Cinema Eye 2009 Shortlist

Posted January 8th, 2009 by ingrid

Awards are a bit like weddings. You sort of wish that everyone would just get together and throw a party and pay attention to each other just because it’s a nice thing to do but you really have to add a little something extra into the mix to get people to rent hotel rooms and buy toasters and china and, well, I guess my point is that sometimes, although the competition aspect of film award events doesn’t sit so well with me, it is a great way to draw attention to films and filmmakers. And the Cinema Eye Honors, celebrating their second year in 2009, are a breath of fresh air in the awards world, drawing attention to the full scope of documentary filmmaking practice and to all aspects of the craft.

Final nominations will be announced on January 19th in Park City during Sundance. The shortlist is as follows:

AMERICAN TEEN – Nanette Burstein, dir
THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON) – Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath, dir
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD – Werner Herzog, dir
THE ENGLISH SURGEON – Geoffrey Smith, dir
FORBIDDEN LIES – Anna Broinowski, dir
IN A DREAM – Jeremiah Zagar, dir
MAN ON WIRE – James Marsh, dir
MY WINNIPEG – Guy Maddin, dir
THE ORDER OF MYTHS – Margaret Brown, dir
ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED – Marina Zenovich, dir
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE – Errol Morris, dir
STRANDED, I COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED ON THE MOUNTAINS – Gonzalo Arijon, dir
TROUBLE THE WATER – Carl Deal & Tia Lessin, dir
UP THE YANGTZE – Yung Chang, dir
WALTZ WITH BASHIR – Ari Folman, dir

The Cinema Eye Nominations Committee was comprised of 15 of the top festival programmers of nonfiction films.  This year’s committee members are:

Meira Blaustein, Woodstock Film Festival
Phoebe Brush, Full Frame Film Festival
David Courier, Sundance Film Festival
Heather Croall, Sheffield Doc/Fest
Sean Farnel, Hot Docs
Tine Fischer, CPH:DOX (Copenhagen)
Tom Hall, Sarasota Film Festival
David Kwok, Tribeca Film Festival
David Nugent, Hamptons Film Festival
Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Festival
Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival
Rachel Rosen, LA Film Festival
Sky Sitney, AFI Silverdocs
David Wilson, True/False Film Festival
Brit Withey, Denver Film Festival

Congrats to all the shortlisted filmmakers and to AJ Schnack and Thom Powers and everyone else involved in Cinema Eye for doing such sterling work for documentaries. You are probably already familiar with Schack’s All These Wonderful Things blog but Powers has a great new-ish blog for Stranger Than Fiction so subscribe to it today! The Winter Season of STF runs from January 13th till March 1st at NYC’s IFC Center, and it kicks off on Tuesday with Ben Kempas’ Upstream Battle. See you there!

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