Cinema Eye Honors – Celebrating the Craft of Documentary

Posted March 30th, 2009 by ingrid

One of the lessons of 2009 for me: the worse things get, the better people get, or rather the more I realize how important all the people I work with and play with are to me and to the life I want to live. The past few months have been a strange mixture of 3am panics about the state of the world and moments of sheer joy, and most of these moments of joy have been documentary-related (watching Obama’s inauguration in the Filmmakers Lodge at Sundance, parading through Columbia, Missouri at True/False, riding a Winnebago through the warm, wide Austin streets at SXSW after a memorable dinner at Polvos). And now I can add to this the wonderful sight of AJ Schnack and Yance Ford wearing “Order of Myths” gowns at the Cinema Eye Honors last night.

DA Pennebaker said the following as he and Chris Hegedus presented the Outstanding Achievement award to James Marsh for Man on Wire: “When I started making films, there was no equipment to even do it with…when I see this marvelous sea of filmmaking, in all kinds of ways, it makes me feel that it was all worthwhile.” Yes, I think it was.

I’m also very, very pleased that Waltz with Bashir picked up 4 gongs. It’s an extraordinary film and it deserves every single pointy, heavy one of them.

Photo by Simon Kilmurry

Here are all the award winners:

Outstanding Achievement in NonFiction Feature Filmmaking
“Man on Wire,” directed by James Marsh; produced by Simon Chinn

Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Ari Folman for “Waltz with Bashir”

Outstanding Achievement in Production
Simon Chinn for “Man on Wire”

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Peter Zeitlinger for “Encounters at the End of the World”

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Jinx Godfrey for “Man on Wire”

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation
Yoni Goldman & David Polonsky for “Waltz with Bashir”

Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition
Max Richter for “Waltz with Bashir”

Outstanding Achievement in International Feature
“Waltz with Bashir,” directed by Ari Folman; produced by Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli & Roman Paul

Outstanding Achievement in Debut Feature
“Up the Yangtze,” directed by Yung Chang

Audience Choice Award
“Up the Yangtze,” directed by Yung Chang

And here are some photos from the reception beforehand and the party afterwards (the faces get shinier and the photos get blurrier!)

Producer Sandra Whipham with Albert Maysles and Natalie Difford (Chicken & Egg Pictures)

Filmmaker Dmitry Rozin, Ion Furjanic (DJ extraordinaire) and Danielle DiGiacomo (from indiePix who sponsored the event)

Filmmaker Doug Block with Laure Parson (Zeitgeist Films) and Mila Aung-Thwin (Producer of Up the Yangtze, which won the audience award)

Filmmakers Robin Hessman and Margaret Brown

Natalie Difford with Phil Engelhorn and Reva Goldberg from Cinereach

Violet Gaynor, David Nugent (Hamptons International Film Festival), Matt Dentler (Cinetic) and David Wilson (True/False)

Sky Sitney (Silverdocs) and AJ Schnack, the man who drunkenly came up with the idea for Cinema Eye along with Thom Powers. See! When it looks like doc folk are just propping up the bar we’re really inventing the future!

Filmmakers Esther Robinson and Paul Devlin grin for the camera

Flying on One Engine Director Joshua Weinstein (my dancefloor compatriot) with Yoni Brook (Bronx Princess) and Jessica Wolfson

Karina Longworth (Spout), Producer Thoma Kikis, Sandra Whipham and me

Stephanie Skaff, fabulous tie wearer Mark Rosenberg (Rooftop Films) and Jeremiah Zagar (Director of one of my favorite docs of 2008: In a Dream)

Ryan Harrington (indiePix) with Stephanie Sharis (SnagFilms)

  1. danielle

    inky kopp, you take the best photos of people!

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