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Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Look of Silence earned best feature honors at the IDA Documentary Awards on Saturday night. Look of Silence, which is also on the shortlist of 15 feature docs that are vying for an Oscar nomination, follows Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary The Act of Killing and revisits survivors of the 1965 Indonesian genocide as well as the men who killed their relatives. The new doc marked a dangerous return for Oppenheimer to the country where he feared for his safety, but resulted in his winning the IDA’s top prize.
The annual IDA event, which recognizes the best of nonfiction filmmaking and programming, was held at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles and hosted by Grammy-nominated comedian Tig Notaro.
Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman’s Last Day of Freedom with named best short. Last Day has also been shortlisted for the Academy’s best documentary short award.
Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk presented the IDA’s Pioneer Award to Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, home to such documentary features as What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, which are both on the Academy’s shortlist this year.
Director Kathryn Bigelow awarded the Courage Under Fire honor to Matthew Heineman, helmer of the documentary Cartel Land, which looks at efforts to combat drug dealers on the U.S./Mexico border.
Danny Glover also was on hand to honor Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation with the Amicus Award for supporting nonfiction media.
The Pare Lorentz Award, given to filmmaking that focuses on environmental and social issues, was presented to Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World, which focuses on the founders of Greenpeace.
The IDA’s Career Achievement Award was presented to Gordon Quinn, founder and artistic director of Chicago-based Kartemquin Films,
Creative recognition awards were given to: The Russian Woodpecker, for Artem Ryzhykov’s cinematography ; Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, for editing by Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen; Best of Enemies, for Jonathan Kirkscey’s score; and Listen to Me Marlon, for its screenplay by Steven Riley and co-writer Peter Ettedgui.
Netflix also received kudos for Chef’s Table, which took home the award for best episodic series; HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst earned the best limited series nod; and Best of Enemies nabbed the ABC News VideoSource award.
The complete list of winners follows:
Career Achievement Award
Tony Tabatznik and the Bertha Foundation
Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award sponsored by the Archibald Family Foundation
Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
Courage Under Fire Award
Best Feature Award
The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Drafthouse Films and Participant Media
Best Short Award
Last Day of Freedom
Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Pare Lorentz Award
How to Change the World
Director: Jerry Rothwell
Creative Recognition Award Winners
The Russian Woodpecker
Cinematography by: Artem Ryzhykov
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Edited by: Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen
Listen to Me Marlon
Written by: Stevan Riley
Co-writer: Peter Ettedgui
Best of Enemies
Original score by: Jonathan Kirkscey
ABC News VideoSource Award
Best of Enemies
Directors: Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
Best Curated Series Award
Executive producers: Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen
Executive producers: Simon Kilmurry and Chris White
Best Limited Series Award
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Executive producer: Jason Blum
Co-Executive producer: Zac Stuart-Pontier
Produced by: Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling
Best Episodic Series Award
Executive producers: David Gelb and Andrew Fried
Best Short Form Series Award
Do Not Track
Executive producer: Hugues Sweeney
National Film Board of Canada, Upian, Arte, and BR
David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award
Director: Benjamin Huguet
The National Film and Television School
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