’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’ To Compete With Music Docs for Gotham Audience Award

“12 Years a Slave” and “Fruitvale Station” are among the final five films in the running for the Audience Award at the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Thursday.

In an unusual shortlist made up of two hard-hitting films about the African-American experience, two music documentaries and a doc about a Newark high school, Steve McQueen’s “12 Years” and Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale” are by far the highest-profile films.




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