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2012 IDA Documentary Awards: Best Limited Series Nominees

By IDA Editorial Staff

On Death Row won Best Limited Series Award 2012

Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan
Executive Producers: Dan Cesareo, Doug DePriest, Vince DiPersio, Laura Civiello, Tim Rummel
Series Producers: Kathryn Gilbert, Joe Venafro, Keith Saunders
Producers/Shooters: Joe Venafro, Christopher Whiteneck, David D'Angelo, Scott Stoneback
Big Fish Entertainment for NBC/G4 Media, Inc.

This groundbreaking series gives viewers a never-before-seen look at an elite, eight-man Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit as they seek out danger and put their lives on the line while on a six-month deployment in Afghanistan. Viewers witness the intensity of war as the elite team searches out, disarms and destroys an array of deadly explosives with one goal: to save lives, and then return home safely. More than 15 cameras, including both helmet- and body-mounted, were utilized to capture the troops and witness every aspect of their tour, from the life-or-death missions to light-hearted moments shared among the brothers-in-arms.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Director/Producer: Martin Scorsese
Executive Producers: Scott Pascucci (Grove Street), Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Sikelia Productions), Margaret Bodde
Producers: Olivia Harrison, Nigel Sinclair
Supervising Producer: Blair Foster
Grove Street Pictures, Spitfire Pictures, and Sikelia Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films

George Harrison: Living in the Material World focuses the imaginative and inspired eye of one of cinema's most pre-eminent filmmakers on one of the world's most influential men. The film takes viewers on the musical and spiritual voyage that was George Harrison's life, much of it told in his own words. The result is deeply moving and touches each viewer in unique and individual ways.

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, seeker, philanthropist and filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.

*On Death Row (winner)
Director/Writer: Werner Herzog
Producer: Erik Nelson
Coordinating Producer: Robert Erickson
Executive Producers: Dave Harding; Amy Briamonte; Andre Singer (Spring Films), Lucki Stipetic (Werner Herzog Film); Nick Raslan (Skellig Rock); Henry Schleiff and Sara Kozak (Investigation Discovery)
Creative Differences, Investigation Discovery

In this four-part series, Werner Herzog explores the abyss of the human soul. Through interviews with five inmates awaiting their executions by lethal injection in the Texas and Florida prison systems, Herzog conducts a uniquely thought-provoking analysis of why people, and the state, kill.

The episodes of On Death Row feature intense interviews with death row inmates, who share their own accounts of life in captivity and the crimes that condemned them. While German-born Herzog respectfully disagrees with capital punishment, the series is not focused on the politics surrounding the death penalty. Instead, in true Herzog style, he explores the emotions that these men and women go through as they possess the haunting knowledge of exactly when-and how-they are going to die.

Slavery: A 21st Century Evil
Directors: David Hickman, Tim Tate, Tom Phillips
Executive Producer: Jon Blair
Series Producer: Tim Tate
Al Jazeera English

Today, 27 million men, women and children are held, sold and trafficked as slaves throughout the world. In Slavery: A 21st Century Evil, journalist Rageh Omaar embarks on a worldwide journey to uncover the truth about the flourishing 21st century slave trade. Episode by episode, his investigation exposes the brutal reality of modern slavery and unravels the reasons this age-old evil persists.

The Weight of the Nation
Executive Producers: Sheila Nevins, John Hoffman
Producers: John Hoffman, Dan Chaykin, Sarah Teale
Co-Producers: Tomek Gross, Alexandra Moss, Sonia Dulay Ricci

HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente

The Weight of the Nation, a four-part documentary series, features case studies, interviews with America's leading experts and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. The films in the series examine the causes, scope and health consequences of the obesity epidemic; reveal what science has shown about weight loss and weight gain; and document the damage obesity is doing to America's children.