Documentary Awards

JANE NAMED BEST DOCUMENTARY
AT SECOND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

cca_logo(Brooklyn, NY – November 2, 2017) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards tonight at a gala event, hosted by Penn Jillette at BRIC in Brooklyn.

“We are so happy to be able to celebrate the supremely talented, leading voices in this golden age of documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin. “It was another great night in Brooklyn in support of many of the most underappreciated artists in our business.”

During this year’s celebration, filmmaker Joe Berlinger was honored with the Critics’ Choice Impact Award and filmmaker Errol Morris was awarded the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presenters and attendees at the gala event included Clive Davis, Damien Echols, Gilbert Gottfried, Colin Hanks, Dolores Huerta, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence O’Donnell, Linda Perry, Kathryn Schulz, Fisher Stevens, Hannah Storm, and Diane Warren.

Jane took home the evening’s most prestigious award for Best Documentary.

There was a tie for Best Director between Evgeny Afineevsky for Cries from Syria and Frederick Wiseman for Ex Libris: The New York Public Library.

The award for Best First Documentary went to Kedi.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail won for Best Political Documentary.

The Award for Best Sports Documentary went to Icarus.

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives took home took home Best Music
Documentary.

There was a tie for Most Innovative Documentary between Dawson City: Frozen Time and Last Men in Aleppo.

The Best Song in a Documentary winner was “Jump” from Step , written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Laura Karpman , performed by Cynthia Erivo.

Best Documentary Series winner was The Vietnam War.

American Masters won the award for Best Ongoing Documentary Series.

Host Penn Jillette lead the celebrations for this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honorees — The Cats of Istanbul (Kedi), Etty Ausch (One of Us), Al Gore (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), Laird Hamilton (Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton), Dolores Huerta (Dolores), Gigi Lazzarato (This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous), The Sung Family (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail).

The second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards honor the finest achievement in documentary features and nonfiction television. The awards were determined by BFCA and BTJA members with expertise in the documentary field.
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards was produced by Bob Bain Productions.

About BFCA/BTJA
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organiz`ation in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

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WINNERS OF THE SECOND ANNUAL
CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Best Documentary – Jane

Best Director (TIE) – Evgeny Afineevsky (Cries from Syria) and Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris: The New York Public Library)

Best First Documentary – Kedi

Best Political Documentary – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Best Sports Documentary – Icarus

Best Music Documentary – Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Best Song in a Documentary – “Jump” (Step) – written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Laura Karpman, performed by Cynthia Erivo

Best Documentary Series – The Vietnam War

Best Ongoing Documentary Series – American Masters

Most Innovative Documentary (TIE) – Dawson City: Frozen Time and Last Men in Aleppo

 


SECOND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY
AWARDS NOMINATIONS UNVEILED

Gala Event to take place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn
Penn Jillette to Host for Second Year in a Row

cca_logoLOS ANGELES, CA (OCTOBER 9, 2017) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced the nominees for the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

Kedi leads the nominations this year with four nominations and one honor, including Best Documentary, Best First Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary, Ceyda Torun for Best Director and the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for The Cats of Istanbul.

Films that are recognized with three nominations are California Typewriter, Chasing Coral, City of Ghosts, Cries From Syria and Dawson City: Frozen Time.

The nominations for California Typewriter are Best Documentary, Best First Documentary and Doug Nichol for Best Director.

The nominations for Chasing Coral are Best Documentary, Jeff Orlowski for Best Director and Best Song in a Documentary.

The nominations for City of Ghosts are Best Documentary, Best Political Documentary and Matthew Heineman for Best Director.

The nominations for Cries From Syria Best Documentary, Evgeny Afineevsky for Best Director and Best Song in a Documentary.

The nominations for Dawson City: Frozen Time are Best Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary and Bill Morrison for Best Director.

The films that are recognized with two nominations and an honor are Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

The nominations for Abacus: Small Enough to Jail are Best Documentary and Best Political Documentary with an honor for Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary for The Sung Family.

The nominations for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power are Best Political Documentary and Best Song in a Documentary with an honor for the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary for Al Gore.

At the gala event, Academy Award and seven-time Emmy nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger will also be awarded the Critics’ Choice Impact Award.

