The International Documentary Association will honor filmmaker Errol Morris with its 2009 Life Achievement Award at its annual awards show. Plain and simple, anyone who doesn't know Morris doesn't truly know the documentary genre. Whether it's winning an Oscar for The Fog of War, freeing wrongfully accused criminals in The Thing Blue Line or developing one of the most touching films ever made in Gates of Heaven, Morris has set himself apart from the general pack of filmmakers. So, it is good to see one of our favorite directors receive this honor.
Hosted by Ira Glass (host and producer of This American Life), the 25th annual IDA Awards will occur on December 4th in Los Angeles. The group will also honor producer, director and writer Nicolas Noxon with it's Pioneer Award and Attorney/independent film advocate Michael Donaldson with its Amicus Award (an award that "acknowledg[ing] the friends of the documentary who have contributed significantly to our industry").