Highlights from the 2018 Cinema Eye Honors

Unrest

Struck with a debilitating illness and unable even to sit in a wheelchair after a bout of high fever, filmmaker Jennifer Brea took to her camera to make sense of what she was going through. With many questions left unanswered...

The Work

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, “The Work” follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at...

Icarus

In this nonfiction thriller, director Bryan Fogel immerses himself into the world of performance enhancing drugs by trying them out for himself, only to stumble into the centre of Russia’s extensive state-sponsored doping program. Exemplifying the special bond between filmmaker...

Jane

Culled from hundreds of hours of recently discovered 16mm archival footage, filmmaker Brett Morgen crafts an enchanting portrait of legendary primatologist and activist Jane Goodall when her revolutionary work was still in its infancy. Shot by National Geographic during her...

Faces Places

In Faces Places, 88-year-old nouvelle vague legend Agnès Varda teams up with 33-year- old French photographer and muralist JR to create an enchanting travelogue/road movie. Sharing a lifelong passion for images and the means by which they are created, displayed...

For Akheem

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, FOR AHKEEM is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a 17-year-old Black girl in North St. Louis. Placed in an alternative high school, Daje fights...

Dina

Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are...

Communion

Ola is only 14 but she is the head of a small dysfunctional family. She looks after her father who has lost touch with reality, just watches TV and drinks beer all day long and a 13-year old autistic brother,...

Bobbi Jene

After a 10-year career as a star dance artist with the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, American woman Bobbi Jene, 30, decides to leave both the company and the love of her life to return to the USA...

Quest

  • Christine’a Rainey, Christopher “Quest” Rainey, PJ Rainey and William Withers recognized for The Unforgettables
Filmed over the course of ten years, Quest is a thoughtful and nuanced observation of the Rainey family—led by father Christopher (“Quest”) and mother Christine (“Ma”). From the start, first-time filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski captures tender images of this family’s love:...

City of Ghosts

Director Matthew Heineman returns with another immersive documentary from the front lines of one of the most dangerous places on Earth. In City of Ghosts, Heineman focuses his camera on the heroic citizen-journalists of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS),...

Strong Island

The best documentary mysteries are rarely about the “who” and more often about the “why.” Strong Island, the debut film from Yance Ford, mines his intense personal history of growing up on Long Island in the ’80s, with a focus...

Dolores

Dolores is a reclamation of an heroic American life. The film sheds light on the enigmatic, intensely private Dolores Huerta, cofounder of the United Farm Workers union and among the most important activists in our nation’s history. But as woman...

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

  • Chanterelle Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Jill Sung, Thomas Sung and Vera Sung recognized for The Unforgettables
Thomas Sung relates to George Bailey, Jimmy Stewart’s character in It’s a Wonderful Life. In the 1980s, he was a busy lawyer in New York City, but he saw a need. There was no bank serving the Chinese immigrant community....