Palestinian Doc '5 Broken Cameras' Takes Top Cinema Eye Prize

Five Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s documentary about Israeli settlements encroaching upon Burnat’s Palestinian village, was named best feature tonight at the 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Michael Moore accepted the award for Burnat and Davidi. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia was the only film to win two awards, Outstanding Direction for the veteran NYC-duo, and Outstanding Original Score for Dial.81. Another directing duo, Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims, took honors for Outstanding Debut for their high school love triangle doc, Only the Young.

A slew of Oscar-shortlisted films won in the other categories. Dimitri Doganis received Outstanding Production for The Imposter, T. Woody Richman and Tyler H. Walk won for Outstanding Editing for How to Survive a Plague, Jeff Orlowski took Outstanding Cinematography for Chasing Ice and Oskar Gullstrand and Arvid Steen won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation for Searching for Sugar Man. Lee Hirsch’s Bully received the Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize. Cinema Eye also presented honors for Nonfiction Short Filmmaking to Robert-Jan Lacombe’s Good-bye Mandima (Kwa Heri Mandima), Wojciech Staron for Argentinian Lesson and Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours.

In addition to 5 Broken Cameras, films vying for the top Nonfiction Feature prize included Ewing & Grady’s Detropia, Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Matthew Akers’ Marina Abramović doc The Artist is Present, Tippet and Mims’ Only the Young and Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man.

This year’s previously announced Legacy Award was presented to the 1993 verite classic The War Room, which took viewers behind the scenes of the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign. Directors Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker and producers Wendy Ettinger and Frazer Pennebaker accepted the award on behalf of the film.

A complete list of winners follows:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

5 Broken Cameras
Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Produced by Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Presented by Chris Hegedus & D A Pennebaker

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Detropia
Presented by Marshall Curry

Audience Choice Prize

Bully
Directed by Lee Hirsch
Presented by Andrea Meditch

Outstanding Achievement in Production

Dimitri Doganis
The Imposter
Presented by Daniel Chalfen and Judith Helfand

Outstanding Achievement in Editing

T. Woody Richman and Tyler H. Walk
How to Survive a Plague
Presented by Daniel Chalfen and Judith Helfand

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

Jeff Orlowski
Chasing Ice
Presented by Jennie Livingston and Darius Marder

Spotlight Award

Argentinian Lesson
Directed by Wojciech Staron
Presented by Jennie Livingston and Darius Marder

Heterodox Award

Museum Hours
Directed by Jem Cohen
Presented by Marie Therese Guirgis and Eugene Hernandez

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking

Goodbye Mandima (Kwa Heri Mandima)
Directed by Robert-Jan Lacombe
Presented by Laura Gabbert and Sam Green

Outstanding Achievement in an Original Music Score

Dial.81
Detropia
Presented by Laura Gabbert and Sam Green

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation

Oskar Gullstrand and Arvid Steen
Searching for Sugar Man
Presented by Jonathan Caouette and Susan Froemke

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims
Only the Young
Presented by Jonathan Caouette and Susan Froemke

Legacy Award

The War Room
Directed by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker
Produced by R.J. Cutler, Wendy Ettinger and Frazer Pennebaker
Presented by Michael Moore