Cinema Eye Honors Kicks Off Documentary Awards Race

“Town So Authentic” and “American Utopia” guide the Cinema Eye Honors broadcast nominations list with 3 nods apiece. 

Cinema Eye Honors, an influential bellwether in the race for documentary awards, kicked off its 15th calendar year with non-fiction award-winners declared at its yearly Los Angeles lunch attended by quite a few best filmmakers. Steve James’ five-aspect Chicago series “City So Authentic,” and Spike Lee’s filmed portrait of David Byrne’s Broadway show “American Utopia” lead the Cinema Eye Honors broadcast nominations listing with 3 nods apiece. “David Byrne’s American Utopia” is just one of 5 movies up for Fantastic Broadcast Movie, while “City So Real” joins 5 other collection in the Nonfiction Series category. The two projects had been nominated for Outstanding Broadcast Enhancing and Cinematography.

“It is noteworthy that both equally of this year’s most nominated Broadcast entries are part of the resourceful legacy of Diane Weyermann,” reported Cinema Eye Founding Director AJ Schnack. The beloved documentary veteran, who died last 7 days, was an Executive Producer on the two “City So Real” and “American Utopia.”

Whilst Steve James proceeds his run as the most nominated filmmaker in Cinema Eye record, with a whole of 13 whole nominations, Lee joins the Cinema Eye ranks for the initially time. It’s the 3rd nod for his cinematographer, Ellen Kuras (“The Betrayal “).

Cinema Eye, founded in 2007 to figure out excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking, is the only worldwide nonfiction award to realize the full creative staff.

For the initially time, Cinema Eye is presenting an award for Anthology Series, recognizing episodic nonfiction. Between the inaugural nominees are Martin Scorsese and Fran Lebowitz for “Pretend It’s a Town,” Nathan Fielder and John Wilson for “How to with John Wilson,”  Fabienne Toback, Karis Jagger, and Roger Ross Williams for “High on the Hog: How African American Delicacies Changed The united states,” and Padma Lakshmi for “Taste the Country with Padme Lakshmi.”

HBO led all networks and platforms with 14 nominations, like two for “How to with John Wilson.” Broadcast Movie nominations are for Nanfu Wang’s “In the Identical Breath” and Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s “Tina.” “Disclosure,” a Netflix primary about the importance of transgender representation in media, and the Stacey Abrams documentary, “All In: The Combat for Democracy,” round out the Broadcast Film nominees.

Asif Kapadia, nominated previously for his movies “Senna” and Oscar-winner “Amy,” returns to Cinema Eye with his Apple Authentic collection “1971: The Year that Tunes Transformed All the things.” Raoul Peck, who was nominated for his Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro,” is up for his HBO collection “Exterminate All the Brutes.” Greg Whiteley is nominated this calendar year for “Last Chance U: Basketball.” “The Woman and the Dale” and “Philly D.A.” round out the Nonfiction Sequence nominees.

Cinema Eye Honors is giving Cheryl Dunye’s landmark 1996 indie “The Watermelon Woman” the Legacy Award, recognizing a vintage movie that carries on to encourage today’s filmmakers. When it debuted 25 a long time ago, “The Watermelon Woman” was the initial narrative characteristic from an opening homosexual Black filmmaker. Dunye performed a model of herself, a documentary filmmaker identified to uncover the tale of black actress Fae Richards, credited only as “The Watermelon Woman” in a film known as “Plantation Memories.”

This year’s Cinema Eye Honors once-a-year Shorts Checklist contains 11 semi-finalists for its Nonfiction Brief Movie Honor, owing to a tie in the voting.

The total checklist of Cinema Eye nominations will be introduced in a few weeks, on Wednesday, November 10. The 15th Once-a-year Cinema Eye Honors Awards Ceremony and Cinema Eye Week will acquire location in January, with dates to be introduced in the coming weeks.

Broadcast Film
“All In: The Battle for Democracy”
Directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés | Amazon

“David Byrne’s American Utopia”
Directed by Spike Lee | HBO

Directed by Sam Feder | Netflix

“In the Very same Breath”
Directed by Nanfu Wang | HBO

Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin | HBO

Steve James directs “City So Authentic.”


Nonfiction Series

“1971: The Yr that Music Changed Everything”
Directed by Asif Kapadia, Danielle Peck and James Rogan | Apple

“City So Real”
Driected by Steve James | Nationwide Geographic

“Exterminate All the Brutes”
Directed by Raoul Peck | HBO

“The Lady and the Dale”
Directed by Zackary Drucker and Nick Cammilleri | HBO

“Last Opportunity U: Basketball”
Directed by Greg Whiteley, Adam Leibowitz and Daniel George McDonald | Netflix

“Philly D.A.”
Directed by Yoni Brook, Ted Passon and Nicole Salazar | Independent Lens/PBS

"Pretend It's a City"

“Pretend It’s a City”

Courtesy of Netflix

Anthology Collection

“Earth at Night in Color”
Alex Williamson, Govt Producer | Apple

“Generation Hustle”
Angie Working day and Yon Motskin, Govt Producers | HBO Max

“How to with John Wilson”
Directed by Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman, Clark Reinking and John Wilson, Government Producers | HBO

“High on the Hog: How African American Delicacies Transformed America”
Fabienne Toback, Karis Jagger and Roger Ross Williams, Govt Producers | Netflix

“Pretend It is a City”
Martin Scorsese, Fran Lebowitz, David Tedeschi, Ted Griffin, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Joshua Porter and Margaret Bodde, Govt Producers | Netflix

“Taste the Country with Padme Lakshmi”
Padma Lakshmi, David Shadrack Smith and Sarina Roma, Government Producers | Hulu

"Allen v. Farrow"

“Allen v. Farrow”


Broadcast Editing

“Allen v Farrow”
Mikaela Shwer, Parker Laramie and Sara Newens | HBO

“City So Real”
David E. Simpson and Steve James | Countrywide Geographic

“David Byrne’s American Utopia”
Adam Gough | HBO

“Exterminate All the Brutes”
Alexandra Strauss | HBO

“How to with John Wilson”
Adam Locke-Norton | HBO

Remarkable Broadcast Cinematography

“100 Foot Wave”
Nominees to be determined | HBO

“City So Real”
Jackson James and Steve James | National Geographic

“David Byrne’s American Utopia”
Ellen Kuras | HBO

“Earth at Evening in Color”
Nominees to be decided | Apple

“High on the Hog: How African American Delicacies Transformed America”
Jerry Henry | Netflix

Legacy Award

“The Watermelon Woman”
Penned and Directed by Cheryl Dunye
Produced by Alexandra Juhasz and Barry Swimar
Edited by Annie Taylor
Cinematography Michelle Crenshaw
Primary Score Paul Shapiro

Shorts Record

Directed by Maite Zubiaurre & Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

“The Last Cruise”
Directed by Hannah Olson

“A Damaged House”
Directed by Jimmy Goldblum

Directed by Emma Francis-Snyder

“Terror Contagion”
Directed by Laura Poitras

“Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma”
Directed by Topaz Jones

“Three Music for Benazir”
Directed by Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei

Directed by Michèle Stephenson

“We Had been There to Be There”
Directed by Mike Plante and Jason Willis

“Jobs for all!”
Directed by Axel Danielson & Maximillien Van Aertryck

“Your Street”
Directed by Güzin Kar

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