Berlinger’s films include Brother’s Keeper, the Paradise Lost Trilogy, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Crude and Under African Skies. Berlinger’s most recent film, Intent to Destroy, pulls back the curtain on mass murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally. Intent to Destroy uses a historic feature film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century. Last summer Netflix released Berlinger’s Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, a vérité film that goes behind the scenes of the mega once-a-year seminar “Date With Destiny.” Killing Richard Glossip, Berlinger’s series for Investigation Discovery that premiered this April, tells the haunting story of a former motel manager sentenced to die for orchestrating a murder that he swears he had nothing to do with. Berlinger’s new eight-part docuseries for Spike TV premiered this summer. Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio, focuses on the deaths and disappearances of six young women in southern Ohio, and a system that failed to protect them. Premiering on SundanceTV in November is Berlinger’s four-part true crime documentary series Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders, a reexamination of the crime chronicled in Truman Capote’s landmark book and the Oscar-nominated film. Berlinger will also be shooting later this year the feature film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron.

“The inaugural event last year was such a fantastic night, we cannot wait to celebrate the leading lights in the doc world at our second annual event,” said Broadcast Film Critics Association President Joey Berlin. “This is a golden age for documentary filmmaking and nonfiction television and we’re proud to help audiences find the best of the best.”

There is a change in the awards categories this year, explained by David Freedman, Chairperson, Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominating Committees. “As our industry continues to grow and change, the nominating committees of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association came to the decision together that we needed our categories to better reflect the current way documentaries are released as well as how the audience consumes content. Therefore, the BEST DOCUMENTARY category, which last year was separated into Theatrical Releases and TV/Streaming releases, has been merged into a single category, and the same is also true for the BEST DIRECTOR and BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY categories.”

The nominees for the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are:

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Director: Steve James (Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE)
Beware the Slenderman – Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO, Warner Bros. Television Distribution / HBO Documentary Films, Vermilion Films)
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds – Directors: Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens (HBO / Bloomfish Pictures, HBO Documentary Films, Insurgent Docs, RatPac Documentary Films)
California Typewriter – Director: Doug Nichol (Gravitas Ventures / American Buffalo Pictures)
Chasing Coral – Director: Jeff Orlowski (Netflix / Exposure Labs)
City of Ghosts – Director: Matthew Heineman (Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, IFC Films / Our Time Projects)
Cries From Syria – Director: Evgeny Afineevsky (HBO / Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, Cinepost Barrandov, Levy Entertainment Group, Studio Malibu)
Dawson City: Frozen Time – Director: Bill Morrison (Kino Lorber / Hypnotic Pictures, Picture Palace Pictures)
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis – Director: Colin Hanks (HBO / Live Nation Productions, Company Name)
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library – Director: Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah Films)
Faces Places – Directors: Agnès Varda & JR (Cohen Media Group / Ciné Tamaris, Social Animals, Rouge International, Arte France Cinéma, Arches Films)
Jane – Director: Brett Morgen (National Geographic Documentary Films / National Geographic Studios, Public Road Productions)
Kedi – Director: Ceyda Torun (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
One of Us – Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady (Netflix / Loki Films)
Spettacolo – Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen (Grasshopper Film / Open Face)
Strong Island – Director: Yance Ford (Netflix / Yanceville Films, Louverture Films)

BEST DIRECTOR
Evgeny Afineevsky – Cries from Syria (HBO / Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, Cinepost Barrandov, Levy Entertainment Group, Studio Malibu)
Amir Bar-Lev – Long Strange Trip (Amazon / Amazon Studios, Double E Pictures, Sikelia Productions, AOMA Sunshine Films)
Matthew Heineman – City of Ghosts (Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, IFC Films / Our Time Projects)
Bill Morrison – Dawson City: Frozen Time (Kino Lorber / Hypnotic Pictures, Picture Palace Pictures)
Doug Nichol – California Typewriter (Gravitas Ventures / American Buffalo Pictures)
Jeff Orlowski – Chasing Coral (Netflix / Exposure Labs)
Irene Taylor Brodsky – Beware the Slenderman (HBO, Warner Bros. Television Distribution / HBO Documentary Films, Vermilion Films)
Ceyda Torun – Kedi (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
Agnès Varda & JR – Faces Places (Cohen Media Group / Ciné Tamaris, Social Animals, Rouge International, Arte France Cinéma, Arches Films)
Frederick Wiseman – Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (Zipporah Films)

