Legendary TV producer Norman Lear, with his wife Lyn, are among this year’s crop of International Documentary Association honorees.
The IDA’s 32nd Annual Documentary Awards will honor the Lears with the Amicus Award, for their noted social and political activism.
The producer of milestone TV programs like “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude” is, along with Lyn, the founder of The Lear Family Foundation. The organization supports a wide variety of projects that address issues like civil liberties, the environment, health and youth and civic activism.
“Our honorees this year include veteran and emerging filmmakers, illustrating how vital the documentary field is,” Simon Kilmurry, IDA’s Executive Director, said in a statement.
In addition to the Lears, Stanley Nelson (“Freedom Riders,” “The Murder of Emmett Till”) will receive the Career Achievement Award. Ally Derks (founder of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) will receive the Pioneer Award, and Nanfu Wang (“Hooligan Sparrow”) will receive the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker prize.
Awards will also be given in several categories including Best Feature Documentary, Best Short
Documentary, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award, Best Limited Series, and more. The ceremony will be held on December 9, 2016, on the Paramount Pictures backlot.