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All Five Docs Nominated for Cinema Eye’s Top Prize Directed or Produced by a Woman

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by Inkoo Kang
November 8, 2013 11:30 AM
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Martha Shane (L) and Lana Wilson (R), directors and producers of 'After Tiller'

Nonfiction filmmaking tends to be the one bright spot for women in Hollywood, with female documentary directors nearing parity with their male counterparts. The nominations for Cinema Eye’s 7th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards confirm and celebrate that reality: for the first time in the award’s history, all five of the features competing for the “Best Documentary” prize were either directed or produced by a woman. Two of the films, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s After Tiller and Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, were helmed by a female director or directing team. A third, Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel’s Leviathan, was co-directed by a woman. 

Producers Signe Byrge Sørensen and Lydia Dean Pilcher worked behind the scenes of the other two nominated documentaries, The Act of Killing and Cutie and the Boxer, respectively. 

Of the 11 directors and producers behind the “Best Documentary” films, seven are women. Female directors also comprised the majority of the “Best Director” nominations, as well as Cinema Eye’s inaugural award for Nonfiction Films Made for Television.

The Cinema Eye Honors were founded in 2007 to recognize excellence in artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking. Winners of the 7th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced at a ceremony in early January 2014 in New York City.  

Scroll down for the full list of the women nominated for the Cinema Eye Awards: 


Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking 

The Act of Killing

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

Produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen

 

After Tiller

Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

Produced by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

 

Cutie and the Boxer

Directed by Zachary Heinzerling

Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mark Steele

Leviathan

Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel

Produced by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel

 

Stories We Tell

Directed by Sarah Polley

Produced by Anita Lee

  

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

After Tiller - Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

Leviathan - Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear - Tinatin Gurchiani

Stories We Tell - Sarah Polley


Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Leviathan - Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel

 

Outstanding Achievement in Production 

The Act of Killing - Signe Byrge Sorensen

After Tiller - Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

Dirty Wars - Anthony Arnove, Brenda Coughlin and Jeremy Scahill

  

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

Elena - Janice D’avila, Will Etchebehere and Miguel Vassy

Leviathan - Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel

 

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television

The Crash Reel

Directed by Lucy Walker

Produced by Julian Cautherley and Lucy Walker


Gideon’s Army

Directed by Dawn Porter

Produced by Dawn Porter and Julie Goldman


Homegoings

Directed by Christine Turner

Produced by Christine Turner


Inventing David Geffen

Directed by Susan Lacy

Produced by Susan Lacy and Jessica Levin


Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Directed by Alex Gibney

Produced by Alex Gibney, Alexandra Johnes, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider and Kristen Vaurio


Audience Choice Prize

Blackfish - Gabriela Cowperthwaite

The Crash Reel - Lucy Walker

Rafea: Solar Mama - Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim

The Square - Jehane Noujaim

Stories We Tell - Sarah Polley


Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film 

After Tiller - Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear - Tinatin Gurchiani


Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation

Maidentrip - Margot Tsakiri-Scanatovits & Daniel Chester

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks - Maryanne Butler & Marc Smith


Spotlight Award

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction - Sophie Huber

The Last Station - Cristian Soto and Catalina Vergara

Valentine Road - Marta Cunningham

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