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Cinema Eye Winks At Steve James’ Film

Written by: FFT Webmaster | January 13th, 2012

At the 5th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens on Wednesday night, the top winner of the evening was THE INTERRUPTERS, director Steve James’ portrait of violence mediators in Chicago. The film took the two top awards of the evening, winning both Outstanding Achievement in Direction  and Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking. The prize was given to the director by documentary icon Michael Moore. Other awards highlights included the Audience Choice Prize given to BUCK (directed by Cindy Meehl); Outstanding Achievement in Production awarded to Gian-Piero Ringel and Wim Wenders for the 3D performance documentary PINA; Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography to Danfung Dennis for his work on the war film HELL AND BACK AGAIN; and the Spotlight Award to the film THE TINIEST PLACE (directed by Tatiana Huezo Sánchez). A moving moment came with the awarding of the Nonfiction Short Filmmaking prize which was awarded to DIARY, the last film of the late war correspondent Tim Hetherington, which was accepted by his parents. A newish award, the Heterodox Award for Narrative Filmmaking, went to writer/director Mike Mills for the narrative film BEGINNERS, in recognition of its imaginative use of nonfiction content and/or modes of production.  For the first time, Cinema Eye presented its Hell Yeah Prize to producer/directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky for their influential PARADISE LOST trilogy. For a complete list of winners and more information about Cinema Eye, visit the website at

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