IDA sets documentary nominees

Winners to be announced Dec. 2

The Intl. Documentary Assn. has tapped a quintet of titles for its feature award: “Better This World,” “How to Die in Oregon,” “Nostalgia for the Light,” “The Redemption of General Butt Naked” and “The Tiniest Place.”

Winners will be announced Dec. 2 at the DGA in Hollywood.

“Better This World” is Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega’s account of two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, who wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention; “How to Die in Oregon” is Peter Richardson’s portrait of what it means to die with dignity; “Nostalgia” is a personal odyssey from Chilean director Patricio Guzman; Daniele Anastasion and Eric Strauss’ “Butt Naked” confronts hard questions about both the power and limits of forgiveness; and “The Tiniest Place” is Tatiana Huezo’s story of an annihilated Salvadorian town.

The five nominated films in the short category are “Broken Doors,” Goro Toshima’s look at a young, homeless couple, struggling to survive on the streets of Hollywood; Barbara Hammer’s “Maya Deren’s Sink,” a tribute to the mother of avant-garde American film; “Minka,” Davina Pardo’s story about architecture, memory and the meaning of home; Sara Nesson’s “Poster Girl,” a portrait of an all-American high-school cheerleader turned poster girl for women in combat struggling with the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress order; and “The Warriors of Quigang,” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon’s look at villagers in a remote district of China who battle a chemical company.

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IDA also announced that the best feature and short award winners would again be selected by IDA’s members through an innovative online viewing and voting process.

The five nominees for the Continuing Series Award are “30 for 30” (ESPN Films), “American Experience” (WGBH), “The Passionate Eye” (CBC), “POV” (American Documentary Inc. and POV) and “Vanguard” (Current). Limited Series nominees are “Boomtown” (Planet Green), “If God Is Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise” (HBO Documentary Films), “On Series” (Current), “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook” (PBS) and “The National Parks Project” (Discovery World HD).

Nominees for the IDA Humanitas Award are “The Carrier” (Maggie Betts, director), “How to Die in Oregon” (Richardson), “The Learning” (Ramona Diaz), “Position Among the Stars” (Leonard Retel Helmrich) and “The Tiniest Place” (Huezo).

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