Directors Guild Unveils Documentary Nominees

dgo45LOS ANGELES –Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2013.

“The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its complications,” said Barclay. “From intricate family portrayals to lives caught in political upheaval, these works are intimate, heartbreaking and triumphant. My congratulations to each of the nominees.”

The winner will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Cutie and the Boxer
Radius TWC
Ex Lion Tamer
Cine Mosaic

This is Mr. Heinzerling’s first DGA Award nomination.

The Square
Participant Media
Noujaim Films
Maktube Productions
Roast Beef Productions

This is Ms. Noujaim’s third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.

The Act of Killing
Final Cut for Real APS
Drafthouse Films
Piraya Films
Novaya Zemlya Ltd.
Spring Films Ltd.

This is Mr. Oppenheimer’s first DGA Award nomination.

Stories We Tell
Roadside Attractions
The National Film Board of Canada

This is Ms. Polley’s first DGA Award nomination.

The Crash Reel
HBO Documentary Films
KP Rides Again, LLC
Impact Partners
Tree Tree Tree Production

This is Ms. Walker’s first DGA Award nomination.

  1. 3 out of 5 of the DGA documentary nominees are women filmmakers when men comprise 50% of the general population. This rampant bigotry must end. Men are just as capable as women at making insightful, courageous and sensitive documentaries about the human condition but this year are wildly underrepresented, especially when you consider that 85% of the DGA’s members are men. Have we hit the glass floor? Who will uphold the values of the Old Boys Club in the face of such wanton disregard for basic equality? Lucy Walker and Jehane Noujaim ‘s consistent brilliance threatens years of systematic hegemony in the industry. #whereistheoutrage

  2. Aside from the mobile ad for Starz, which renders the initial paragraph of text unreadable on my iPhone, why would anybody bother to award a prize to a documentary, when it is obscure how to see it? Why not an award for best movie about a black cat in a coal mine at midnight? Or best movie about an aspiring molecule in a hermetically sealed vacuum? Clearly I lack insiders’ knowledge about marketing channels for such films, but I’m not the only one.

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