2017 Cinema Eye Honors Nominations

City of Ghosts
Amazon Studios

By Pat Mullen

Cinema Eye Honors has announced the nominations for its 11th annual awards. The nominations for the best documentaries of 2017 came out late last night with Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts leading the pack of strong and worthy contenders with five nominations including Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking. Coming next with four nominations each were Brimstone & Glory, Faces Places, Quest, and Strong Island. On the Canadian front, Let There Be Light is the lone nomination for the maple leaf with an acknowledgement in the category for graphics and animation, while a particularly competitive group competes for the Audience Choice including Faces Places, Kedi and Step.

The Cinema Eye Honors advocate for, recognize and promote the highest commitment to rigor and artistry in the nonfiction field. Nominations emphasize the artistic merit and craft of non-fiction filmmaking and encourage the film community to move the conservation beyond the “importance” or subject matter of a documentary. The contenders are determined by representatives from top festivals. Winners will be announced January 11, 2018 in a ceremony hosted by Steve James.

The nominations are as follows:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
City of Ghosts
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Outstanding Achievement in Direction:
Kitty Green, Casting JonBenet
Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts
Yuri Ancarani, The Challenge
Frederick Wiseman, Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
Agnès Varda and JR, Faces Places
Yance Ford, Strong Island

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Bill Morrison, Dawson City: Frozen Time
Joe Beshenkovsky, Jane
TJ Martin, LA92
Keith Fraase and John Walter, Long Strange Trip
Lindsay Utz, Quest
Francisco Bello, Daniel Garber and David Barker, The Reagan Show

Outstanding Achievement in Production
Nominees to be Determined, Brimstone & Glory
Matthew Heineman, City of Ghosts
Heino Deckert, Ai Weiwei and Chin-Chin Yap, Human Flow
Kareem Abeed, Stefan Kloos and Søren Steen Jespersen, Last Men in Aleppo
Brenda Coughlin, Yoni Golijov and Laura Poitras, Risk

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Tobias von dem Borne, Brimstone & Glory
Yuri Ancarani, Luca Nervegna and Jonathan Ricquebourg, The Challenge
Andrew Ackerman and Jeff Orlowski, Chasing Coral
TBD, Human Flow
Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva, Machines

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score
Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, Brimstone & Glory
Francesco Fantini and Lorenzo Senni, The Challenge
Alex Somers, Dawson City: Frozen Time
Philip Glass, Jane
Dan Deacon, Rat Film
Hildur Gudnadóttir and Craig Sutherland, Strong Island

Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation
78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene
Chasing Coral
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Let There Be Light
Long Strange Trip

Audience Choice Prize
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
City of Ghosts
Chasing Coral
Faces Places
Whose Streets?
The Work

Outstanding Achievement in Broadcast Nonfiction Filmmaking
Abortion: Stories Women Tell
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
Five Came Back
The Keepers
Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison

Spotlight Award
An Insignificant Man
Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
Plastic China
Stranger in Paradise
Taste of Cement

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking
Little Potato
The Rabbit Hunt
Ten Meter Tower

The Unforgettables (Non-competitive Honor, previously announced)
The year’s most notable and significant nonfiction film subjects

Chanterelle Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Jill Sung, Thomas Sung & Vera Sung, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Bobbi Jene Smith, Bobbi Jene
Abdalaziz Alhamza, Hamoud Almousa and Mohamad Almusari, City of Ghosts
Ola Kaczanowska, Communion
Dina Buno and Scott Levin, Dina
Dolores Huerta, Dolores
Agnès Varda, Faces Places
Daje Shelton, For Ahkeem
Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, Icarus
Dr. Jane Goodall, Jane
Jim Carrey, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Christine’a Rainey, Christopher “Quest” Rainey, PJ Rainey and William Withers, Quest
Yance Ford, Strong Island
Jennifer Brea, Unrest
Brian, Charles, Chris, Dark Cloud, Kiki and Vegas, The Work