Hampton wins docu org’s career award

Documentary filmmaker Henry Hampton will receive this year’s Career Achievement Award from the Intl. Documentary Assn.

Hampton, who served as executive producer of such seminal documentary series as “Eyes on the Prize,” “The Great Depression” and “America’s War on Poverty,” will collect the kudo during the IDA’s 13th annual Distinguished Achievement Awards, to be handed out Oct. 31 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena.

As a Career Achievement winner, Hampton joins a short list of influential documakers, including Marcel Ophuls, Bill Moyers, Albert Maysles and John Hendricks. His Boston-based Blackside Inc. production shingle has produced more than 60 feature films, television series and other major media projects since Hampton formed it in 1968.

The IDA honor “is an extraordinary recognition,” Hampton said. “I feel a little uncomfortable being included among the quality of people who have been given this award, but not to the point where I won’t accept it.”

Hampton has received the Ralph Lowell Award, American public broadcasting’s highest honor, and was given the first Heinz Family Foundation Award in the field of Arts and Humanities in 1995.

The IDA awards fete is sponsored by Eastman Kodak Co.

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