Sarah Polley’s ‘Stories We Tell,’ ‘Blackfish’ Lead International Documentary Noms

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Awards to be presented Dec. 6

Sarah Polley’s family story “Stories We Tell” and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Sea World-set “Blackfish” have been nominated for the feature-film award at the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards.

Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian story “The Square” and Jason Osder’s story of the 1985 police standoff in Philadelphia “Let the Fire Burn” were also selected.

The 29th edition of the awards show will take place Dec. 6 at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

“Blackflish,” which focuses on a killer whale responsible for the deaths of three individuals at Sea World, is the top grosser of the five nominees with $2.1 million, followed by “Stories We Tell” with $2.1 million.

The IDA list did not include “20 Feet From Stardom,” Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers. The TWC-Radius release is the year’s top-grossing doc with $4.7 million.

Nominees in the Best Short category “Slomo,” which made the Oscar short list, and “The Education of Muhammad Hussein,” “The Flogsta Roar,” “Nine to Ninety” and “Vultures of Tibet.”

The nominees were chosen from a field of 273 eligible films.

“With over 400 submissions from around the world, this year’s Awards represent a thriving global documentary community,” said IDA exec director Michael Lumpkin. “Collectively these incredible stories expand our understanding of our shared human experience and foster an informed, compassionate and connected world.”

“Searching for Sugar Man” won both the Oscar and the IDA awards during the most recent awards season.

TV nominees were “30 for 30,” “Independent Lens” and “POV,” and the limited series “180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School” and “Viewfinder: Latin America.”this year.

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  1. JanCorey says:

    The CNN documentary named “Blackfish” was both chilling and inspirational on the amounts of energy and finances some will pay to more closely think they are helping the wild animals in our world. Spokespersons like Jane Valez-Mitchell (of CNN/HLN) though, tend to evaporate their energies on their individual subject-topics as she proves to be nothing more than a drunk-in-recovery. Perhaps, to eliminate those types of “advocates” for our creatures-sake may prove more beneficial without “spokesperson” like her because they are truly fascinating animals and I thank and encourage businesses like SeaWorld to have given me an opportunity to see them first-hand and close-up in real life these amazing animals that I would have never ever seen at all. I would support a requirement by Law to have those types of parks mandated in every state of our nation with those types of animals and ban proponents like JVM and subject her to both criminal and civil discourses to protect these animals from drunks like JVM and others; thank you SeaWorld. And to critics of my positions on those like JVM, try, instead, sobriety.

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