'Beasts,' four documentaries on the list

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”  and a quartet of docs are up for the audience kudo at the Independent Filmmaker Project’s 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The five titles were selected by some 230,000 film industry types who saw the pics in theatrical runs or on the festival circuit, according to IFP. The second round of online voting, which will crown the winner of the race, closes Nov. 18.

“Beasts” is already up for two jury-selected Gothams, director (Benh Zeitlin) and actor (Quvenzhane Wallis). The four docs nommed by aud-voters are Bartholomew Cubbins’ “Artifact,” an expose of the music industry; Brenna Sanchez and Tom Putnam’s “Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit,” following Detroit firefighters; Kirby Dick’s “The Invisible War,” centered on incidents of rape in the U.S. military; and Jonathan Kalafer’s “Once in a Lullaby: The P.S. 22 Chorus Story,” about the Staten Island kids who sang at the 2011 Oscars.

Winners in all categories, including the audience award, will be announced during the upcoming ceremony. Traditionally the first awards of the season, the Gothams are skedded this year for Nov. 26.

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