This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2017 Oscar nominees. Among the films selected for Best Feature Documentary is the ITVS funded film I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck (in theaters Feb 3). Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film has already won several awards, International Documentary Association’s Creative Recognition Award for Best Writing, and Hamptons International Film Festival’s Audience Award for Documentary Feature and Philadelphia Film Festival’s Best Documentary Feature.
To date, ITVS has now funded eight Oscar-nominated documentaries featured on PBS’s Independent Lens: The Invisible War and How to Survive a Plague in 2013; Hell and Back Again (2012); Waste Land (2011); Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2006); The Weather Underground (2004); and the short documentary Why Can’t We Be a Family Again? (2002).
Raoul Peck’s complex body of work includes films The Man by the Shore (Competition Cannes, 1993); Lumumba, (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes, 2000; aired on HBO); He directed and produced Sometimes in April for HBO (Berlinale, 2005); Moloch Tropical (Toronto, 2009; Berlin, 2010); and Murder in Pacot (Toronto, 2014; Berlin, 2015).
In addition to his distinguished filmography, Raoul Peck has served as jury member at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, is presently chairman of the National French film school La Femis, and has been the subject of numerous retrospectives worldwide. In 2001, the Human Rights Watch Organization awarded him with the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award.
Please join us in congratulating Raoul Peck and watch the trailer for the Oscar-nominated film below:
ITVS would also like to congratulate director Roger Ross Williams, nominated in the same category for Life, Animated and whose film God Loves Uganda aired on Independent Lens in 2014. A huge shout out is also in order to director Barry Jenkins for his film Moonlight, which has been glowing with awards such as Golden Globe's Best Motion Picture and now nominated for the Academy Awards's Best Motion Picture. ITVS has aired Jenkins's 2011 short film, Remigration on PBS's Future States.
The winners will be named at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on ABC February 26, 2017. To see a complete list of nominated films, click here.
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