Outstanding Achievement in Direction

The Honor for Directing celebrate’s the artist’s vision fully realized, from inception to screen. These films reveal the hand of the documentary auteur. 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) and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady for Detropia.

The Act of Killing

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Production

This monumental work situates itself in terrain so terrifying that few filmmakers would dare even visit. After connecting with a handful of boastful Indonesian thugs with a genocidal history, Joshua Oppenheimer offers them the opportunity to revisit their past through...

After Tiller

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Production

Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, only four doctors in the United States continue to perform third-trimester abortions. These physicians, all colleagues of Dr. Tiller, sacrifice their safety and personal lives in the name of...

First Cousin Once Removed

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Filmed over the course of five years, “First Cousin Once Removed” is Alan Berliner’s compassionate, yet unsettling portrait of Edwin Honig — distinguished poet, translator, critic, and teacher who died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. It is an unflinching essay...

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...

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

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

Filmmaker Tinatin Gurchiani returns to Georgia and posts an ad inviting young people to audition for her film. She then asks probing questions of the people who turn up, prompting them to reveal very personal stories about their lives and...

Stories We Tell

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

A vivacious force of nature, actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley’s mother Diane died when her daughter was just 11. Only recently Polley discovered that her mother took to her grave a secret that alters her family’s dynamic and causes a...

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