Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2003

DGA Awards

January 21, 2004

LOS ANGELES, CA – Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted and Awards Committee Chairperson Howard Storm today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2003. The winners will be announced at the 56th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 7, 2004 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

"The best documentary filmmaking not only provides a look inside a particular place or time, but also leaves us feeling like we've been transported to the middle of it – as a real eyewitness," said DGA President Michael Apted. "All five of these filmmakers have expertly taken us to places we haven't been, introduced us to people we never would have met, and let us experience life from a vantage point we didn't have before. I congratulate them for their extraordinary work."

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Sam Green & Bill Siegel SAM GREEN & BILL SIEGEL
The Weather Underground

The Free History Project
Shadow Distribution

This is both Green's and Siegel's first DGA Nomination

Andrew Jarecki ANDREW JARECKI
Capturing the Friedmans

Hit The Ground Running Films, LLC
in association with HBO/Cinemax Original Programming
Magnolia Pictures

This is Jarecki's first DGA Nomination.

Nathaniel Kahn NATHANIEL KAHN
My Architect

The Louis Kahn Project, Inc.
HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films
New Yorker Films

This is Kahn's first DGA Nomination.

Errol Morris ERROL MORRIS
The Fog of War

@radical.media & SenArt Films Production
in association with Globe Department Store
Sony Pictures Classics

This is Morris' third DGA Award nomination and his second this year. He has also received a DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2003. Morris was also nominated in the category of Documentary in 1999 for his direction of Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred Leuchter, Jr.

Jose Padilha JOSE PADILHA
Bus 174

Zazen Productions
THINKFilm

This is Padilha's first DGA Nomination.

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Director of Media Relations
(310) 289-5334
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