American Experience
Executive Producers: Susan Bellows and Mark Samels
USA / PBS

BEST EPISODIC SERIES

Last Chance U
Director and Executive Producer: Greg Whiteley
Executive Producers: Joe LaBracio, James D. Stern, Lucas Smith, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard
USA / Netflix

BEST MULTI-PART DOCUMENTARY

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children
Directors and Executive Producers: Sam Pollard, Maro Chermayeff, Joshua Bennett, Jeff Dupre
Executive Producers: John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorious, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller
USA / HBO

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES

POV Shorts
Producer: Opal H. Bennett
Executive Producers: Justine Nagan, Chris White
USA / PBS

BEST AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

Somebody
Reporters and Producers: Alison Flowers, Bill Healy and Sarah Geis. Host: Shapearl Wells. Reporters: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmajian, Andrew Fan and Maddie Anderson.
Associate Producer: Ellen Glover
Executive Producers: Jamie Kalven, Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman, Leital Molad
USA / Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Universe
Directors: Sam Osborn and Nicholas Capezzera
Producers: Esther Dere and Leah Natasha Thomas
USA

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD

People Like Me
Director/Producer: Marrok Sedgwick, Co-Editor: Jackson Patrick-Sternin
USA / University of California Santa Cruz

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
Cinematographer: Viacheslav Tsvietkov
Ukraine, Lithuania

BEST EDITING

Dick Johnson Is Dead
Editor: Nels Bangerter
USA / Netflix

BEST WRITING

Dick Johnson is Dead
Writers: Nels Bangerter and Kirsten Johnson
USA / Netflix

PARE LORENTZ AWARD

My Octopus Teacher
Director: Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed
Producer: Craig Foster
USA/Netflix

Honorable Mention: Crip Camp
Directors/Producers: Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht. Producer: Sara Bolder
USA / Netflix

ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD

Crip Camp
Directors/Producers: Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht. Producer: Sara Bolder
USA / Netflix

BEST MUSIC SCORE

My Octopus Teacher
Composer: Kevin Smuts
USA/Netflix

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