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International Documentary Association to Honor Alex Gibney, Laura Poitras and Geralyn Dreyfous

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 25, 2013 at 1:32PM

The International Documentary Association today announced that it will honor filmmaker Alex Gibney with its 2013 Career Achievement Award, its Amicus Award to producer Geralyn Dreyfous, and its Courage Under Fire award to filmmaker Laura Poitras, who broke the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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The International Documentary Association today announced that it will honor filmmaker Alex Gibney with its 2013 Career Achievement Award, its Amicus Award to producer Geralyn Dreyfous, and its Courage Under Fire award to filmmaker Laura Poitras, who broke the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Alex Gibney.
Alex Gibney.

Oscar and Emmy winner Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") has had a remarkably prolific year. "Mea Maxima Culpa" (TOH! interview here), his heartbreaking portrait of now grown-up deaf victims of child abuse and the role of the Catholic Church in hushing it up, debuted on HBO early in 2013; the thrilling "We Steal Secrets" (TOH! interview here) on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the now convicted-for-treason whistleblower Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning), had a spring release; and "The Armstrong Lie" (TOH! interview here) is forthcoming, charting Lance Armstrong's "come-back" year, followed by his doping scandal.

Dreyfous’ executive producing and producing credits include Oscar-winning "Born Into Brothels," Oscar-nominated "The Invisible War," Emmy-nominated "The Day My God Died," as well as 2013’s "The Square" and "The Crash Reel." The IDA Amicus Award has been given only three other times over IDA Documentary Awards' 29-year run: to Michael Donaldson, John Hendricks and Steven Spielberg.

Poitras receives her award in recognition of “conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth.” This award is presented to documentary filmmakers by their peers for putting freedom of speech--represented in the crafts of documentary filmmaking and journalism--above all else, even their own personal safety. She is currently editing the third film of her trilogy (which includes "My Country, My Country" and "The Oath," both award-winning), a documentary about NSA surveillance.

The IDAs will be held December 6 in L.A.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.