True Vision Award
The True Vision Award, our only award, is given annually to a filmmaker (or filmmaking team) whose work shows a dedication to the creative advancement of the art of nonfiction filmmaking. It is designed and cast in bronze by mid-Missouri sculptor Larry Young.
In 2014, we are delighted to honor Amir Bar-Lev as the 11th True Vision Award recipient.
“Man is able to create illusions, like bubbles, on which he lives.” The speaker is Arnost Lustig, the footage is Nazi propaganda of the infamous model concentration camp Terezín, and the film is the documentary Fighter, the 2000 debut feature by Amir Bar-Lev. Fighter, which follows Lustig and his friend Jan Weiner, Holocaust survivors reuniting for a European remembrance tour, is less a history lesson than a tale of two men wrestling with history and memory. And wrestling to find the truth, or truths, beneath any story is what Bar-Lev, in his young but potent filmography, has done. Call it Third Eye Cinema: Bar-Lev’s movies peer into the multiple layers that define our shifting realities, reflecting on the very nature of story and memory. His My Kid Could Paint That (2007) offers a closer look at a girl who (apparently) creates gallery-ready canvases. His 2010 film The Tillman Story investigates the death of a soldier and former NFL star who died in Afghanistan under mysterious circumstances. And Happy Valley(2014) revisits the Jerry Sandusky-Joe Paterno child molestation scandal and cover-up at Penn State. Bar-Lev’s cinema is skillful as entertainment and rigorous as journalism, but goes deeper than the form requires, digging to reveal the shifting-sand complexity of its subjects, and of the universe at large. (JS)
- 2013: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
- 2012: Victor Kossakovsky
- 2011: James Marsh
- 2010: Laura Poitras
- 2009: Kim Longinotto
- 2008: Alex Gibney
- 2007: Brett Morgen
- 2006: Kirby Dick
- 2005: Stephen Marshall
- 2004: Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky