January 10, 2018 2:22 pm
Acclaimed director Steve James earned a nomination today from the Director's Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for his latest film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. This is James' fourth DGA Award nomination. He won in 2994 for Hoop Dreams, and was also nominated in this category in 2008 and 2011 for At the Death House Door and The Interrupters. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
In early December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category would advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®, including Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. Read the official announcement distributed by AMPAS here.
The film recently earned the Critics' Choice Award for Best Political Documentary at the 2017 Critics' Choice Awards, as well as a nomination for the Cinema Eye Honors' Audience Choice Prize. The Sung family – including Chanterelle Sung, Hwei Lin Sung, Jill Sung, Thomas Sung and Vera Sung – was nominated for Cinema Eye Honor's non-competitive honor, The Unforgettables, which honors the year's most notable and significant nonfiction film subjects. This year’s winners will be announced at the 2018 Honors Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. The ceremony will be hosted, for the third consecutive year, by Abacus director Steve James.
Abacus is directed by Steve James and produced by Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman; edited by John Farbrother and David E. Simpson; music by Joshua Abrams; cinematography by Tom Bergmann; co-produced by Fenell Doremus and Nick Verbitsky and executive produced by Gordon Quinn, Christopher Clements, Betsy Steinberg, Justine Nagan, Raney Aronson and Sally Jo Fifer. Abacus is a Mitten Media, Motto Pictures and Kartemquin Films production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Blue-Ice Film Fund.