Cinema Eye's Heterodox Award Nominees Straddle the Documentary-Fiction Line

by Sophia Savage
January 4, 2011 10:05 AM
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Filmmaker Magazine is sponsoring Cinema Eye's new Heterodox Award as part of their Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking which are presented taking January 18 at New York's Museum of the Moving Image. The Heterodox category is created for films that "imaginatively incorporate nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. These films illuminate the formal possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking while raising provocative questions about on-going documentary orthodoxy and the perceived boundaries between narrative and nonfiction filmmaking."

This year's five nominees are Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s Alamar, Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill, Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro Volte, Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Trailers for all are after the jump. Cinema Eye laid out the criteria, editors of Filmmaker Magazine chose the nominees and a jury of filmmakers will choose the winner. Filmmaker Magazine is "honored to celebrate with Cinema Eye the five narrative films this year that have most adventurously burst through the boundaries separating art and life," said editor Scott Macaulay.

Cinema Eye co-chair Esther Robinson stated:

“Filmmakers have always been at the forefront of raising important questions about the construction of truth, but the borders between fiction and non-fiction film are both slippery and oft times guarded with provincial and outmoded thinking." The Heterodox Award "hopes to puncture this border, by honoring a narrative film that best illuminates the beauty and importance of creating new territories of cinema - inhabitable by both fiction and nonfiction films alike.”

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