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DGA nominates documentaries

Winner will be announced on Feb. 3

The Directors Guild of America has selected a quintet of first-time nominees for its feature docu award.

The DGA announced Tuesday it had tapped Amy Berg for Lionsgate’s “Deliver Us From Evil,” Michael Glawogger for Lotus-Quinte’s “Workingman’s Death,” James Longley for Typecast-HBO’s “Iraq in Fragments,” Arunas Matelis for Studio Nominum’s “Before Flying Back to Earth” and Jean-Henri Meunier for Little Bear’s “Ici Najac, a vous la terre.”

The winner will be announced Feb. 3 at the DGA Awards at the Century Plaza.

“Deliver Us From Evil” and “Iraq in Fragments” are on the short list of 15 finalists for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences feature documentary Oscar.

Werner Herzog won the DGA’s award last year for “Grizzly Man”; “March of the Penguins” won the Oscar.

The DGA also announced nominees for its commercials award, including three-time winner Joe Pytka. In his 15th DGA nod, Pytka was nominated for “Clydesdales American Dream,” Budweiser; “Preparation,” Disney; and “Where Were You,” WTC Memorial.

Also nominated were Dante Ariola of MJZ for “Snowball” (Travelers Insurance), “First Taste” (Coca-Cola) and “Human” (Johnny Walker); Bryan Buckley of Hungry Man for “Animal” (Amex) and “Manthem” and “More Mayo” (Burger King); David Gray of Hungry Man for “Transvestite” and “Mugger” (Tribeca Film Festival), “Jesus Throws” (Full Tilt Poker) and “Born” (eBay); and Tom Kuntz of MJZ for “Fruit Pants” (Altoids) and “Trade,” “Beard” and “Leak” for Skittles.

It was Ariola’s fourth nom and Buckley’s third. Craig Gillespie of MJZ won the award last year.

Directorial Achievement in Documentary:

Amy Berg, “Deliver Us From Evil”, Lionsgate Films

Michael Glawogger, “Workingman’s Death”, Lotus Films & Quinte Film

James Longley, “Iraq In Fragments”, Typecast Pictures/HBO Documentary Films

Arunas Matelis, “Before Flying Back To The Earth”, Studio Nominum

Jean-Henri Meunier, “Ici Najac, A Vous La Terre”, Little Bear

Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Dante Ariola, MJZ
“Snowball,” Traveler’s Insurance – Fallon MN
“First Taste,” Coca Cola – Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam
Unit Production Manager: Natalie Gillian Hill First Assistant Director: Gregory G. McCollum
Second Assistant Director: John Ray Elmore
“Human,” Johnny Walker – Bartle Bogle Hegarty
Unit Production Manager: Brady Vant Hull First Assistant Director: Haze J. F. Bergeron III Second Assistant Director: Ryan E. Lippert

Bryan Buckley, Hungry Man
“Animal,” Amex – Ogilvy & Mather
Unit Production Manager: Stephen W. Ruggieri First Assistant Director: Craig H. Owens Second Assistant Director: Eric Topp
Second Second Assistant Director: Robert Torres
“Manthem,” Burger King – Crispin Porter Bogusky
First Assistant Director: Kevin Byrne
“More Mayo,” Burger King – Crispin Porter Bogusky
First Assistant Director: Rhonda L. Raulston
Second Assistant Director: Dean Peratsakis

David Gray, Hungry Man
“Transvestite,” Tribeca Film Festival – Ogilvy & Mather
“Mugger,” Tribeca Film Festival
First Assistant Director: John C. Towse
Second Assistant Director: Michael R. Vernola
“Jesus Throws,” Full Tilt Poker – Wong Doody
First Assistant Director: Edward James Walsh
Second Assistant Director: Ronald C. Misetich
“Born,” Ebay – Delaney Lund, Know Warren

Tom Kuntz, MJZ
“Fruit Pants,” Altoids – Leo Burnett
First Assistant Director: Chris Tomas Medak
Second Assistant Director: Shea Farrell
Second Second Assistant Directors: Leslie M. Evers, Cara Lee McCastlain
“Trade,” Skittles – TBWA
Chiat Day
“Beard,” Skittles
“Leak,” Skittles
Unit Production Manager: Caleb Harper Omens
First Assistant Director: Craig H. Owens
Second Assistant Director: Eric Topp

Joe Pytka, Pytka
“Clydesdales American Dream,” Budweiser – DDB
First Assistant Director: Randy Fletcher Second Assistant Director: Greg J. Jenks
“Preparation,” Disney – Leo Burnett
First Assistant Director: Randy Fletcher
Second Assistant Directors: Randall Scott LaFollette, Fred A.Donatelli

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