The announcement of the IDA winners was posted online at 8 PM PST, just as the ceremony was beginning. The big winner was Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil, which won both music and best feature awards (the full list of winners is at indieWIRE.com), but did not make the Oscar short list. "We are living proof that dreams do come true," said drummer Rob Reiner.
Here's my impromptu low-light interview with Anvil:
As Stanford student Peter Jordan accepted an award for The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico, Glass quipped, "I was 19 when I started making documentaries. I hope he's ready for a life where you don't make much money."
Philip Glass paid tribute to achievement award winner Errol Morris, for whom he composed three of his best scores, for The Thin Blue Line, A Brief History of Time and The Fog of War. "He's been vilified and glorified. What more can an artist hope for?" asked Glass, revealing that Morris dropped out of Julliard and still plays the cello. "With Errol there's a lot of heavy lifting. When I get a call from Errol I'm always ready to go. No one works harder. He sets the bar very high. And sets it just as high for you. At that point there's only one way to go. Up."
Author of the indie filmmakers bible, Clearance & Copyright, attorney Michael Donaldson earned rousing applause accepting the Amicus Award for his many hours of pro bono work on behalf of indie filmmakers, fighting for fair use. "I do this work because documentary filmmakers are my hero," he said. "Documentary filmmakers are the truth tellers today."