National Security Agency document leaker Edward Snowden, unlikely Libyan revolutionary Matthew VanDyke and prolific amateur photographer Vivian Maier are some of the subjects of films nominated Wednesday for this year's International Documentary Assn. awards.
The five films nominated in the IDA's feature category are "Citizenfour," Laura Poirtras' look at how Snowden pulled back the curtain on the NSA's massive surveillance operation; "Finding Vivian Maier," John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's chronicling of the discovery of a trove of striking photographs by a Chicago nanny; "Point and Shoot," Marshall Curry's firsthand account of one man's odyssey from Baltimore to North Africa; "The Salt of the Earth," Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's poetic examination of the life and work of photographer Sebastiao Salgado; and "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," Nick Broomfield's investigation of an accused serial killer in South Los Angeles.
The IDA will honor Darius Clark Monroe, director of "Evolution of a Criminal," a film in which he turns the camera on himself and explores how he went from 16-year-old honor student to bank robber, with its emerging documentary filmmaker award.
Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke, directors of "Tashi and the Monk," about a Buddhist monk running a community for orphaned and neglected children in India, will receive the Pare Lorentz award, which recognizes films focusing on environmental and social issues.
The association previously announced that it will present Robert Redford with its career achievement award, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato with its pioneer award, and Rithy Panh with its preservation and scholarship award.
The IDA will also confer awards for short film, student film, various series categories, technical achievements and more. The honors will be bestowed Dec. 5 at the 30th IDA Documentary Awards at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
For more information and a full list of nominees, go to documentary.org/awards.
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