'Central Park,' 'Versailles' among finalists

“The Central Park Five,” “The Invisible War,” “Queen of Versailles,” “Searching for Sugar Man” and “Women with Cows” earned feature nominations for the 28th International Documentary Assn. Awards.

Penn Jillette will host the Dec. 7 ceremony at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles.

“Central Park” (Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon), “Invisible War” (Kirby Dick), “Versailles” (Lauren Greenfield), “Searching” (Malik Bendjelloul) and “Women” (Peter Gerdehag) were selected from a record number of submissions.

Nominated in the shorts category were Rebecca Cammisa’s “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” Sari Gilman’s “Kings Point,” Cynthia Wade’s “Mondays at Racine,” Kief Davidson’s “Open Heart” and “Saving Face” from Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

In addition, producer Arnold Shapiro will receive the IDA award for career achievement, and the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund will be presented with the Pioneer Award.

On the smallscreen side, “American Masters,” “Independent Lens” and “POV” earned noms for continuing series, while”Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan” (NBC/G4), “On Death Row” (Investigation Discovery) “Slavery: A 21st Century Evil” (Al Jazeera English) and HBO’s “The Weight of the Nation” and “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” received limited series nods.

Nominees for the Humanitas Documentary Award, given to a documentarian whose film strives to unify the human family by exploring cultural differences, are “American Experience: The Amish” (David Benton), “Bitter Seeds” (Micha X. Peled), “Call Me Kuchu” (Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall) “Harvest of Empire” (Peter Getzel, Eduardo Lopez) and “The Virgin, The Copts and Me” (Namir Abdel Messeeh).

Contending for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award are Lindsay Ellis, Mark Kendall, Lauren Rosenfeld, Bao Nguyen and Benjamin Kahlmeyer.

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