The annual IDA Documentary Awards Gala, to be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 in the Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, is the world's most prestigious awards event dedicated to documentary film. For 30 years, IDA has celebrated and recognized the most groundbreaking documentary films of the year. In addition to honoring both individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements in documentary filmmaking and contributions to the field, the IDA Documentary Awards recognize the year's best documentary productions.
We're pleased to reveal the exciting list of guests scheduled to present awards to some of the night's esteemed honorees. Presenting the Career Achievement Award to Robert Redford is Oscar®-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream). Monica Lewinsky, subject of Monica in Black and White, will present the Pioneer Award to World of Wonder's Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Marshall Curry, director of Point and Shoot and Street Fight, will present the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award--sponsored by Red Fire Films and Modern VideoFilm--to Darius Clark Monroe, director of Evolution of a Criminal. Rory Kennedy (Last Days of Vietnam, Ethel) is slated to present the Pare Lorentz Award for Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke’s film Tashi and the Monk. Also scheduled to present is Jorja Fox (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Lion Ark). This year's awards will be hosted by Carol Leifer, who has starred in five of her own comedy specials that have aired on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central and has written for the Oscars® telecast seven times. She is a four-time Emmy®-award nominee for her writing on Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and Saturday Night Live. She also received the prestigious Writers Guild Award for her work on the number one comedy, Modern Family. She is the author of the bestselling When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win and her latest book How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying.