DOC NYC award winners announced

Viewfinders, Metropolis, Shorts and Short List results

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Mark Deeble, co-director with Victoria Stone for The Elephant Queen, won the Short List Feature Cinematography Award
Mark Deeble, co-director with Victoria Stone for The Elephant Queen, won the Short List Feature Cinematography Award

The tenth anniversary DOC NYC Viewfinders, Metropolis, Shorts, and Short List juried award winners were announced on Tuesday night at the Flatiron Room. Petra Costa’s The Edge of Democracy, producers Steven Bognar, Julie Parker Benello, Jeff Reichert and Julia Reichert for American Factory, Todd Douglas Miller for Apollo 11, Mark Deeble for The Elephant Queen, and Waad al-Kateab for For Sama received honours in the new Short List Features award section.

Apollo 11 director Todd Douglas Miller was honoured with the Short List Feature Editing Award
Apollo 11 director Todd Douglas Miller was honoured with the Short List Feature Editing Award

Viewfinders Competition:

Grand Jury Prize Winner: City Dream, directed by Weijun Chen

Special Mention: Love Child, directed by Eva Mulvad

Jurors’ statement: “City Dream is an incisive and compassionate look at the disconnect between authority and democracy and its impact on the day to day lives of ordinary civilians.”

Metropolis Competition:

Grand Jury Prize Winner: Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, directed by John Carluccio

Jurors’ statement: “Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back beautifully captures one of the many fabulous stories New York has to offer, but transcends easy assumptions to become an emotional meditation on the universal theme of love, loss, family, art, ageing and more.”

Shorts Competition:

Grand Jury Prize Winner: Bob Of The Park, directed by Jake Sumner

Special Mentions: A Childhood On Fire, directed by Jason Hanasik, and Yves & Variation, directed by Lydia Cornett.

Jurors’ statement: “Bob Of The Park is a surprising, complex and involving character study that looks beyond the subject to raise bigger questions about humanity and its effect on nature.”

DOC NYC PRO Pitch Perfect Award:

Winner: After Sherman, directed by Jon-Sesrie

Waad al-Kateab received the Short List Feature Special Recognition for Courage in Filmmaking for For Sama, which was co-directed by Edward Watts
Waad al-Kateab received the Short List Feature Special Recognition for Courage in Filmmaking for For Sama, which was co-directed by Edward Watts

Short List: Features:

Directing Award: The Edge Of Democracy, directed by Petra Costa

Jurors’ statement: The Directing Award goes to a film that is at once intimate in access and epic in scope. It is audacious and personal, tragic and hopeful, committed to history and urgently engaged with the present.”

Producing Award: American Factory, produced by Steven Bognar, Julie Parker Benello, Jeff Reichert and Julia Reichert (directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert)

Jurors’ statement: “The Producing Award goes to filmmakers whose long-term commitment to people and to place brings integrity and depth to every frame they put on screen.”

Editing Award: Apollo 11, edited by Todd Douglas Miller (directed by Todd Douglas Miller)

Jurors’ statement: “The Editing Award goes to a film that took a staggering amount of archival footage and used it to craft an engaging story of the triumph of science, and a time when this country was united by the spirit of curiosity and endless possibility.”

Cinematography Award: The Elephant Queen, cinematography by Mark Deeble (directed by Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble)

Jurors’ statement: “The Cinematography Award goes to a film that breathtakingly captures the interdependence of creatures large and small and their life and death reliance on the world’s most precious resource.”

Special Recognition for Courage in Filmmaking: For Sama director Waad al-Kateab (directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts)

Jurors’ statement: “Special recognition for exceptional bravery goes to a filmmaker who put her body and her camera in the path of death and didn’t flinch. She produced a moving, human portrait of the human will to survive and the refusal to surrender.”

Short List: Shorts:

Directing Award: Stay Close, directed by Luther Clement and Shuhan Fan

Jurors’ statement: “The Directing Award goes to Stay Close, a work of inspired filmmaking that features a brilliant mix of live action and animation to tell an intensely human story. Both filmmakers and subject display a whimsical, playful sensibility.”

The Audience Award, voted on by DOC NYC audiences from all new features in the regular lineup screening in the festival, will be announced on November 15.

The Viewfinders, Metropolis, Shorts and Audience Award winners will all have special public encore screenings on November 15 at IFC Center.

The 10th DOC NYC runs through November 15 at Cinépolis Chelsea, SVA Theatre, IFC Center.

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