PBS Programs and Filmmakers Earn Five Awards at the 30th Annual IDA Documentary Awards

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Image: LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, sailors push a helicopter off a landing platform of the U.S.S. Kirk to clear room for more helicopters dropping off refugees (credit: courtesy of Craig Compiano, Courtesy of USS KIRK Association)


The International Documentary Association announced the winners of the 30th Annual IDA Documentary Awards on Friday, December 5, 2014. INDEPENDENT LENS took home the honors for Best Curated Series.

Limited Partnership from INDEPENDENT LENS was honored with the Humanitas Award. The film will premiere on PBS in June 2015.

1971 from INDEPENDENT LENS won the ABCNews VideoSource Award, which honors the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.

Don Kleszy was awarded Best Editing for LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM premieres Tuesday, April 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS and timed to the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe was honored with the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for Evolution of a Criminal. The film is presented by INDEPENDENT LENS and premieres Monday, January 12 10:00-11:30 PM ET on PBS.

The list of PBS winners is below:

·       Best Curated Series: Independent Lens (Independent Television Service, PBS)

·       Humanitas Documentary Award: Limited Partnership (PBS/Independent Lens)

·       ABC News Videosource Award: 1971 (PBS/Independent Lens)

·       Best Editing: Don Kleszy, Last Days in Vietnam

·       Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award: Darius Clark Monroe