Robert Redford To Be Honored by International Documentary Association

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Robert Redford

The World of Wonder's Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato and Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh also to be recognized

Robert Redford will be honored with a Career Achievement Award by the International Documentary Association at its 2014 IDA Documentary Awards. The organization will also honor Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, founders of World of Wonder Productions, and filmmaker Rithy Panh at its awards ceremony, set to take place Dec. 5 at the Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

The IDA's Career Achievement Award is given to a filmmaker who has had a major impact on the documentary genre. In addition to his career as an actor and a director, Redford founded the Sundance Institute, which supports documentary filmmakers through its Documentary Film Program. Redford also served as executive producer of the 1980 short doc The Solar Film, 1992's Incident at Oglala and 2007's The Unforeseen, and narrated 1988's Yosemite: Fate of Heaven. He's also had a hand in such nonfiction TV programs as All The President's Men Revisited, the series Chicagoland and Death Row Stories for CNN, along with the 3D Cathedrals of Culture with executive producer Wim Wenders.

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Bailey and Barbato will receive the IDA's Pioneer Award. Their production company, World of Wonder, which they founded in 1991, has produced such documentaries as The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Monica in Black and White and Inside Deep Throat, as well as reality shows like RuPaul's Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing. The Pioneer Award acknowledges contributions to advancing the nonfiction form.

Panh will receive the IDA's Preservation and Scholarship award, which recognizes individuals or organizations that have made notable contributions to preserving significant motion picture archives and educating the public and industry about the role nonfiction filmmaking plays in society. Panh, whose 2013 documentary The Missing Picture was nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar, is co-founder of the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Bophana Center collects film, television, photography and sound archives on Cambodia from around the world; provides vocational training in film and media; and produces contemporary fiction and documentary work, with the goal of developing the audiovisual sector in Cambodia.

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"This year we have chosen to honor four outstanding members of our global documentary community," IDA executive director Michael Lumpkin said. "Whether changing minds, changing the world or making some of the best entertainment in our industry, Robert Redford, Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey and Rithy Panh represent the depth, breadth and power of nonfiction storytelling in today's world."

A list of nominees for the IDA Documentary Awards will be announced in late October, with the winners then announced Dec. 5 at the IDA Documentary Awards ceremony.