'Jonestown' is among 5 docus honored by IDA


"Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple," which has made the cut for Academy Award consideration, was one of five winners of the 2006 IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award, announced Thursday by the International Documentary Assn.

The winners will be feted Dec. 8 at the 2006 IDA Awards Gala Benefit at the DGA Theatre.

"Jonestown," directed by Stanley Nelson, will be awarded the IDA/ABCNews VideoSource Award. The film looks at cult leader Jim Jones and the mass suicide he led in Guyana.

In the Continuing Series category, PBS' "American Experience" earned top honors for executive producer Mark Samels and series producer Sharon Grimberg.

The prize for limited series went to "Off to War," a look at an Arkansas National Guard Unit, directed by Brent Renaud and Craig Renaud for DCTV and Discovery Times Channel.

Christopher Quinn has been selected as the winner of the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for "God Grew Tired of Us."

The David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award will go to Carrie Lozano for "Reporter Zero."

"Each of these documentaries tells a compelling story about an important subject in a memorable way," IDA president Diane Estelle Vicari said. "They were chosen by a jury of peers out of hundreds of exceptional films submitted from every part of the world. These filmmakers have earned the respect and admiration of our members."

The winners in the feature and short-film categories will be announced live during the gala.