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‘Cartel Land’ and ‘Miss Simone’ Lead Emmy Nominees (Updated with Winners)

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Nate von Zumwalt

This post was originally published July 14 and has been updated with Emmy winners in bold.

The 2016 Emmy Award nominees were announced today and honored a number of Sundance-supported films, including five nominations for Matthew Heineman’s perilous journey exploring Mexican drugs lords in Cartel Land, and six nominations for the sweeping portrait of Nina Simone in Liz Garbus’ What Happened, Miss Simone?

Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program

Cartel Land (winner)

Mapplethorpe: Look At The Picture

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Outstanding Directing For A Nonfiction Program

Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land

Liz Garbus, What Happened, Miss Simone?

Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program

Cartel Land

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Program (Single Or Multi-Camera)

Cartel Land (winner)

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

Becoming Mike Nichols

Listen To Me Marlon

Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures

What Happened, Miss Simone? (winner)

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking (two winners)

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Cartel Land (winner)

Jim: The James Foley Story (winner)

Racing Extinction

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role

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Sundance Institute Piloting Direct Individual Support for Mediamakers Through the Sundance Institute | Humanities Sustainability Fellowship

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic upended life in general, and halted production and distribution for many creatives, the nonfiction field was plagued by issues of sustainability. For several years, sustainability has been an urgent and vigorous topic of study, debate, and organizing, as more and more filmmakers find it difficult, if not impossible, to make a living solely on the basis of their creative work. 

In Memoriam: Diane Weyermann (1955–2021)

A singular force within the documentary film world with a global reach, Diane Weyermann passed away at age 66 after battling cancer. Over the course of her 30-year career as a funder and an executive, her work elevated the documentary form and expanded its cultural impact.

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