'Anvil' among IDA doc nominees

Other nominees include 'Afghan Star,' 'Food, Inc.'

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil," the account of an obscure Canadian heavy metal band, will square off against four more seriously themed documentaries at the 2009 IDA Awards.

The other contenders in the feature category, announced Thursday by the International Documentary Assn., are "Afghan Star," about finalists in an Afghanistan version of "American Idol"; "Diary of a Times Square Thief," about the search for a mysterious diary; "Food, Inc.," which examines the U.S. food industry; and "Mugabe and the White African," the story of a fifth-generation white African farmer.

Eligible films had to be completed, released or broadcast by July 30, so a number of docs, released in the second half of the year such as Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story"  did not qualify for consideration.

The winners will be saluted Dec. 4 at the DGA in Los Angeles at a ceremony hosted by "This American Life's" Ira Glass.

The IDA also will recognize filmmakers and film journalists who displayed bravery in the pursuit of truth in a special "Courage Under Fire" tribute to be presented by Current Media journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were detained and sentenced in North Korea this year.

The nominated short films are "The Delian Mode," "Salt," "Sari's Mother" and "The Solitary Life of Cranes."

In the limited series category, the nominees are "The Alzheimer's Project," "Architecture School," "In Their Boots," "Time for School" and "We Shall Remain." Continuing series nominees are "American Experience," "Iconoclasts" and "P.O.V."