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Doctalk: IDA Awards Special

By KJ Relth

The Documentary Channel and the IDA have reteamed to create a special Doctalk show from the IDA’s 27th Annual Documentary Awards. This year, the awards show was hosted by Eddie Schmidt, Tiffany Shlain and Josh Fox. This special Doctalk show features exclusive interviews with the nominated feature and short subject filmmakers, along with red carpet and awards show footage.

The IDA awarded its prestigious 2011 Career Achievement Award to legendary filmmaker Les Blank, which was presented by Werner Herzog. The Pare Lorentz award went to Bill Haney for The Last Mountain, and the Jacqueline Donnet emerging filmmaker award went to Danfung Dennis for the riveting Hell and Back Again.

Feature documentary nominees include Nostalgia For the Light, How to Die in Oregon, and Better This World, and Short Subject nominees include Broken Doors, Minka, and Poster Girl.

This Doctalk special airs on Friday, March 16th at 8pm ET and re-airs at 11pm ET (5pm and 8pm Pacific).

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