Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

It may be a simple thing to turn on a camera, but a rare few can capture the poetry and chaos of everyday life as it happens. Vertov said that the camera, the cinema eye (or kino-eye), was more powerful than the human eye. The camera is also the extension of the documentarian’s heart, in the moment, as they capture life unfolding. This award captures the great visual artists of our form. Previous winners in this category include Heloisa Passos for Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2008), Peter Zeitlinger for Encounters at the End of the World (2009), Brook Aitken for The Cove (2009), Lixin Fan for Last Train Home (2011), Danfung Dennis for Hell and Back Again and Jeff Orlowski for Chasing Ice.

12 O’Clock Boys

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

This is a strikingly beautiful portrait of Pug, a young boy from a tough Baltimore neighbourhood who has a single goal: to join the 12 O’Clock Boys, a gang of illegal dirt bikers who dominate the area. Forbidden to chase…

Cutie and the Boxer

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

A beautifully crafted and intimate portrait of two Japanese artists, Ushio and Noriko, and their forty-year love story. When they meet in New York in the 1970s Noriko feels in the shadow of her older, higher-profile, husband who is lauded…

Dirty Wars

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Production

It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement. Prior to 9/11, it was customary for America…

Elena

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

Twenty years ago, Elena, a young Brazilian actress, sought success in the bright lights of New York City. Petra follows in her big sister’s footsteps, searching the foggy city streets for a connection to her troubled sibling. She looks for…

Expedition to the End of the World

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score, Outstanding Achievement in Production

This gaspingly beautiful travelogue brings us aboard a magnificent wooden schooner as it drifts through the remote inlets of Northeast Greenland. A motley crew of artists and scientists are on a road trip with no clear mission, simply observing and…

Leviathan

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

One of the most gripping and ferocious cinematic experiences of recent years, Leviathan is a documentary like no other. Shooting on a commercial fishing vessel off the New Bedford coast (in the same waters where Herman Melville’s Pequod gave chase…

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