Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation

From title design to animated characters to motion graphics that illustrate complex, challenging or humourous ideas, the artists who create graphic design and animation continue to play an increasingly important role in the construction of great nonfiction films. Previous winners in this category include Lewis Kofsky and Richard Winkler for Chicago 10 (2008), Yoni Goodman and David Polonsky for Waltz with Bashir (2009), Bigstar for Food, Inc. and Brett Gaylor & team for RIP: A Remix Manifesto (2010, tie), Juan Cardarelli, Eric M. Levy and Alex Tyson for Gasland (2012), Rob Feng and Jeremy Landman for Tabloid (2012), Oskar Gullstrand and Arvid Steen for Searching for Sugar Man (2013), Art Jail and Noriko Shinohara for Cutie and the Boxer (2014), Syd Garon for Jodorowsky’s Dune and MK12 for Particle Fever (2015, tie), and Stefan Nadelman/Hisko Hulsing for Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2016).


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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,...

Author: The JT Leroy Story

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JT LeRoy, gender-fluid child of a West Virginia prostitute, burned brightly like the transgressive love child of Flannery O’Connor and Truman Capote. Feuerzeig (The Devil & Daniel Johnston) strikes gold again in the film’s central character, a literary wunderkind in...

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...


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In 1917, a doctor from Kansas, dr. John Romulus Brinkley, announced he has discovered the cure for impotence, defending the testicular transplant from goats to men. Through animation, archive material, interviews and a very suspicious narra – tor, the documentary...

Zero Days

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When independent Internet technicians discovered a chillingly powerful computer virus unlike anything they’d seen before, signs pointed not merely to recreational or criminal hackers, but to a high-stakes game of cyber warfare between nations. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney return...

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