Winners Announced in Five Categories for 2006 IDA Awards

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LOS ANGELES, November 16, 2006 -- The International Documentary Association has announced five 2006 IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award winners.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

took top honors in the Continuing Series competition.

OFF TO WAR

won the Limited Series Award, and

JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLE‘S TEMPLE

earned the IDA/ABCNEWS VideoSource Award.

Christopher Quinn will receive the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for

GOD GREW TIRED OF US

, and Carrie Lozano will claim the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award for

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The winners will be feted here at the 2006 IDA Awards Gala Benefit on December 8 at the Directors Guild of America West Theatre.

“Each of these documentaries tells a compelling story about an important subject in a memorable way,” says IDA President diane estelle Vicari. “They were chosen by a jury of peers out of hundreds of exceptional films submitted from every part of the world. These filmmakers have earned the respect and admiration of our members.”

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

, now in its 18th season, captured the IDA Award for a Continuing Series (four individual programs that best represent the series). The PBS show brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that formed this nation. Programs included a closer look at David Vetter, a.k.a “the boy in the bubble,” playwright Eugene O‘Neill, presidential couple John and Abigail Adams, and the city of Las Vegas. Mark Samels is the executive producer and Sharon Grimberg is the series producer.

The Limited Series (series of episodes with a specific continuing theme) winner is Discovery Times‘

OFF TO WAR

. It follows 57 men from Clarksville, Arkansas, who left their jobs and their families and went to Iraq as members of the 39th Infantry Brigade with the Arkansas National Guard. Over the course of a year, the filmmaking team of brothers Brent and Craig Renaud, born and raised in Little Rock, followed the members of the unit through their call-up, deployment and service, while simultaneously documenting the lives of their loved ones back at home.

IDA will present the ABCNEWS VideoSource Award to director/producer/executive producer Stanley Nelson for

JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLES TEMPLE

. The award is given to the documentary that best utilizes television news footage as an integral component of the work. The film tells the story of the people who followed Jim Jones from Indiana to California and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society.

The IDA will present Quinn with the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award, which goes to an individual who has made at least one documentary and shows great promise. Quinn‘s ocumentary

GOD GREW TIRED OF US

won both the grand jury prize and the audience award for documentary feature at Sundance. The film chronicles the experiences of three Sudanese lost boys as they work to adjust to a strange new world after seeking refuge in the United States.

The David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award will go to University of California, Berkeley graduate Lozano for

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. The film is about journalist Randy Shilts‘ groundbreaking AIDS reporting. Shilts, the nation‘s first openly gay reporter at a major media outlet, reported from the frontlines of the AIDS crisis, sounding alarms in the San Francisco Chronicle and in his best-selling book “And the Band Played On.”

The winners in the Feature and Short film categories will be announced live during the IDA Awards Benefit Gala. A list of the films nominated in these categories is available at

www.documentary.org

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Eastman Kodak Company has sponsored the IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards Gala since its inception in 1984. The IDA Awards major sponsor is Netflix, and the presenting sponsor is ABCNEWS VideoSource. Supporting sponsors are Heineken, Grey Goose, Sunstone Winery, Aquarius, The

Los Angeles Film & Television Office of the French Embassy, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Directors Guild of America (DGA).

IDA is a nonprofit, public interest organization. For more information about the organization or to purchase tickets to the 2006 IDA Awards Gala, visit

www.documentary.org

or call 213-534-3600.

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(EDITORS NOTE: A more detailed list of the winners and nominees is below.)

2006 IDA CONTINUING SERIES NOMINEES

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Mark Samels, executive producer

Sharon Grimberg, series producer

PBS

Episodes Submitted: “The Boy in the Bubble” (Barak Goodman, John Maggio,

dirs./prods.), “Eugene O‘Neill” (Ric Burns, dir./wtr.); Marilyn Ness, Steve

Rivo, Robin Espinola, Mary Recine, prods.) “John and Abigail Adams” (Peter

Jones, dir.; Elizabeth Deane, prod./wtr.), “Las Vegas” (Stephen Ives,

dir./prod.; Amanda Pollak, prod.)

AMERICAN MASTERS

Susan Lacy, executive producer and series creator

Prudence Glass, series producer

Thirteen/WNET New York, PBS

Episodes Submitted: “Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea” (DeWitt Sage,

dir./wtr.; Catherine Collins, prod.), “James Dean: Sense Memories” (Gail

Levin, dir./prod.), “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” (Martin Scorsese, dir.;

Jeff Rosen, Nigel Sinclair, Anthony Wall, Susan Lacy, prods.), “Willa Cather:

The Road Is All” (Joel Geyer, dir./prod.; Christine Lesiak, prod./wtr.)

THE FIRST 48

Charles Tremayne, John X. Kim, executive producers

Wendy Greene, series producer

Ted Bourne, senior producer

Nancy Dubuc, Laura Fleury, executive producers for A&E Network

Granada America NY, A&E Network

Episodes Submitted: Episode 124 (David Felsen, prod.), Episode 133 (Lorca

Shepperd, prod.), Episode 140 (Patricia Sunshine, editor), Episode 141 (Aaron

Seliquini, prod.)

MEERKAT MANOR

Mark Wild, executive producer for Animal Planet International

Caroline Hawking, series editor

Oxford Scientific Films, Southern Star Entertainment UK PLC

Episodes Submitted: “A Family Affair,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “Some Like It

Hot,” “Revolution” (episodes were directed by Chris Barker)

WIDE ANGLE

Stephen Segaller, executive producer

Pamela Hogan, series producer

Andy Halper, senior producer

Thirteen/WNET New York, PBS

Episodes Submitted: “Border Jumpers”(Peter Hutchens, prod./DP; Ryan Hill,

prod./DP), “Gutted” (David Peat, dir., Pamela Drynan, prod.), “1-800-INDIA”

(Safina Uberoi, dir.; Anna Cater, prod.), “H5N1* Killer Flu” (Steven Silver,

dir.; Micah Fink, prod.)

2006 IDA LIMITED SERIES NOMINEES

CHINA RISES

Edward Gray, Sarah Spinks, William Cobban, Susan Teskey, Gert Anhalt, Neil

Docherty, Kelly Crichton, Ann Derry

CBC, The New York Times Channel, ZDF, Discovery Times Channel

THE DRUG YEARS

Hart Perry, Dana Heinz Perry

Perry Films, Inc. and VH1 in association with Sundance Channel

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OFF TO WAR

Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud

DCTV, Discovery Times Channel

TRANSGENERATION

Jeremy Simmons, Randy Barbato, Laura Michalchyshyn

World of Wonder, Sundance Channel in association with Logo

RX FOR SURVIVAL: A GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGE

Mike Beckham, Sarah Holt, Gail Willumsen, Jill Shinefield, Andrew Young,

Tabitha Jackson, Rob Whittlesey, Larry Klein, Paula S. Apsell, Paul G. Allen,

Jody Patton, Richard E. Hutton, Lisa Mirowitz and Richard Dale

WGBH/NOVA Science Unit, Vulcan Productions, Inc., PBS

2006 IDA/ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD

THE DRUG YEARS

Hart Perry, Dana Heinz Perry

Perry Films and VH1 in association with the Sundance Channel

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JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLES TEMPLE

Stanley Nelson

Firelight Media, Seventh Art Releasing, WGBH, PBS

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

Paul Crowder, John Dower, John Battsek, Tim Williams, Fisher Stevens

Passion Pictures, Miramax Films, ESPN

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Carrie Lozano, Charlotte Lagarde

The Free History Project

THEY CHOSE CHINA

Shui-Bo Wang, Claude Bonin

National Film Board of Canada

TOOTS

Kristi Jacobson, Alicia Sams, Whitney Dow

Catalyst Films, Mememsha Films

THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT

Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, Katie Brown, William Rexer II

Break Thru Films, HBO

2006 DAVID L. WOLPER NOMINEES

GIMME GREEN

Isaac Brown, Eric Flagg - University of Florida, Gainesville

GOING HOME

Hung P. Nguyen - Loyola Marymount University

IN THE COMPANY OF A DEAD CAT

Vadim Antonevich - The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School--Jerusalem

MONSIEUR BORGES AND I

Jasmin Gordon - Stanford University

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Carrie Lozano - University of California, Berkeley

THE WOMEN‘S KINGDOM

Xiaoli Zhou - University of California, Berkeley

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