Five finalists for top IDA nod
Morgan Spurlock to host the documentary honors Dec. 5The International Documentary Assn. on Tuesday announced its nominees for the 2008 IDA Documentary Awards. The honors will be bestowed Dec. 5 during a ceremony hosted by director Morgan Spurlock at DGA headquarters.
Features up for distinguished documentary achievement are the boxing biopic "Kassim the Dream"; "Man on Wire," James Marsh's look at Philippe Petit's Twin Towers high-wire stunt; "Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains," the chronicle of the infamous 1972 Andes plane crash; the animated war memories of "Waltz With Bashir"; and "Young@Heart," the look at singing senior citizens.
Werner Herzog will receive the Career Achievement award; Rob Epstein will receive the Pioneer Award; Sam Pollard will receive the inaugural Avid Excellence in Editing award; and Stefan Forbes ("Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story") will receive the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker award.
Spurlock most recently made "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" He is a producer on the forthcoming documentary "Freakonomics."
"Innovative storytelling, digital editing and sophisticated audiences have opened up the playing field of what a documentary can be," IDA interim executive director Eddie Schmidt said. "So, in choosing a master of ceremonies for this year's event, no one better exemplifies that renegade creative spirit than Morgan Spurlock."