The 68th Annual DGA Awards Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2105 are (L-R) Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi for “Meru”, Liz Garbus for “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, Alex Gibney for “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”, Matthew Heiman for “Cartel Land” [Update: Winner – Congratulations Matthew!], and Asif Kapadia for “Amy”. It was an AMAZING panel discussion last night! [Friday, February 5, 2016]
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I was asked at the after party which film was my favorite, and I replied that I simply couldn’t choose! Every one of them struck a personal note with me.
Having spent years in Colorado – “Meru” an intense story of survival and how friendships outweigh lifelong goals on an incredible mountain climb.
Yet also having worked so many events, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” a pianist/singer – civil rights activist early in the civil rights movement.
And “Amy” the story of Amy Winehouse compiled from clips, photos and stories from those who surrounded her world.
As you can imagine, having worked so many Hollywood events, I’ve photographed a Scientologist or two, so “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” is a revealing look at one of Hollywood’s more secretive closets.
And “Cartel Land” documenting the citizen uprisings against the cartels, and a t the same time, against police and military corruption … sometimes directly threatened and witnessing firefights. While asking essentially the same question of the “Maru” directors, the moderator James Moll (Chair, DGA Documentary Awards Committee) repeatedly asked, “What were you thinking?!”
No … I can’t pick just one!
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