Trials of Muhammad Ali wins IDA Award

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has given the 2013 ABCNews VideoSource award to our film The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

Trials director Bill Siegel (pictured) collected the award - given for the best use of archival footage in a documentary - last night at the IDA awards ceremony in Los Angeles, accompanied by the film's producer Rachel Pikelny, editor Aaron Wickenden, and executive producer Gordon Quinn.

"We are very pleased that The Trials of Muhammad Ali has won this award," said Anthony Perrone, Director of ABC NEWS VideoSource. "Bill Siegel and the team at Kartemquin Films are very deserving of this recognition. Their film brings to light a period of Ali’s life that has long been overshadowed by his athletic success and outsized personality. They discovered incredible archival material and wove it together such that it gives new life to this important story, which is what this award seeks to honor."

The team worked extremely hard over many years searching for rare and unseen archival footage to tell the story of the most famous athlete of the 20th century's fight to exercise his religious and personal beliefs. Credit and thanks also goes to Carolyn Faber, Hillary Bachelder, Nora Gully, Matt Lauterbach, Amy Boyd, Brit Hayford and Shayla Harris for their work on this project.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is still on limited release in theaters. Upcoming dates include screenings in Milwaukee, Rochester, Vancouver, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Albuquerque and many more through winter of 2014. The film will be part of ITVS' Community Cinema screening platform, screening for free in many places through February, March, and April, leading to an Independent Lens PBS broadcast in April 2014. The film also become available on DVD and VOD in January 2014.

This is the second IDA award in Kartemquin's history, following our 2004 win for Best Limited Series for The New Americans.