The 2023 DocLands Audience Choice Award goes to director Denny Tedesco for the feature-length, music documentary Immediate Family, charting the journey of a group of close friends who became the premiere studio band for the musical icons of the ’70s and beyond.
From The Wrecking Crew! director Denny Tedesco, this tuneful doc introduces a group of legendary studio musicians who worked together through the ’70s, ’80s, and onward, chronicling their illustrious partnerships and a formidable track record of hits.
A special Audience Impact Award has been awarded this year to director Matt Waldeck for the feature-length documentary Lovely Jackson. Raw and revealing, the film recounts the story –– in his own voice –– of Rickey Jackson, an innocent Ohio man who spent 39 years in prison on the basis of coerced testimony.
Director Matt Waldeck’s heartfelt and sensitive approach to the 39-year false imprisonment of Rickey Jackson makes for a true-crime standout. Black-and-white re-enactments and dream sequences intertwine with Jackson’s own voice to give viewers a passenger seat on his wrenching but ultimately miraculous journey.