Determined to do better than the dull slate of nonfiction films that the Academy Awards considers worthy, IndiePix and A.J. Schnack have created their own awards. Both the actual nominees and the name of the new awards will be announced at Sundance, but their short list of 15 films is public. (Compare both lists below).
This year, the Academy and the IDA stand on tired notions of righteous causes. They, along with organizations such as Full Frame, believe that nonfiction exists first and foremost to shine light on the great issues. And while the social justice tradition has and always will (and should) exist in nonfiction, many of us believe in nonfiction filmmaking as more than a teaching tool, as something that can be entertaining, as something that can be artistic, as something that can push stylistic boundaries, as something that can reveal the human condition, as something that can be as rival narrative as a filmgoing experience.
So, unlike so many of us online ranters, he took action and got a crowd of other film lovers involved. The new awards will also include seven other categories besides best film–Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, Graphic Design & Animation, International Feature and Debut Feature.