3rd Annual Cinema Eye | 2010

After two years of establishing itself, Cinema Eye began an evolution in its third year that dramatically transformed the organization and created the bones of the Cinema Eye Honors that exists today. Year three marked Cinema Eye’s move away from Indiepix and toward being an independent organization with multiple sponsors and dozens of individuals contributing toward its success.

Moving from March to January, Cinema Eye also expanded for the first time from an one night only awards ceremony to a multi-day event celebrating the nonfiction community as well the year’s creative and artistic achievements. Sponsored by our friends at the Camden International Film Festival, our first non-awards event was a ceremony-eve Nominees Reception at the Thompson LES Hotel in New York.

Year three also saw the addition of two awards: a Spotlight Award for films that have yet to receive proper attention in North America and the Legacy Award for the classic nonfiction films that inspired today’s filmmakers.

The third edition of the Cinema Eye Awards Ceremony was held once again at the TimesCenter in Manhattan on January 15, 2010. Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove received the top award for Outstanding Feature and Agnès Varda was presented with the Outstanding Directing Award for The Beaches of Agnès. The first-ever Spotlight Award went to Jessica Oreck’s Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo and Cinema Eye presented its first Legacy Award to Ross McElwee for Sherman’s March. R.J. Cutler won the Audience Choice Prize for The September Issue. McElwee also served as a presenter at the event, along with filmmakers Peter Davis, Barbara Kopple, Albert Maysles, Bill Plympton, Amir Bar-Lev, Ellen Kuras. Esther Robinson joined AJ Schnack to co-host and co-chair the event, Nathan Truesdell joined the Cinema Eye team as producer.

Outstanding Achievement
in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

  • Burma VJ

    Directed by Anders Ostergaard
    Produced by Lise-Lense Moller

  • Winner

    The Cove

    Directed by Louie Psihoyos
    Produced by Paula Dupre Pesman And Fisher Stevens

  • Food, Inc.

    Directed by Robert Kenner
    Produced by Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein

  • Loot

    Directed and Produced by Darius Marder

  • October Country

    Directed and Produced by Michael Palmieri And Donal Mosher

Outstanding Achievement in Direction

  • Winner

    Agnes Varda

    For The Beaches Of Agnes

  • John Maringouin

    For Big River Man

  • Anders Ostergaard

    For Burma VJ

  • Darius Marder

    For Loot

  • Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

    For October Country

Outstanding Achievement in Editing

  • Bill Ross

    For 45365

  • Winner

    Janus Billeskov-Jansen and Thomas Papapetros

    For Burma VJ

  • Geoff Richman

    For The Cove

  • Brad Fuller and Fernando Villena

    For Every Little Step

  • David Smith

    For Soul Power

  • Josh Altman and Ondi Timoner

    For We Live In Public

Outstanding Achievement in Production

  • Maria Florio, Molly Hassell and Molly Lynch

    For Big River Man

  • Richard Parry and Vaughan Smith

    For Blood Trail

  • Lise-Lense Moller

    For Burma VJ

  • Winner

    Paula Dupre Pesman and Fisher Stevens

    For The Cove

  • RJ Cutler, Eliza Hindmarch and Sadia Shepard

    For The September Issue

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

  • Bill Ross and Turner Ross

    For 45365

  • Winner

    Brook Aitken

    For The Cove

  • Michael Palmieri

    For October Country

  • Deborah Stratman

    For O’er The Land

  • Yaron Orbach

    For Unmistaken Child

Audience Choice

  • Anvil! The Story Of Anvil

    Directed by Sascha Gervasi

  • The Cove

    Directed by Louie Psihoyos

  • Every Little Step

    Directed by Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern

  • Food, Inc.

    Directed by Robert Kenner

  • Good Hair

    Directed by Jeff Stilson

  • Winner

    The September Issue

    Directed by RJ Cutler

  • Tyson

    Directed by James Toback

  • Valentino: The Last Emperor

    Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film

  • Bill Ross And Turner Ross

    For 45365

  • Louie Psihoyos

    For The Cove

  • Darius Marder

    For Loot

  • Winner

    Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

    For October Country

  • Aron Gaudet

    For The Way We Get By

Outstanding Achievement
in Original Music Score

  • Rich Ragsdale

    For Big River Man

  • Joshua Ralph

    For The Cove

  • Mark Adler

    For Food, Inc.

  • Winner

    Danny Grody, Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri and Kenric Taylor

    For October Country

  • Joel Goodman

    For Valentino: The Last Emperor

  • Ben Decter and Marco D’ambrosio

    For We Live In Public

Outstanding Achievement
in Graphic Design or Animation

  • Christophe Vallaux

    For The Beaches Of Agnes

  • Winner

    Bigstar

    For Food, Inc.

  • Kate Anderson

    For It Might Get Loud

  • Winner

    Opensource Cinema

    For Rip – A Remix Manifesto

  • Patrick Lichty

    For The Yes Men Fix the World

Spotlight Award

  • Because We Were Born

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Duret And Andrea Santana

  • Winner

    Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

    Directed by JJessica Oreck

  • Episode 3: Enjoy Poverty

    Directed by Directed by Renzo Martens

  • The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy

    Directed by Peter Liechti

  • Trimpin: The Sound of Invention

    Directed by Peter Esmonde

Outstanding Achievement
in International Feature Filmmaking

  • Winner

    Burma VJ

    Directed by Anders Ostergaard
    Produced by Lise-Lense Moller

  • Mugabe and the White African

    Directed by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson
    Produced by Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock and David Pearson

  • Of Time And The City

    Directed by Terence Davies
    Produced by Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos

  • Old Partner

    Directed by Chung-Ryoul Lee
    Produced by Young-Jae Goh

  • Rough Aunties

    Directed by Kim Longinotto
    Produced by Teddy Liefer and Paul Taylor

  • Those Who Remain

    Directed by Carlos Hagerman and Juan Carlos Rulfo
    Produced by Carlos Hagerman, Juan Carlos Rulfo and Nicolas Vale

Legacy Award

  • Winner

    Sherman’s March

    Directed by Ross McElwee

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