IDA issues docu noms

Contenders include 'Friedmans,' 'Flotsam,' 'Tupac'

A correction was made to this article on Oct. 13, 2003.

The Intl. Documentary Assn. has tapped 28 docs in four categories for its annual Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards competition.

The high-profile releases include Magnolia Pictures’ “Capturing the Friedmans,” which has grossed over $3 million; IFC’s “Lost in La Mancha”; MTV/Paramount’s “Tupac: Resurrection,” due out Nov. 14; and Shadow’s “The Weather Underground,” which has cumed $420,235.

Winners will be named at the org’s Dec. 12 gala at the DGA Theater in Hollywood.

“Documentary filmmakers are the storytellers of our times,” said IDA prexy Michael Donaldson. “Each of them had to overcome extraordinary odds to enlighten the public about an important issue.”

The IDA Awards 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. Org will name two winners in the feature competition after having tapped 13 nominees from nearly 300 films entered.

Feature noms went to “Balseros,” “Berga: Soldiers of Another War,” “Capturing the Friedmans,” “Das Leben Geht Weiter” (Life Goes On), “The Day I Will Never Forget,” “Every Child Is Born a Poet: The Life & Work of Piri Thomas,” “Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine,” “Lost Boys of Sudan,” “Lost in La Mancha,” “My Flesh and Blood,” “Tupac: Resurrection,” “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “The Weather Underground.”

Five documentaries were named in the short category: “Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story,” “Flip Flotsam,” “Foo-Foo Dust,” “Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks” and “Ocularist.”

WGBH and PBS’ “American Experience” took three noms in the continuing series category and Thirteen/WNET New York’s “American Masters” took the other two. Nominated programs from “American Experience” are “The Murder of Emmett Till,” “Seabiscuit” and “Tupperware!” The “American Masters” programs are “Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind” and “Robert Capa: In Love and War.”

Limited series noms went to “American Experience: Jimmy Carter,” “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience,” “The Perilous Fight: America’s World War II in Color,” “The Long Grey Line: The Spirit of West Point” and “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow.”

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