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Cinema Eye Honors Celebrates First Decade

Announces 10 Filmmakers | 20 Films From 10 Years of Nonfiction Artistry
Museum of Moving Image to Mount 10-Week Cinema Eye Screening Series

September 7, 2016, New York City – Cinema Eye, the organization that recognizes outstanding craft and artistry in nonfiction film, marked the beginning of its 10th annual edition today by announcing the 10 filmmakers and 20 films that have been named as among the top achievements in nonfiction filmmaking over Cinema Eye’s first decade.

The 20 films and 10 filmmakers will be honored by Cinema Eye at an event on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in New York City, where the organization will also announce its nominees for the 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 11, at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.

In addition, on Friday, November 4, the Museum of the Moving Image will launch a 10-week screening series of highlights from Cinema Eye’s first decade, with nominated and winning filmmakers on hand to discuss their work. Opening weekend will feature four-time Cinema Eye Honoree and Academy Award winner Laura Poitras presenting her post-9/11 trilogy: My Country, My Country, The Oath and Citizenfour while subsequent screenings will include Joshua Oppenheimer talking about his Cinema Eye Winners The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. A full schedule will be announced later this fall.

“When Cinema Eye launched nearly a decade ago, it sprung from a sense of urgency to change the conversation around documentary filmmaking and to recognize nonfiction as an inherently artistic medium,” said Cinema Eye Founding Director AJ Schnack. “Now, almost a decade later, it’s more clear than ever that nonfiction filmmakers are amongst the most creative practitioners of filmmaking craft and artistry. We’re thrilled to begin the celebrations for our first ten years by naming these films and filmmakers who helped this exceptional decade.”

Earlier this year, Cinema Eye polled 110 key members of the documentary community for their votes on the filmmakers and films that helped define Cinema Eye’s first decade. Here is the list of the 10 filmmakers and 20 films that were selected by those voters:

Cinema Eye Decade Filmmakers
including their CEH nominated films and year of nomination

  • Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
    12th and Delaware (2011), Detropia (2013), The Education of Mohammed Hussain (2014)
  • Alex Gibney
    Taxi to the Dark Side (2008), Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2009), Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2014), We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2014) and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
  • Patricio Guzman
    Nostalgia for the Light (2012)
  • Werner Herzog
    Encounters at the End of the World (2009), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2012), Into the Abyss (2013)
  • Steve James
    The Interrupters (2012), Life Itself (2015)
  • Kim Longinotto
    Rough Aunties (2010), Dreamcatcher (2016)
  • Joshua Oppenheimer
    The Act of Killing (2014), The Look of Silence (2016)
  • Laura Poitras
    The Oath (2011), Death of a Prisoner (2014), Citizenfour (2015)
  • Bill Ross and Turner Ross
    45365 (2010), Tchoupitoulas (2013), Western (2016)
  • Frederick Wiseman
    La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (2011), In Jackson Heights (2016)

Cinema Eye Decade Films
including their CEH wins

  • The Act of Killing (2014)
    Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer (Outstanding Feature, Production)
  • The Arbor (2012)
    Directed by Clio Barnard (Outstanding Debut)
  • Citizenfour (2015)
    Directed by Laura Poitras (Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production, Editing)
  • Cutie and the Boxer (2014)
    Directed by Zachary Heinzerling (Outstanding Debut, Score, Graphic Design and Animation)
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop (2011)
    Directed by Banksy (Outstanding Feature, Editing)
  • How to Survive a Plague (2013)
    Directed by David France (Outstanding Editing)
  • The Interrupters (2012)
    Directed by Steve James (Outstanding Feature, Direction)
  • Iraq in Fragments (2007)
    Directed by James Longley
  • Last Train Home (2011)
    Directed by Lixin Fan (Outstanding Production, Cinematography, International Feature)
  • Leviathan (2014)
    Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel (Outstanding Cinematography)
  • The Look of Silence (2016)
    Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer (Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production)
  • Man on Wire (2009)
    Directed by James Marsh (Outstanding Feature, Production, Editing)
  • Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2008)
    Directed by Jason Kohn (Outstanding Feature, Editing, Cinematography)
  • Marwencol (2011)
    Directed by Jeff Malmberg (Outstanding Debut)
  • Nostalgia for the Light (2012)
    Directed by Patricio Guzman
  • The Oath (2011)
    Directed by Laura Poitras (Outstanding Direction)
  • The Order of Myths (2009)
    Directed by Margaret Brown
  • Senna (2012)
    Directed by Asif Kapadia (Outstanding Editing)
  • Stories We Tell (2014)
    Directed by Sarah Polley (Outstanding Direction)
  • Waltz With Bashir (2009)
    Directed by Ari Folman (Outstanding Direction, Score, Graphic Design and Animation, International Feature)


About the 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors and Cinema Eye Week 2017
The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking is the largest annual celebration and recognition of the nonfiction artform and its creators.

Cinema Eye was founded in late 2007 to recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film. Cinema Eye’s mission is and has been to advocate for, recognize and promote the highest commitment to rigor and artistry in the nonfiction field. At its inception, Cinema Eye was the first US or international organization to present annual awards for documentary in the fields of production, cinematography, original score and graphic design and the only organization, aside from the guilds, to recognize outstanding direction and editing.

The Honors Awards Ceremony is the centerpiece of Cinema Eye Week, a multi-day, multi-city celebration that acknowledges the best work in nonfiction film through screenings and events. The final five days of Cinema Eye Week culminate yearly in New York City, where a series of celebratory events and film screenings bring together many of the field’s most accomplished filmmakers.

Cinema Eye Decade Celebration and Announcement of #CEH17 Nominees
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Museum of the Moving Image Launches 10-Week Screening Series of Films from Cinema Eye’s First Decade
Friday, November 4, 2016

Cinema Eye Week
Friday, January 6 – Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cinema Eye Honors Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Museum of the Moving Image