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IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards, 1985-1995

By IDA Editorial Staff

A black-and-white photo of a man smiling from Rob Epstein and Richard Schienchen’s 'The Times of Harvey Milk.'


America and Lewis Hine
Produced by Daniel Y. Allentuck and Nina Rosenblum;
Directed by Nina Rosenblum

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
Written, produced and directed by George Stevens, Jr.

Sixteen Days of Glory
Written, produced, and directed by Bud Greenspan

The Times of Harvey Milk
Produced by Richard Schmiechen;
Co-produced/directed by Robert Epstein


Jacques Cousteau: The First 75 Years
Produced by John Soh

Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
Produced and directed by Susana Munoz and Lourdes Portillo

Produced and directed by Claude Lanzman

Soldiers in Hiding
Executive Produced and directed by Malcolm Clarke

Tosca's Kiss
Directed by Daniel Schmid


Chasing a Rainbow: The Life of Josephine Baker
Executive Produced by Mick Csaky

Eyes on the Prize: Episode 6—The Bridge to Freedom
Executive Produced by Henry Hampton

Produced by Stefan Jarl

Thy Kingdom Come... Thy Will Be Done
Produced by Anthony Thomas


Broken Noses
Directed by Bruce Weber

Dear America: Letters Homefrom Vietnam
Produced and directed by Bi ll Couturie

Nobody Listened
Produced and directed by Nestor Almendros and Jorge Ulla

The Thin Blue Line
Directed by Errol Morris

Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Produced and directed by Renee Tajima and Christine Choy


For All Mankind
Produced and directed by Al Reinert

Honey Hunters
Produced and directed by Eric Valli

Let's Get Lost
Produced and directed by Bruce Weber

Twilight City
Directed by Reece Auguiste

Who Shot President Kennedy?
Produced and directed by Robert Richter


Adam Clayton Powell
Produced by Richard Kilberg and Yvonne Smith

Berkeley in the Sixties
Produced by Mark Kitchell

Hello, Do You Hear Us? Red Hot
Produced by Yuris Podnieks and Richard Creasy

Paris Is Burning
Produced by Jennie Livingston and Barry Swimar

Roger and Me
Produced by Michael Moore


Absolutely Positive
Produced by Janet Cole; Directed by Peter Adair

American Dream
Produced and directed by Barbara Kopple

Color Adjustment
Produced by Marlon T. Riggs and Vivian Kleiman;
Directed by Marlon T. Riggs

Soldiers of Music
Produced by Peter Gelb and Susan Froemke; Directed by Susan Froemke, Peter Gelb, Albert Maysles and Bob Eisenhardt

The Civil War: Episode One—The Cause
Produced by Ken Burns and Ric Burns; Directed by Ken Burns


A Brief History of Time
Produced by David Hickman; Directed by Errol Morris

Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest
Produced and directed by David Yan Taylor

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse
Produced by George Zaloom and Les Mayfield;
Directed by Fax Bahr;
Documentary footage directed by Eleanor Coppola

History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige
Produced and Directed by Rea Tajiri

Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II
Produced and directed by William Miles and Nina Rosenblum


The Donner Party
Produced by Ric Burns and Lisa Ades; Directed by Ric Burns

Intimate Stranger
Produced and directed by Alan Berliner

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
Produced and directed by Jerry Aronson

Silverlake Life: The Viewfrom Here
Produced and directed by Peter Friedman and Tom Joslin

Something Within Me
Produced by Jerret Engle;
Directed by Emma Joan Morris


bui doi: life like dust (short)
Produced and Directed by Ahrin Mishan and Nick Rothenberg

Black Harvest
Produced and Directed by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson

Freedom on My Mind
Produced and Directed by Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford

Hoop Dreams
Produced by Frederick Marx, Steve James and Peter Gilbert; Directed by Steve James

I am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School
Produced by Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond;
Directed by Susan Raymond

Moving the Mountain
Produced by Trudie Styler;
Directed by Michael Apted


89mm from Europe (short)
Produced by Janusz Skalkowski and Wojciech Szczudlo;
Written and directed by Marcel Lozinski

Produced by Lynn O' Donnell and Terry Zwigoff;
Directed by Terry Zwigoff

The Devil Never Sleeps
Produced and directed by Lourdes Portillo;
Co-produced by Michelle Valladares

Produced by Susan MacKinnon;
Directed by Lawrence Johnston

Produced and directed by David Grubin