Kim Longinotto's Dreamcatcher and Stanley Nelson's Black Panther doc also in the running
Documentaries on two tragic recording artists are among the films that will compete for NAACP Image Awards.
Asif Kapadia's Amy, about the late Amy Winehouse, and Liz Garbus' What Happened, Miss Simone?, about the late Nina Simone, received nominations today for Outstanding Documentary - Film. The recognition came a day after both films were nominated for Grammys in the category of Best Music Film.
Amy and What Happened, Miss Simone? will compete with three other documentaries for the NAACP Image Award:
>Dreamcatcher, directed by Kim Longinotto. The inspiring story of Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute and drug addict who set up a foundation in Chicago to combat human trafficking.
>In My Father's House, directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Per the film's website, "In My Father's House follows acclaimed hip-hop artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith as he decides to purchase his childhood home on Chicago's South Side and raise his new family in the same house where he grew up."
>The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, directed byStanley Nelson. An examination of the Black Panther Party from its rise in Oakland, Calif. to its eventual demise -- hastened by an FBI campaign of intimidation, infiltration and violence.
In the category of Outstanding Documentary - Television, five films received nominations for NAACP Image Awards:
>August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand [American Masters] directed by Sam Pollard.
>Belief [OWN Network]. Seven-part documentary series.
>Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Minority of One [HBO] produced by Deborah Morales.
>Light Girls [OWN Network] directed by Bill Duke.
>Muhammad Ali: The People's Champ [BET Network] directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah.
The NAACP Image Awards will be presented on February 5, 2016, airing live on TV One Network.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.