2013 IDA Documentary Awards Winners 


Jehane Noujaim's "The Square" edged out Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" to emerge as the big winner of the 2013 IDA Documentary Awards! The documentary about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution also beat Jason Osder's "Let the Fire Burn," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish," and Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell" for the prize.

Here's a full list of winners of the 2013 IDA Documentary Awards:

BEST FEATURE AWARD
THE SQUARE
Director: Jehane Noujaim
Producer: Karim Amer; Executive Producers: Geralyn Dreyfous, Mike Lerner, Sarah Johnson, Jodie Evans, Lekha Singh, Gavin Dougan, Dan Catullo III, Lisa Nishimura, Adam Del Deo, Khalil Noujaim, Alexandra Johnes, Jeff Skol; Noujaim Films, Netflix Originals

BEST SHORT AWARD
SLOMO
Director: Josh Izenberg; Producer: Amanda Micheli; Executive Producer: Neil Izenberg; Big Young Films, Runaway Films

BEST LIMITED SERIES AWARD
INSIDE MAN
Producers: Kristen Vaurio, Lisa Kalikow, Shannon Gibson, Suzanne Hillinger, Lara Benario; Writers: Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock; Executive Producers: Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Morgan Spurlock; CNN

BEST CONTINUING SERIES AWARD
INDEPENDENT LENS
Producer: Lois Vossen; Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer; Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with PBS

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
MY SISTER SARAH
Director/Producer: Elizabeth Chatelain; University of Texas at Austin

HUMANITAS DOCUMENTARY AWARD
BLOOD BROTHER
Director: Steve Hoover; Producer: Danny Yourd; Writers: Steve Hoover, Phinehas Hodges, Tyson VanSkiver; Executive Producers: Steve Hoover, Michael Killen, Kathy Dziubek, Jim Kreitzburg, Leigh Blake, John Carlin; Independent Television Service (ITVS)

PARE LORENTZ AWARD
A PLACE AT THE TABLE
Directors/Producers: Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson; Producers: Julie Goldman, Ryan Harrington; Magnolia Pictures

ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD
THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI
Director: Bill Siegel; Producers: Bill Siegel, Rachel Pikelny; Executive Producers: Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Leon Gast, Kat White; Sally Jo Fifer (for ITVS); Independent Television Service (ITVS), Kartemquin Films, Kino Lorber

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
PABLO’S WINTER
Cinematographer: Julian Schwanitz; Director: Chico Pereira

BEST EDITING
LET THE FIRE BURN
Editor: Nels Bangerter; Director: Jason Osder

BEST MUSIC
NARCO CULTURA
Original Music By: Jeremy Turner
Director: Shaul Schwartz

BEST WRITING
HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS
Writer/Director: Matthew Cooke

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alex Gibney

IDA AMICUS AWARD
Geralyn Dreyfous

COURAGE UNDER FIRE AWARD
Laura Poitras

DONNET AWARD
Zach Heinzerling

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The Fantastic Emma Thompson Talks About “Saving Mr. Banks!" I Love Her! 


I love, love, love Emma Thompson – both as an actress and as a person! And you will fall in love with her performance in the upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks” where the actress plays P.L. Travers, the real-life author of “Mary Poppins,” the book! Thompson has many delicious repartees with Tom Hanks who plays Mr. Walt Disney Himself, as well as the trio of Bradley Whitford (co-writer Don DaGradi), Jason Schwartzman (Richard M. Sherman), and B.J. Novak (Robert B. Sherman).

From director John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side”), “Saving Mr. Banks” is one of the best films of 2013! The film opens on Dec. 20th! Go watch it!

In this interview with the legendary Thompson, we talked about:

*** How did he get attracted to making the movie?
*** Her character, Pamela, oh I’m sorry, Mrs. Travers
*** I told her that this is her movie – but she didn’t want to accept that – I LOVE HER!
*** Lots of daddy issues in the movie!
*** Our passion for art!
*** I called her a legend – then she said that was a short interview!



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My Fun Interview with Colin Farrell for "Saving Mr. Banks!" I Called Him Daddy HA! 


I love Colin Farrell! First of all, he called me “luv” and there’s nothing wrong with that HA! But truth be told, the last time I sat down with the actor was for “In Bruges,” and after so many years, I sat down with the actor again, and you can see a remarkable, positive change in his aura! He’s in a much better place now!

And he was fantastic in the movie, as the father of P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). Farrell flexes his acting muscles for the film.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What made him want to be a part of the movie?
*** His character’s relationship with his daughter in the movie?
*** How did he attack the role?
*** “Saving Mr. Banks” is an homage to art!
*** Favorite scene in the film!
*** I called him a daddy! HA!



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“Saving Mr. Banks” Interviews – Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak 


Emma Thompson mesmerizes in “Saving Mr. Banks,” but helping her are the fantastic trio of Bradley Whitford (Don DaGradi, co-writer of “Mary Poppins”), Jason Schwartzman (Richard M. Sherman), and B.J. Novak (Robert B. Sherman). Thompson stars as P.L. Travers, the nightmare of an author who won’t let her “Mary Poppins” go! And she gave the Sherman brothers, composers and lyricists of the 1964 musical, and co-writer Don DaGradi, a hard time! And that’s an understatement!

I sat down with the fantastic trio to talk about “Saving Mr. Banks.”

*** How they got interested in making the movie?
*** How Schwartzman’s brother gave him the inside scoop on “Saving Mr. Banks”
*** How art is cathartic – a theme of the movie!
*** Richard Sherman visited the set – and he was experiencing nightmares just by watching Emma Thompson!



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“Saving Mr. Banks” Director John Lee Hancock Interview 


Director John Lee Hancock helped give Sandra Bullock her first Best Actress Oscar award for “The Blind Side,” and now, the filmmaker is back with “Saving Mr. Banks,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Mary Poppins” with Emma Thompson as the author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Mr. Walt Disney himself!

I sat down with the director at Walt Disney Studios to talk about the movie:

*** What got him interested in making the movie?
*** What research did he do to make the movie?
*** What made him choose Emma Thompson?
*** What does he want viewers to feel after watching “Saving Mr. Banks?”



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