Best of Show

Best of Show is on hiatus for 2016 as we explore new options for submissions and voting to enhance the significance and validity of the award for future years.

Past Winners

2015 K-12 (tie)

Media Education Foundation: The Illusionist

Sex sells. What sells even more? Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children. The Illusionists turns the mirror on media, exposing the absurd, sometimes humorous, and shocking images that seek to enslave us.

Women Make Movies: On Beauty

From Emmy®-nominated IN THE FAMILY filmmaker Joanna Rudnick and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films comes a story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. ON BEAUTY follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty.

2015 Academic

Ambrose Video: Neuroscience: Understanding the Brain

This incredible five part series, Neuroscience: Understanding the Brain, investigates the last and greatest frontier of science, the astonishing world of the human brain. In the 21st Century, the field of neuroscience is drawing the best and brightest from computer science, medicine, engineering, psychology, biology, genetics and ethics to study the human brain. Featuring in-depth interviews and demonstrations with neuroscientists from the country's top institutions, including MIT, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Washington University, this incredible five part series, Neuroscience: Understanding the Brain, investigates the last and greatest frontier challenging humanity's understanding of our world - the human brain.

2014 Academic:  First Run Features: Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

2014 K-12:  ro*co Films: Chasing Ice

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

2013:  Rosner Educational Media: Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis’ own films and records. The trial established the “Nuremberg principles,” laying the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

2012: The Cinema Guild: Inocente

A powerful, moving documentary from the filmmakers of the Academy Award nominated War/DanceInocente delivers a rare glimpse inside the inspirational life of a homeless undocumented fifteen-year-old girl, a burgeoning artist, and the extraordinary challenges she must contend with on a daily basis.

2011: First Run Features: Jane’s Journey

It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact in the realm of animal research and wildlife conservation than Jane Goodall, whose 45 year study of wild chimpanzees in Africa is legendary. With Jane Goodall, Pierce Brosnan, Kofi Annan, Angelina Jolie & more.

2010: Eleventh Day Entertainment: For Love of Liberty

If prevalent and accepted accounts of American history—both scholarly and those portrayed by Hollywood—are to be believed, the face of the U.S. armed services has always been white. For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots finally, and for the first time, sets the record straight.

2009: The National Film Board of Canada: RiP: A remix manifesto

Join filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk as they explore copyright and content creation in the digital age. In the process they dissect the media landscape of the 21st century and shatter the wall between users and producers. Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow also come along for the ride.

2008: Cinema Guild: Taxi to the Dark Side

The educational version of the 2008 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature, Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive investigation into the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.

2007: Visual Learning Company: Adaptations

Characteristics enabling organisms to survive and reproduce are referred to as adaptations. This program explores the wide range of adaptations humans, plants, animals, and all living things exhibit. Beautiful instructive video footage from throughout the world including the Galapagos Islands, Canadian Rockies, and New England, depicts adaptations for getting food, finding a mate, and escaping predators. 

 

 

 

 

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