Int’l docu org taps pix, shorts

Winners to be announced Dec. 8

The Intl. Documentary Assn. has selected 10 nominees in its feature and short film categories for its 22nd annual Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards.

Winners will be announced during the org’s Dec. 8 gala at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood.

The nominated feature docs are PBS’ “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” by Frank Popper, Matt Coen, Mike Kime; Lionsgate’s “Deliver Us From Evil,” Amy Berg and Frank Donner; HBO’s “Iraq in Fregments,” James Longley; Regent’s “Showbusiness: A Season to Remember,” Dori Berinstein; and PBS’s “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars,” Zach Niles, Banker White.

The short documentaries (40 minutes or less) are “The Blood of the Yingzhou District,” Ruby Yang, Thomas Lennon; “The Diary of Immaculee,” Peter Le Donne, Steve Kalafer; “Angel’s Fire,” Marcelo Bukin; “The Short History of the Sweet Potato Pie,” Nina Gilden Seavey; and “The Wild Sheep and the Fox and Love,” Anne Magnussen.

The selection process began with peer group juries who viewed all submissions to select nominees in each category for final review by a blue-ribbon panel.

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