Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Takes Top 2009 International Documentary Association (IDA) Award Short Award Honors Australian Salt

LOS ANGELES, December 4, 2009 Winners in the Feature and Short Award categories in the International Documentary Association’s 2009 IDA Documentary Awards were announced during tonight’s program, giving Sacha Gervasi’s ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL its second award of the evening. The story of the band hailed as the “demi-gods of Canadian metal,” received IDA’s Distinguished Feature honors as well as IDA’s Music Award announced earlier this week. Accepting the awards with director Gervasi were Anvil’s Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner.

Image from ANDVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL

Also announced in the ceremony, which was hosted by Ira Glass, was the Distinguished Short Film Award, which honored the visually stunning SALT. Directed by Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks, SALT takes the viewer on one of Fredericks’ extreme journeys to capture the heart of the world’s most featureless landscape on Lake Eyre, South Australia.

IDA’s Career Achievement Award was presented by composer Philip Glass to his long time friend and collaborator, Errol Morris, director of GATES OF HEAVEN (1978), VERNON, FLORIDA (1981), THE THIN BLUE LINE (1988), FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL (1997) and the Academy Award®-winning THE FOG OF WAR: ELEVEN LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ROBERT S. MCNAMARA. Individual honors of the 2009 Awards also went to Natalia Almada who received the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Filmmaker Award; independent film advocate Michael Donaldson who received IDA’s Amicus Award; and veteran producer, director and writer Nicolas Noxon who received the organization’s Pioneer Award.

A highlight of the evening was a tribute to journalists and documentary filmmakers from around the world who lost their lives in pursuit the truth. Introduced by Current Media’s Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were held captive in North Korea and sentence to 12 years hard labor earlier this year, the tribute profiled Christian Poveda (1955 – 2009), Musa Khan Khel (1981 – 2009), Rolando Santiz (1952 – 2009), and Janullah Hashimzada (1969 – 2009).

2009 IDA DOCUMENTARY AWARDS WINNERS

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Errol Morris

PIONEER AWARD
Nicolas Noxon

AMICUS AWARD
Michael Donaldson

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Producer: Rebecca Yeldham
Little Dean’s Yard; Ahimsa Films; Abramorama; VH1

SHORT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Salt
Directors: Michael Angus, Murray Fredericks
Producer/Writer: Michael Angus
Jerrycan Films

CONTINUING SERIES AWARD
POV
Executive Director: Simon Kilmurry
Vice President: Cynthia López
American Documentary, Inc.; PBS
Episodes Submitted:
Inheritance
(Dir./Prod.: James Moll; Prod.: Christopher Pavlick; Exec. Prods.: Chris Malachowsky, Ryan Malachowsky)
Campaign (Dir./Prod.: Kazuhiro Soda)
Up the Yangtse (Dir.: Yung Chang; Prods.: Mila Aung-Thwin, Germaine Ying-Gee Wong, John Christou; Exec. Prods.:  Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin, Ravida Din, Sally Bochner)

LIMTED SERIES AWARD
Architecture School
Director/Executive Producer/Original Concept: Michael Selditch
Original Concept: Stan Bertheaud
Senior Producer: Rob Tate
Producer: Rachel Clift
Executive Producers: Lynne Kirby, Laura Michalchyshyn
Sundance Channel

IDA MUSIC DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Producer: Rebecca Yeldham
Little Dean’s Yard; Ahimsa Films; Abramorama; VH1

IDA/HUMANITAS AWARD
Garbage Dreams
Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Writer: Mai Iskander
Executive Producer: Tiffany Schauer
Editor/Co-Producer: Kate Hirson
Iskander Films in co-production with MotiveArt in association with Chicken &
Egg Pictures/Films Transit International

IDA/PARE LORENTZ AWARD
The Final Inch
Director/Producer: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Producer: Tom Grant
Vermilion Pictures; Google.org; HBO Documentary Films

IDA/ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD
Wounded Knee
Director/Producer: Stanley Nelson
Executive Producers: Sharon Grimberg, Mark Samels
Writer: Marcia Smith
Firelight Media; American Experience; WGBH; Native American Public Television

IDA/DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico
Director/Producer: Peter Jordan
Localfilms; Stanford University

ABOUT IDA

The IDA is a nonprofit, membership organization based in Los Angeles. The organization was founded in 1982 to promote and celebrate nonfiction filmmakers and is dedicated to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the documentary genre. For more information about IDA visit www.documentary.org or call 213-534-3600.

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