'Wildest Show' wins for short film
The Intl. Documentary Assn. has tabbed “Gulag” and “Swedish Tango” as the feature winners at its Distinguished Achievement Awards for this year.The honors will be presented at the org’s 16th annual IDA Awards gala on Oct. 27 at the Los Angeles Center Studios. “Gulag” was directed and produced by Angus MacQueen, with Olivia Lichenstein as exec producer. It chronicles experiences of prisoners in Stalin’s camps. “Swedish Tango” was directed by Jerzy Sladkowski and produced by Olaf Grunert. Pic follows a couple in their 70s who travel from Sweden to Buenos Aires to learn the tango. “The Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison Rodeo” won the short film category for projects under 40 minutes. Pic portrays the rodeo held at the prison each October. “Red Files,” directed and produced by Greg Barker with series producers J. Mitchell Johnson and William Cran, won the limited-series competition. The series recalls recent history from the Russian point of view. “Paul Robeson: Here I Stand,” a program in the American Masters series, won the strand category for single program in an ongoing series. The program was directed by St. Clair Bourne and produced by Susan Lacy and Chiz Schultz. “The Power of One” will receive the television magazine segment award, given to a piece under 15 minutes. Seg focused on a high school student helping victims of the Rwanda genocide. “George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire” was tapped for the ABCNews VideoSource Award for documentary that best utilizes news footage. It was produced and directed by Daniel McCabe and Paul Stekler. The Pare Lorentz Award will be presented to director Robert Kirk and producer Diane Estelle Vicari for “Sugihara Conspiracy of Kindness,” profiling the Japanese consul who saved Jewish refugees in Lithuania. “The Prince is Back,” directed by Marina Goldovskaya and produced by Georg Herzfeld and Chantal Bernheim, received honorable mention in the feature category. “The Tree Woman,” directed by Ziri Rideaux and produced by Christian Bauer, received honorable mention in the Pare Lorentz category.