The nominees for the 31st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced today and ITVS programs received an impressive six nominations. Among the nominees are three Independent Lens programs — Tulia, Texas; No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos; and Crips and Bloods: Made in America. Tulia, Texas — by filmmakers Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen — received a nomination in the Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story, Long Form category. The film tells the story of a small town’s search for justice and the price Americans pay for the nation’s war on drugs.
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos — by director James Chressanthis — received a nomination in the Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming category. The documentary profiles legendary cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond and how they reinvented Hollywood moviemaking for an entire generation.
Crips and Bloods: Made in America — by director Stacy Peralta — received a nomination for Best Documentary. The film profiles America’s most notorious gangs and the brutal rivalries that have become routine in South Central Los Angeles.
Two Emmy nominations also went to the ITVS programs The Way We Get By and The English Surgeon, both of which aired last year on P.O.V.The Way We Get By, by director Aron Gaudet, received a nomination in the Outstanding Coverage of a News Story, Long Form category. The documentary profiles three senior citizens who have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine.
The English Surgeon, by director Geoffrey Smith, received a nomination in the Outstanding Science and Technology Programming category. The documentary follows a British neurosurgeon as he confronts the dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship on his latest mission to Ukraine.
The ITVS International program Be Like Others, by director Tanaz Eshaghian, also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form. Airing on HBO, the program took an intimate and unflinching look at life in Iran through the eyes of young men choosing to undergo sex change surgery.
We also want to mention a Primetime Emmy Awards nomination announced last week for Blessed is the Match from Independent Lens. The film earned a nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special. Congratulations to all!
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