BEST FIRST DOCUMENTARY
California Typewriter – Director: Doug Nichol (Gravitas Ventures / American Buffalo Pictures)
Kedi – Director: Ceyda Torun (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
Nowhere to Hide – Director: Zaradasht Ahmed (East Village Entertainment / Ten Thousand Images)
Step – Director: Amanda Lipitz (Fox Searchlight / Impact Partners, Stick Figure Productions)
Strong Island – Director: Yance Ford (Netflix / Yanceville Films, Louverture Films)
Whose Streets? – Director: Sabaah Folayan, Co-Director: Damon Davis (Magnolia Pictures)

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
11/8/16 – Directors: Duane Andersen, Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce, Yung Chang, Garth Donovan, Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker, Vikram Gandhi, Raul Gasteazoro, Jamie Goncalves, Andrew Beck Grace, Alma Har’el, Daniel Junge, Alison Klayman, Ciara Lacy, Martha Shane, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Bassam Tariq (The Orchard / Cinetic Media)
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Director: Steve James (PBS / Blue Ice Films, Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Films Production)
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk (Paramount / Actual Films, Participant Media)
City of Ghosts – Director: Matthew Heineman (Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, IFC Films / Our Time Projects)
Dolores – Director: Peter Bratt (PBS Distribution / 5 Stick Films)
The Reagan Show – Directors: Sierra Pettengill, Pacho Velez (Gravitas Ventures, CNN Films)

BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY
AlphaGo – Director: Greg Kohs (Submarine Entertainment / Moxie Pictures, Reel As Dirt)
Disgraced – Director: Pat Kondelis (Showtime Networks / Bat Bridge Entertainment)
Icarus – Director: Bryan Fogel (Netflix / Alex Productions, Diamond Docs, Impact Partners)
Speed Sisters – Director: Amber Fares (First Run Features / SocDoc Studios)
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton – Director: Rory Kennedy (Sundance Selects / Moxie Firecracker Films)
Trophy – Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz (CNN Films, The Orchard / Candescent Films, Pulse Films, Reel Peak Films)

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of our Lives – Director: Chris Perkel (Apple Music / IM Global, Scott Free Productions)
Contemporary Color – Directors: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross (Oscilloscope / The Department of Motion Pictures, Public Domain, Todo Mundo)
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis – Director: Colin Hanks (HBO / Live Nation Productions, Company Name)
I Called Him Morgan – Director: Kasper Collin (FilmRise, Submarine Entertainment / Kasper Collin Produktion, Sveriges Television, Film i Väst)
Long Strange Trip – Director: Amir Bar-Lev (Amazon / Amazon Studios, Double E Pictures, Sikelia Productions, AOMA Sunshine Films)
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Co-Director: Alfonso Maiorana (Kino Lorber / ARTE G.E.I.E, Rezolution Pictures)

MOST COMPELLING LIVING SUBJECT OF A DOCUMENTARY
The Cats of Istanbul – Kedi (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
Etty – One of Us (Netflix / Loki Films)
Al Gore – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount / Actual Films, Participant Media)
Laird Hamilton – Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (Sundance Selects / Moxie Firecracker Films)
Dolores Huerta – Dolores (PBS / 5 Stick Films)
Gigi Lazzarato – This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red / SelectNext, Cabin Creek Films)
The Sung Family – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE)

MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY
78/52 – Director: Alexandre O. Philippe (IFC Midnight / ARTE, Exhibit A Pictures, Milkhaus, Screen Division, Sensorshot Productions)
Casting JonBenet – Director: Kitty Green (Netflix / Forensic Films, Symbolic Exchange, Meridian Entertainment)
Dawson City: Frozen Time – Director: Bill Morrison (Kino Lorber / Hypnotic Pictures, Picture Palace Pictures)
Karl Marx City – Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker (Bond/360 / Pepper & Bones)
Kedi – Director: Ceyda Torun (Oscilloscope Laboratories, YouTube Red / Termite Films)
Last Men in Aleppo – Director: Feras Fayyad (Grasshopper Film / Aleppo Media Center, Larm Film)

BEST SONG IN A DOCUMENTARY
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – “Truth to Power” – Written by Ryan Tedder and T Bone Burnett – Performed by OneRepublic (Paramount / Actual Films, Participant Media)
Chasing Coral – “Tell Me How Long” – Written by Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger – Performed by Kristen Bell (Netflix / Exposure Labs)
Cries From Syria – “Prayers for This World” – Written by Diane Warren – Performed by Cher with The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir (HBO / Afineevsky – Tolmor Production, Cinepost Barrandov, Levy Entertainment Group, Studio Malibu)
Dina – “Best I Can” – Written by Michael Cera – Performed by Michael Cera featuring Sharon Van Etten (The Orchard / Cinereach, El Peligro, Killer Films)
Served Like a Girl – “Dancing Through the Wreckage” – Written by Linda Perry, Neil Giraldo, and Pat Benatar – Performed by Pat Benatar (Entertainment Studios, Freestyle Digital Media)
Step – “Jump” – Written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson, and Laura Karpman – Performed by Cynthia Erivo (Fox Searchlight / Impact Partners, Stick Figure Productions)

BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES (TV/STREAMING)
The Defiant Ones (HBO)
Five Came Back (Netflix / Amblin Television, IACF Productions, Netflix, Passion Pictures, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment)
The Keepers (Netflix / Film 45, Tripod Media)
The Nineties (CNN / CNN, Playtone, Herzog & Company)
Planet Earth II (BBC America, AMC, SundanceTV / BBC Natural History Unit, BBC America, ZDF, Tencent, France Télévisions)
The Vietnam War (PBS / Florentine Films, WETA-TV Washington)

BEST ONGOING DOCUMENTARY SERIES (TV/STREAMING)
30 for 30 (ESPN / ESPN Films)
American Masters (PBS / WNET New York City)
Frontline (PBS / WGBH-TV Boston)
Independent Lens (PBS / Independent Television Service, Inc.)
POV (PBS / American Documentary, Inc.)
VICE (HBO / VICE Media)

Qualified members of BFCA and BTJA will choose the winners from amongst the nominees in voting October 30 – October 31.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions.

For tickets and table sales, please contact:
Julie Anderson, Program Coordinator
310.422.7573
julie.anderson12022@gmail.com

For sponsorship, please contact:
Gary Mezzatesta
818.526.0111
gmezzatesta@upp.net

For media accreditation, please contact:
Laura Danford Mandel
917.848.1460
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For BFCA, BTJA and CCDA Nominating Committee member tickets, please contact:
Dera Freund
310.860.2665
dera.freund@live.com

About CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are presented in concert with the Critics’ Choice Awards. The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences.
Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. The 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards gala will be held on December 10, 2017 in Santa Monica, California.

About CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
The second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television. The awards are determined by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field. The second annual awards ceremony will take place November 2, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York.
For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

About BFCA/BTJA
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

 


THE SECOND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS
ANNOUNCES RETURN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017 AT BRIC IN BROOKLYN

Penn Jillette Will Host for Second Year in a Row
Nominations to be Announced on Monday, October 9, 2017

cca_logoLOS ANGELES, CA (October 3, 2017) The second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, honoring the finest achievements in documentary features and non-fiction television, will be presented Thursday, November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by magician/illusionist, comedian, actor and best-selling author Penn Jillette.

At last year’s inaugural event, Ezra Edelman’s OJ: Made in America took home the most awards for the evening, including Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature). The film received many more accolades and awards following the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Ava DuVernay’s 13th won three awards, including Best Documentary (TV/Streaming). This film won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and received a nomination for an Academy Award.

The awards are determined by qualified members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), and feature multiple categories across both television and film. Nominations will be announced on Monday, October 9, 2017. Categories
include:

Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Director of a Documentary
Best First Documentary Feature
Best Music Documentary
Best Sports Documentary
Best Political Documentary
Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary
Best Limited Documentary Series for Television/Streaming
Best Ongoing Documentary Series for Television/Streaming
Best Song in a Documentary
Most Innovative Documentary

Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association president Joey Berlin said, “We were thrilled by the success of the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards last November. Two different filmmakers told me at last year’s show that just being nominated for a CCDA helped them add distribution platforms for their docs. We created these awards to shine a light on the best documentary films and non-fiction television shows and those conversations confirmed the value and importance of the stand-alone documentary awards show.”

The nominees, selected by a committee of BFCA and BTJA members with a background and expertise in the documentary field, will be revealed on Monday, October 9, 2017, with the winners announced at an awards gala on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards will be produced by Bob Bain Productions.

For tickets and table sales, please contact:
Julie Anderson, Program Coordinator
310.422.7573
julie.anderson12022@gmail.com

For BFCA, BTJA and CCDA Nominating Committee member tickets, please contact:
Dera Freund
818.472.6903
dera.freund@live.com

For sponsorship, please contact:
Gary Mezzatesta
818.526.0111
gmezzatesta@upp.net

About CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards gala will be held on December 10, 2017, in Santa Monica, California.

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