Re-enactment-centered docus won the night as “Man on Wire” and “Waltz With Bashir” tied for distinguished feature honors Friday at the Intl. Documentary Assn. Awards.
James Marsh’s “Man on Wire” uses extensive re-creations to chronicle Philippe Petit’s illegal high-wire walk between the World Trade Center towers, while “Waltz With Bashir” director Ari Folman’s wartime remembrances in Lebanon are entirely animated.
Hosted by “Super Size Me” helmer Morgan Spurlock at the DGA Theater, the annual gala also honored veteran docmakers Werner Herzog (“Encounters at the End of the World”) and Rob Epstein (“The Times of Harvey Milk”), editor Sam Pollard (“When the Levees Broke”) and preservationist Marina Goldovskaya.
Thesp Adrian Grenier presented the aud nod to “Food Fight,” Chris Taylor’s look at the organic food industry. Stefan Forbes earned the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award for his docu “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.”