Cinema Eye Honors Is Launching Inaugural Honors Lunch; ‘Paris Is Burning’ to Receive 2015 Legacy Award [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 2 years ago

Cinema Eye Honors is launching its inaugural Honors Lunch to acknowledge the influential classic docs, unforgettable nonfiction film subjects. The 2015 Legacy Award will be presented to Jennie Livingston's landmark film “Paris Is Burning.” Read on for further details.

HBO Documentary Films, Netflix, Radius/TWC and the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri are the key sponsors for this new event. This is the sixth year that Cinema Eye will present a Legacy Award. The First Annual Cinema Eye Honors Lunch will celebrate “Paris Is Burning,” as well as the other films named to the annual list of influential and classic films. The Lunch will also recognize this year’s unforgettables, remarkable and momentous documentary subjects from the yesteryear’s films.


“Paris Is Burning” is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it archives the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it.  The film is considered to be an imperative documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls. The critics have praised it as a solicitous journeying of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.

The critically acclaimed documentary received IDA Award, International Documentary Association, LAFCA Award Best Documentary, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Audience Award Best Documentary, San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 1990.  

In 1991, “Paris Is Burning” won Grand Jury Prize Documentary, Sundance Film Festival, Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film, Berlin International Film Festival, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (BSFC) Best Documentary, the very first Open Palm Award now called Breakthrough Director Award Gotham Awards, NYFCC Award Best Documentary, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Golden Space Needle Award Best Documentary and Seattle International Film Festival.   The documentary won Outstanding Film (Documentary), GLAAD Media Awards and NSFC Award Best Documentary, National Society of Film Critics Award in 1992.

The Unforgettables

The year’s most distinguished and noteworthy nonfiction film subjects:

  1. Bob and Marcel
  2. Ne Me Quitte Pas
  3. Pam Brooks
  4. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
  5. Brandy Burre
  6. Actress
  7. Nick Cave
  8. 20,000 Days on Earth
  9. Chaz and Roger Ebert
  10. Life Itself
  11. Shep Gordon
  12. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
  13. Alejandro Jodorowsky
  14. Jodorowsky’s Dune
  15. Mark Landis
  16. Art and Craft
  17. Anna Neistat
  18. The E-Team
  19. Pastor Jay Reinke
  20. The Overnighters
  21. Abdul Basset Saroot
  22. Return to Homs
  23. Edward Snowden
  24. Citizenfour
  25. Clark Terry
  26. Keep On Keepin’ On
  27. Matthew Van Dyke
  28. Point and Shoot
  29. John Wojtowicz
  30. The Dog

The Influentials

The 25 classic nonfiction films that most influenced this year’s eligible filmmakers as they were making their films:

  1. American Movie (1999)
  2. Burden of Dreams (1982)
  3. Crumb (1994)
  4. Darwin’s Nightmare (2004)
  5. Don’t Look Back (1967)
  6. Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)
  7. The Five Obstructions (2003)
  8. Fog of War (2003)
  9. Gimme Shelter (1970)
  10. The Gleaners and I (2000)
  11. Grey Gardens (1975)
  12. Grizzly Man (2005)
  13. Harlan County, USA (1976)
  14. Paris Is Burning (1991)
  15. Roger and Me (1989)
  16. Salesman (1968)
  17. Sans Soleil (1983)
  18. Seventeen (1983)
  19. Sherman’s March (1985)
  20. Tarnation (2003)
  21. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  22. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
  23. Titicut Follies (1967)
  24. The War Room (1993)
  25. When We Were Kings (1996)

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green will be hosting the Awards Ceremony on Jan. 7, 2015 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. Click here to buy tickets. Voting for the Audience Choice Prize is open to the public. Click here to vote.

That’s it for the scoop on the 8th Cinema Eye Honors Nominations. Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates.


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