Well, as the saying goes, “don’t surprise me none.” The new documentary, Dirty Wars, directed by Richard Rowley, and featuring the work (and constant on-screen presence) of The Nation’s own Jeremy Scahill, won a top prize at the Sundance Festival yesterday, gaining the Cinematography award.

It also earned a very positive early eview from Variety. Excerpt:

A reporter for The Nation, Scahill follows a blood-strewn trail from a remote corner of Afghanistan, where covert night raids have claimed the lives of innocents, to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a shadowy outfit empowered by the current White House to assassinate those on an ever-expanding “kill list,” including at least one American. This jaw-dropping, persuasively researched pic has the power to pry open government lockboxes.

Here’s a report on the Sundance prizes, with another top award going to upcoming drama on the final day of Oscar Grant, famously slain by security guards on the BART train in 2009.  It stars Michael B. Jordan of "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" fame.

Here’s a Democracy Now! report, and transcript of interview by Amy Goodman, and here’s Jeremy and Rowley talking about their film at Sundance: