Legacy Award

From the very first frames of film that ran through the very first cameras, filmmakers have been documenting the real world around them. And over the next century, nonfiction film artists would experiment with tools and aesthetics and find subjects that filled their frame in a way that was immediate and timeless. Sometimes, magic would happen, and the resulting film would go on to influence other filmmakers for years or decades. For these most memorable and influential films, we created our Legacy Award, our opportunity to jump to our feet, tip our cap and salute those films that define documentary for all of us. Previous Legacy Award honorees have been Sherman's March (2010), Grey Gardens (2011), Titicut Follies (2012), The War Room (2013), Harlan County, USA (2014) and Paris is Burning (2015)

  • Legacy Award Winner  American Movie (Directed by Chris Smith)

American Movie credits:
Directed by Chris Smith
Produced by Chris Smith and Sarah Price
Co-Produced by Jim McKay and Michael Stipe
Cinematography by Chris Smith
Film Editing by Jun Diaz and Barry Poltermann
Music by Mike Schank

Inspired by such films as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead, Mark Borchardt has been making movies since he was a teenager. He has all the passion and drive it takes; but what he sorely lacks is money. In a questionable business move, he decides to finish and peddle his short film, Coven, in order to finance his dream picture, Northwestern. American Movie premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary. (Sundance)

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