RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening, an impressionistic portrait of black lives in Alabama, won the top prize, outstanding achievement in nonfiction featuring filmmaking, at Thursday's 12th Annual Cinema Eye Honors, presented at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York.
At the ceremony, hosted by documentary filmmaker Steve James, both Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo won three trophies each. Minding the Gap, which looks at three young men as they navigate adulthood, was cited for direction, editing and outstanding debut. Free Solo, which follows free climber Alex Honnold as he climbs up the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, was singled out for outstanding production and cinematography and won the audience choice prize, voted by the general public.
Sandi Tan’s Shirkers, which investigates how a film that Tan shot as a young woman in Singapore went missing for years, picked up awards for its music score by Ishai Adari and its graphic design/animation by Lucas Celler and Tan.
James’ America to Me, the 10-part Starz series examining race in a suburban Chicago high school, won the inaugural outstanding broadcast series for director Steve James.
The Legacy Award was presented to Eyes on the Prize, the landmark PBS documentary series about the civil rights struggle.
The full list of Cinema Eye winners follows.