October 27, 2009

Awards Roundup: October 19-26, 2009

1) Awards

British Independent Film Award--Nominees
Best Documentary:
The Age of Stupid (Dir./Prod.: Franny Armstrong)
The End of the Line (Dir.: Rupert Murray)
Mugabe and the White African (Dirs.: Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson)
Sons of Cuba (Dir.: Andrew Lang)
Sounds Like Teen Spirit (Dir.: Jamie J. Johnson)

Directors Guild of Canada Awards
Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary: Air India 182 (Dir.: Stula Gunnarsson)

Doc Alliance Award--Nominees
Auto*Mat (Dir.: Martin Mareček; Czech Republic)
Big John (Dir.: Haard Bustnes; Norway)
Hotel Sahara (Dir.: Bettina Haasen; Germany)
Maggie in Wonderland (Dirs.: Ester Martin Bergsmark, Beatrice "Maggie" Andersson, Mark Hammarberg; Sweden, Finland)

Gemini Awards (Canada)
Academy Achievement Award: Allan King
Canada Award: Club Native (Dirs.: Catherine Bainbridge, Christine Fon, Linda Ludwick, Adam Symansky, Ernest Webb)
Best Biography Documentary Program: Peace Warrior (Prods.: Sue Ridout,
Sara Darling; Dreamfilm Productions Ltd.)
Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series: TVO Kids--Mark's Moments (Prods. Marney Malabar, Daniel Bourre, Pat Ellingson, Mark Sykes; TVO)
Best Documentary Series: CBC News: The Lens (Prods.: Andrew Johnson, Charlotte Odele, Catherine Olsen, Angelina Stokman; CBC Television)
Best General/Human Interest Series: X-Weighted (Prods.: Margaret Mardirossian, Helen Schmidt, Candice Tipton, David Way)
Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series:  Holmes in New Orleans
(Prods.:  Mike Holmes, Peter Kettlewell, Michael Quast)
Best History Documentary Program:  China's Earthquake: The People In the Pictures (Prods.: Susan Teskey, Diana Dai; CBC)
Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series:
 The Young Romantic (Prods.: Niv Fichman, Jessica Daniel, Barbara
Willis Sweete; Rhombus Media Inc.)
Best Direction in a Documentary Program: Robert Cornellier (Black Wave The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez)
Best Direction in a Documentary Series:  Michael McNamara (Driven By Vision: Of Castles, Kings and Jesters)
Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series: Graham Booth (Austin Stevens Adventures--In the Shadow of Armoured Giants)
Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series: Harvey Cashore (CBC News: the fifth estate: The Chess Master)
Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program or Series: Barbara Willis Sweete (The Young Romantic)
Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or Series: Daniel Séguin (The Wild Horse Redemption)
Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series: Ian Kerr, John Collins (The Wild Horse Redemption)
Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series: Nick Hector, C.C.E. (Air India 182)
Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series:
Bruce Cameron, Jean Asselin, Adrian Tucker (The Musical Brain)
Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series: Tracey Deer (Club Native)
Best Writing in an Information Program or Series:
Gillian Findlay (CBC News: the fifth estate: A Death in the Family)

ITVS 2009 International Call--Funded Projects
The 2009 International Call projects selected for funding and US television broadcast include:

74 Square Meters (Dirs.: Tiziana Panizza, Paola Castillo; Chile)
Iselsa, Kathy and tribal leader Iván will accomplish a dream. Along with 150 other marginalized families from Valparaíso, Chile, they were chosen for a social experiment, which moves them from their precarious homes to a middle-class neighborhood. But their new neighbors consider them
criminals who put their homes at risk.

The Last White Man Standing (Dirs./Prods.: Justin Webster, Mette Heide, Don Edkins; Kenya)
Tom Cholmondeley, heir to the largest, white-owned estate in Kenya, stands accused of murdering a black poacher on his land. The film follows the ongoing case and describes its sociopolitical context.

The Team (Dir.: Patrick Reed; Kenya)
Kenyans scramble to produce a dramatic TV soap opera series, hoping controversial storylines can bridge ethnic divisions. Can they captivate an audience and help transform a nation? Can one of the lowliest of art forms contribute to the loftiest of ideals-real social change?

Teacher (Dir.: Leslie Wiener; Vietnam)
For the past 15 years, Nguyen Van Hung, once a homeless drug addict, has dedicated his life to helping street children survive AIDS in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. TEACHER is the story of one man's fight against an epidemic that claims its victims by the millions, and the innocent children and teenagers struck by the reality of a global nightmare.

This Is My Picture When I Was Dead (Dir.: Mahmoud Al Massad; Jordan)
What if one's death was not the end of his journey? Four-year-old Bashir was killed in the assassination of his father, a top PLO lieutenant. What if Bashir was brought back to life, to dig through his past only to learn that the dream that he and his father died for is becoming a nation turned against itself?

The Rodriguez Project (Dir.: Malik Bendjelloul; South Africa)
By American music artist Rodriguez releases an album in 1970 and fails completely. He lives his whole life working as a manual laborer without learning that his album becomes massive in South Africa. Twenty-five years later, a Johannesburg detective finds Rodriguez; as he travels to South Africa and discovers that there he is more famous than the Rolling Stones.

2) Festivals

Hollywood Film Festival
Best Documentary: Garbage Dreams (Dir.: Mai Iskander)

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award: CBQM (Dir.: Dennis Allen)
Honorable Mention: Reel Injun (Dir.: Neil Diamond)
Best Short Documentary: How People Got Fire (Dir.: Daniel Janke, Chris Auchter)

International Film Festival of Patras City - 10th International Panorama

Best Documentary: Elegy of Wood (Dir.: Vaclav Kadrnka; Czech Republic)
Greek Competition:
Best Documentary: The Secret of Dawn (Dir.: Giorgos Avgeropoulos)

New Hampshire Film Festival
Audience Choice Award for Documentary: The Way We Get By (Dir.: Aron Gaudet; Prod.: Gita Pullapilly)

LA Latino International Film Festival
Best Documentary: Sons of Cuba (Dir.: Andrew Lang; Cuba)
Honorable Mentions: Titón, de la Habana a Guantanamera  (Dir.: Mirtha Ibarra;  Spain); La Vida Loca (The Crazy Life) (Dir.: Christian Poveda; Mexico/France/Spain)
CineLatino Audience Award: Documentary:  Titón, de la Habana a Guantanamera  (Dir.: Mirtha
Ibarra;  Spain)

Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival
Best Canadian Short Form Film: This Land Dir.: Dianne Whelan)
Best International Short Form Film: Pancevo--A Dead City  (Dir.: Antonio Martino)
Best Canadian Long Form Film: Earth Keepers (Dir.: Sylvie Van Brabant)
Best International Long Form Film: Marina of the Zabbaleen (Dir.: Engie Wassef)

Rome International Film Festival
Silver Marc'Aurelio for Best Documentary:
Sons of Cuba (Dir.: Andrew Lang; Cuba)

Special Mention for Cinematic Excellence: Severe Clear (Dir./Prod.: Kristin Fraga)