Spreading the Love at DOC NYC’s Visionaries Tribute
Errol Morris and Sheila Nevins honored for their contributions to documentary filmmaking

Honoree Errol Morris attends the DOC NYC Visionaries Tribute luncheon on November 9, 2017. (Photo by Lou Aguilar)


Each year, DOC NYC honors those who have made a significant impact on the documentary world, and continue to contribute to the documentary community through their dedication to telling stories that might go untold.

This year, the Fourth Annual Visionaries Awards were presented to director Errol Morris and Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films.

Morris, who’s prolific output of now-iconic films including Vernon, Florida, The Thin Blue Line, and The Fog of War, has cemented his legacy among filmmakers. DOC NYC is also pleased to be showing Wormwood – his highly anticipated Netflix series, and The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, at this year’s festival.

In her 30-year tenure at HBO, Nevins has overseen the production of over 1000 documentary films, and as an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards.

On November 9, these two titans of documentary film, along with Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, winners of the Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence, and Cara Mertes, winner of the Leading Light Award, were honored in a special tribute event to kick off DOC NYC’s 8th season, and to spread the love for documentary films and the people who make them happen.