Politics hung in the air Friday night as filmmakers packed the DGA for the IDA Documentary Awards.
“We are the good 1%,” IDA board prexy Eddie Schmidt told the crowd after emerging from a tent with an “Occupy Hollywood” sign.
Danfung Dennis took home the emerging filmmaker award for “Hell and Back Again,” his portrait of soldiers fighting the war in Afghanistan. “I came back from a world of life and death and blood and dust to a world where it felt like everyone was shopping,” he said.
The best feature award went to “Nostalgia for the Light” by Patricio Guzman. “A country that doesn’t have documentary filmmaking is like a family without a photo album,” said Guzman.
Les Blank received the career achievement award. “He has filmed lots of things, including me cooking my shoe and eating it,” said Werner Herzog. “I think he should be a national treasure.”