Outstanding Achievement in Direction

The Honor for Directing celebrates the artist’s vision fully realized, from inception to screen. Previous winners in this category include Alex Gibney for Taxi to the Dark Side (2008), Ari Folman for Waltz with Bashir (2009), Agnès Varda for The Beaches of Agnès (2010), Laura Poitras for The Oath (2011), Steve James for The Interrupters (2012), Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady for Detropia (2013) and Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell (2014).

Cartel Land

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score, Outstanding Achievement in Production

When your government cannot provide basic safety from murderous organized criminals, is it acceptable to take the law into your own hands to protect your family, your land, and your country? That is the question at the heart of Cartel...

Dreamcatcher

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Brenda Myers-Powell is a powerful force. In a van with the word “Dreamcatchers” emblazoned on its side, she drives through the streets of Chicago in the middle of the night. Outspoken but warm, Myers-Powell calls out from the window of...

Heart of a Dog

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

In 2011, renowned mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Laurie Anderson — whose eclectic career spans music, drawing, storytelling, performance, and more — suffered the loss of her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle as part of a succession of family deaths that also included her...

In Jackson Heights

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction

Frederick Wiseman’s 40th feature documentary is about Jackson Heights, Queens, one of New York City’s liveliest and most culturally diverse neighborhoods, a thriving and endlessly changing crossroad of styles, cuisines, and languages, and now—like vast portions of our city—caught in...

In Transit

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction

IN TRANSIT journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Captured in the tradition of Direct Cinema, the film unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from...

The Look of Silence

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

In this multi-award winning companion piece to The Act of Killing, filmed before its release, Joshua Oppenheimer further explores the terrible legacy of the Indonesian genocide fifty years ago, this time through the lens of one family. Adi was born...

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