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Oscar-nominated director of sled dog film dies

Thursday - 4/24/2014, 3:00am  ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who directed and produced a documentary detailing a 1925 sled dog run in Alaska to deliver life-saving serum has died.

Daniel Anker died Monday at age 50. His wife, Donna Santman, says her husband died of pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma.

Anker's film, "Icebound," details the five-day run to Nome following a deadly diphtheria breakout. The film opened the Anchorage International Film Festival in December.

Santman says her husband most recently was working on a documentary about late director Sidney Lumet.

Anker was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for another documentary, "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy."

The New York filmmaker is survived by his wife of 12 years and their two children.

A funeral is scheduled for Thursday at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in Manhattan.


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