Best Filmmaker

GITA SAEDI KIELY

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When Gita Saedi Kiely first moved to Missoula in 2003, she was known primarily as the award-winning documentary filmmaker from Chicago. She earned that reputation by editing such arresting series as Kartemquin Films' critically acclaimed PBS special "The New Americans" and working alongside documentary legend Steve James on films like Reel Paradise. But as she's spent more time in Missoula, Saedi Kiely's been able to turn her attention to local projects. She produced and directed 2008's Jailed for Their Words, which is part of UM's Sedition Project, and her Star Spangled Blues screened as part of this year's Lunafest film festival. In just a few short years, Saedi Kiely's now known as that award-winning documentary filmmaker from our neck of the woods.

FINALISTS:

2. Andy Smetanka

3. Doug Hawes-Davis

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