Awards

Academy Awards, USA

2007 Nominee
Oscar
Best Documentary, Features
Jesus Camp (2006)
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists

2013 Winner
EDA Female Focus Award
Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry
Detropia (2012)
The Queen of Versailles (2012)
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)
The Central Park Five (2012)
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Women Documentary Filmmakers of 2012
2006 Winner
EDA Special Mention Award
Don't Stick Your Head in the Sand
Jesus Camp (2006)
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Winner
EDA Award
Best Documentary by or About Women
Jesus Camp (2006)
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Ashland Independent Film Festival

2016 Winner
Rogue Award
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
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Boston Independent Film Festival

2012 Winner
Grand Jury Prize
Documentary
Detropia (2012)
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Chicago International Film Festival

2005 Winner
Gold Hugo
Best Documentary
The Boys of Baraka (2005)
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Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US

2015 Nominee
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Television
The Education of Mohammad Hussein (2013)
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2013 Winner
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Detropia (2012)
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Nominee
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Detropia (2012)
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Gotham Awards

2012 Nominee
Gotham Independent Film Award
Best Documentary
Detropia (2012)
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2010 Nominee
Gotham Independent Film Award
Best Documentary
12th & Delaware (2010)
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International Documentary Association

2016 Nominee
Video Source Award
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
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2013 Nominee
IDA Award
Best Short
The Education of Mohammad Hussein (2013)
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2005 Nominee
IDA Award
Feature Documentaries
The Boys of Baraka (2005)
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Montclair Film Festival (MFF)

2016 Winner
Audience Award
Documentary Feature
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
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Nantucket Film Festival

2016 Winner
Best Storytelling in a Documentary
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
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Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island

2005 Winner
Jury Award
Best Documentary
The Boys of Baraka (2005)
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News & Documentary Emmy Awards

2015 Nominee
Emmy
Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form
Makers: Women Who Make America (2013)
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2007 Nominee
Emmy
Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form
P.O.V. (1988)
The Boys of Baraka (2005)
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For episode "The Boys of Baraka"

Philadelphia Film Festival

2017 Nominee
Jury Award
Best Documentary Feature
One of Us (2017)
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Port Hueneme International Film Festival

2006 Winner
Feature Award
Best Picture
Jesus Camp (2006)
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RiverRun International Film Festival

2015 Winner
Emerging Master
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Sarasota Film Festival

2012 Nominee
Jury Prize
Best Documentary Feature
Detropia (2012)
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Silverdocs Documentary Festival

2006 Winner
Grand Jury Award
Best Feature
Jesus Camp (2006)
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2005 Winner
Audience Award
The Boys of Baraka (2005)
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Sundance Film Festival

2012 Nominee
Grand Jury Prize
Documentary
Detropia (2012)
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2010 Nominee
Grand Jury Prize
Documentary
12th & Delaware (2010)
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Traverse City Film Festival

2016 Winner
Stanley Kubrick Award
Special Mention
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
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2012 Winner
Founders Prize
Best American Film - Honorable Mention
Detropia (2012)
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"'Detropia' is awarded the Special Jury Prize for applying high aesthetic standards of cinema craft... More

"'Detropia' is awarded the Special Jury Prize for applying high aesthetic standards of cinema craft in service to its socially relevant and insightful subject matter. "Detropia" is a cinematic "Howl," a beautiful poem-like documentary that tells a troubling tale of the desperate condition of Michigan's First City. But hope lives in the city and it is communicated in the beauty of the cinematography, the use of music and by capturing the grit and creativity of Detroit's people. "Detropia" reflects the tenacious spirit of this once great city; the city that fostered the automobile industry, served as the "Arsenal of Democracy," created the Motown sound, generated the most important technology and business innovations of early 20th century and, most importantly, invented and established a viable middle class. "Detropia" for high artistic achievement is the Special Jury Prize for US Films at the 8th Traverse City Film Festival.


Tribeca Film Festival

2006 Winner
Special Jury Prize
Jesus Camp (2006)
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Outstanding achievement in documentary.
Nominee
Jury Award
Best Documentary Feature
Jesus Camp (2006)
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Twin Cities Film Fest, US

2012 Winner
Festival Award
Best Documentary
Detropia (2012)
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Warsaw International Film Festival

2010 Nominee
Best Documentary
Freakonomics (2010)
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Women Film Critics Circle Awards

2006 Winner
WFCC Award
Best Documentary: Groundbreaker
Jesus Camp (2006)
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