'Anvil!' wins IDA documentary award

Errol Morris presents Philip Glass' career achievement award

Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" won the feature documentary award at the International Documentary Assn.'s 2009 IDA Documentary Awards, held Friday night at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

The doc, which follows the fortunes of a Canadian heavy metal band, also took the group's music documentary award, which was announced earlier in the week.

At the awards ceremony, hosted by Ira Glass, Michael Angus and Murray Frederick's "Salt," which focuses on the landscape in Lake Eyre, South Australia, was named best short film.

IDA's Career Achievement Award was presented to composer Philip Glass by director Errol Morris, with whom Glass has frequently collaborated. Natalia Almada received the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award; indie film advocate Michael Donaldson was honored with the Amicus Award; and producer, director and writer Nicolas Noxon received the Pioneer Award.

The evening included a tribute to journalists and documentary filmmakers who have lost their lives while pursuing stories that was introduced by Current Media's Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were held captive in North Korea earlier this year.

Other winners included: Continuing Series Award, "POV"; Limited Series, "Architectural School"; Humanitas Award, "Garbage Dreams"; Pare Lorentz Award, "The Final Inch"; ABCNews Videosource Award, "Wounded Knee"; and David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award, "The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico."