Audience Choice

One of our favorite Honors, the Audience Choice Prize is the award that everyone gets to vote for. It goes to those special films that engage, enrage, inspire, entertain and create intimate connections with their audiences. Previous winners in this category include The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2008), Up the Yangtze (2009), The September Issue (2010), Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2011), Buck (2012), Bully (2013), Sound City (2014), Keep On Keepin’ On (2015) and Meru (2016).

Life, Animated

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After years of struggle, Ron Suskind discovers that Disney animated films provide the key to connecting with his severely autistic son Owen. As Owen takes steps towards independence, he continues to find a sense of understanding and joy from his...

Mr. Gaga

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Enter the creative process of Ohad Naharin, an Israeli choreographer whose joyous performances have redefined the language of dance. Once a sought-after dancer in the company of Martha Graham, Naharin has spent the past 25 years pushing the boundaries of...

Presenting Princess Shaw

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Talented but isolated, New Orleans care worker Samantha spends her spare time uploading acapella videos of her original songs to YouTube, to a smattering of viewers. Unknown to her, in a far away kibbutz, Israeli mash up artist Kutiman is...

Weiner

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After a humiliating exit from political life, Anthony Weiner reentered the public arena with an ambitious run for mayor of New York. But what began as a hopeful opportunity to redeem himself to his family and voters quickly spiraled out...

Tower

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On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead,...

Gleason

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After former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason receives a devastating diagnosis of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, he turns the camera on himself to provide his then-unborn son a sense of the father he may otherwise never know...

I Am Not Your Negro

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Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, director Raoul Peck (Moloch Tropical, Murder in Pacot) creates a stunning meditation on what it means to be Black in America. Built exclusively around Baldwin’s words, Peck’s I Am Not...

Miss Sharon Jones!

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Two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple follows the soul singer Sharon Jones from the moment she is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer to her first performance after her recovery. Jones’s manager postpones all promotional activities for the new album, and for the...

Tickled

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When David Farrier came across social-media notice of a “competitive endurance tickling” event in Los Angeles, he thought he’d lit upon another amusingly weird topic for his lighthearted reports on New Zealand television. But the Donkey Lady, frog-eating survivalists and...

Sonita

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Sonita Alizadeh, a teenage Afghan refugee living illegally in Iran and attending school at a children’s protection agency, wishes she were Rihanna and Michael Jackson’s lovechild and daydreams about becoming the next female rapper to emerge from the Middle East....

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