DOCLANDS HONORS

The DocLands Honors Award is presented to a filmmaker in recognition of exceptional storytelling within the documentary genre, an artist whose films resonate universally, emphasizing our common humanity—no matter the subject.

FRIEDA LEE MOCK

The 2020 DocLands Honors Award is presented to five-time Academy Award® nominee Frieda Lee Mock for her determination in bringing to light the stories behind some of the most remarkable American artists, politicians, humanitarians, and social justice activists. From Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember; Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner; ANI-TA – Speaking Truth to Power; G-Dog; and Return With Honor, to her 1995 Academy Award-winning documentary feature Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, and her most recent film RUTH: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words, Mock’s intimate, yet powerful cinematic biographies allow us to experience extraordinary lives, often from contrasting walks of life.

Freida Lee Mock, partner in the Los Angeles-based Sanders and Mock Productions and co-founder of the nonprofit American Film Foundation, was the first Governor elected to the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and served as Chair and Co-chair of the DGA Documentary Awards selection Committee for 6 years. She graduated from UC Berkeley in history and English and did graduate work in law and history.

SPECIAL DOCLANDS HONORS PREVIEW SCREENING

RUTH: JUSTICE GINSBERG IN HER OWN WORDS

Us 2019, 89min Director Freida Lee Mock
Near the beginning of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock’s intimate profile of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Justice becomes visibly moved when a group of high school students presents her with a painting of herself. Unlike a portrait by a different artist some years earlier that had depicted her bigger than her actual diminutive size, this painting is an accurate portrayal. It is a revealing moment: Ginsburg wants to be seen not as larger than life, but really as she is. By relying on Ginsburg’s own words and actions, as illuminated by carefully culled archival footage and interviews, Mock covers the full breadth of Ginsburg’s life, views, and career. Furthermore, Mock succeeds in creating a compelling portrait as authentic, poignant, and powerful as the Justice herself.
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