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‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Faces Places’ Among IDA Documentary Awards Nominees

The International Documentary Assn. announced feature and short film nominees Wednesday. Individual creative recognition award winners were also revealed.

Feature nominees were Matthew Heineman’s “City of Ghosts,” about anonymous activists on the ground in ISIS-controlled Raqqua, Syria; Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ “Dina,” an unconventional love story between an eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter; “Faces Places,” documenting Honorary Oscar recipient Agnes Varda and muralist JR’s journey of portraiture across rural France; Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin’s “LA 92,” a meticulously assembled first-hand account of the 1992 Los Angeles riots; and Yance Ford’s “Strong Island,” a deeply personal examination of miscarried justice.

Previously announced were the IDA’s nominees in television series categories.

Last year’s IDA Award winners included ESPN’s “O.J.: Made in America” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer.”

This year 170 films were submitted for documentary feature consideration at the Oscars.

The 33rd annual IDA Awards will be held on Dec. 9.

Full list of 2017 IDA Awards nominees below.

Best Feature

City of Ghosts” (Amazon Studios)
Director/Producer: Matthew Heineman

Dina” (The Orchard)
Directors/Producers: Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles

“Faces Places” (Cohen Media Group)
Directors: Agnès Varda and JR

LA 92” (National Geographic)
Directors: Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin
Producers: Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, Tim Pastore, Matt Renner and Sarah Gibson

Strong Island” (Netflix)
Director/Producer: Yance Ford
Producer Joslyn Barnes

Best Short

“Edith+Eddie” (Kartemquin Films)
Director: Laura Checkoway
Producer: Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

“The Fight” (The Guardian)
Directors/Producers: Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw

“Heaven Is A Traffic Jam On The 405”
Director/Producer: Frank Stiefel

“Long Shot” (Netflix)
Director: Jacob LaMendola
Producers: Jacob LaMendola, Mary Beth Minthorn, Milos S. Silber and Todd Wiseman Jr.

“Mr. Connolly Has ALS” (Impact Media Partners)
Director/Producer: Dan Habib

“The Rabbit Hunt” (Topic Studios)
Director: Patrick Bresnan
Producer: Ivete Lucas

Creative Recognition Award Winners

Best Cinematography
“Machines” (Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva)

Best Editing
“Dawson City: Frozen Time” (Bill Morrison)

Best Music
“Brimstone and Glory” (Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin)

Best Writing
“Donkeyote” (Chico Pereira, Manuel Pereira and Gabriel Molera)

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED:

Pare Lorentz Award

“Watani: My Homeland” (Recipient)
Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen

“Intent to Destroy” (Special Mention)
Director: Joe Berlinger

ABC News VideoSource Award

“Blood On The Mountain” (Virgil Films/Netflix)
Directors: Mari-Lynn Evans and Jordan Freeman

“Elián” (Gravitas Ventures, CNN Films)
Directors: Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell

“Icarus” (Netflix)
Director: Bryan Fogel

“LA 92” (National Geographic)
Directors: Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin

“Obit.” (Kino Lorber)
Director: Vanessa Gould

Best Curated Series Award

“American Experience” (PBS)
Executive Producer: Mark Samels

“Dokumania” (DR)
Executive Producer: Anders Bruus

“Independent Lens” (PBS)
Executive Producers: Lois Vossen and Sally Jo Fifer

“POV” (PBS)
Executive Producers: Justine Nagan and Chris White

“REEL SOUTH” (UNC-TV, South Carolina ETV, NETA and WORLD)
Executive Producers: Rachel Raney and Amy Shumaker

Best Limited Series Award

“Daughters of Destiny” (Netflix)
Executive Producer: Vanessa Roth

“The Defiant Ones” (HBO)
Executive Producers: Allen Hughes, Doug Pray, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Jerry Longarzo, Michael Lombardo, and Gene Kirkwood

“The Keepers” (Netflix)
Executive Producers: Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave

“The Vietnam War” (PBS/WETA)
Executive Producer: Ken Burns

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” (Spike)
Executive Producers: Jenner Furst and Nick Sandow

Best Episodic Series Award

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (CNN)
Executive Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig

“Chef’s Table” (Netflix)
Executive Producers: David Gelb, Matthew Weaver, Brian McGinn, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Matthew Hilliard

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” (A&E)
Executive Producers: Leah Remini, Aaron Saidman, Alex Weresow, Devon-Graham-Hammonds, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Amy Savitsky

“MARS” (National Geographic)
Executive Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Michael Rosenberg, Dave O’Connor, Jon Kamen, Tommy Turtle, David Sirulnick, Jonathan Silberberg, Lorenzo Mieli, Everardo Gout, Justin Wilkes, Tim Pastore, Matt Renner, Robert Palumbo, and David Sirulneck

“Planet Earth II” (BBC AMERICA/BBC Worldwide)
Executive Producer: Michael Gunton

Best Short Form Series Award

“Field of Vision” (Field of Vision)
Executive Producers: Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook

“Shorts on Time”
Executive Producers: Julie Parker Benello

The Guardian documentaries (The Guardian)
Executive Producers: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton

The New York Times Op-Docs (The New York Times)
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo

“The Secret Life of Muslims” (Vox)
Executive Producers: Joshua Seftel and Reza Aslan

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

“Believers” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Director: Ray Whitehouse

“Chomo” (National Film and Television School – United Kingdom)
Director: Maayan Arad

“How To Make A Pearl” (UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism)
Director: Jason Hanasik

“Man on Fire” (University of Texas, Austin)
Director: Joel Fendelman

“Room 140” (Stanford University)
Director: Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz

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