Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Contemporary Documentaries Screenings

Wednesday evenings through December 9, at 7 p.m. 
at the Linwood Dunn Theater
and the IMAX Theater, California Science Center 
 

2009–2010 CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTARIES
A survey of outstanding recent work in the documentary field
Part One: September 30 to December 9, 2009


The 28th annual Contemporary Documentaries series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.  

All films in the series screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., except for the IMAX presentations on December 9. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.  Admission for all screenings is free. 

Wednesday, September 30, at 7 p.m.

MAN ON WIRE

MAN ON WIRE

Directed by James Marsh

Produced by Simon Chinn

In 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, in a feat that became known as “the artistic crime of the century.”  Petit and some of his co-conspirators recall this extraordinary adventure in this Oscar®-winning documentary.  35mm.  94 mins. 

Academy Award winner: Documentary Feature 

IN A DREAM

IN A DREAM

Directed by Jeremiah Zagar

Produced by Jeremy Yaches

Over the past four decades, artist Isaiah Zagar has covered Philadelphia with mosaic murals.  “In a Dream” chronicles this work and his tumultuous relationship with his wife, as a new chapter in their life unfolds. Digital.  78 mins.   

Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m.

THE GARDEN

THE GARDEN

Directed and produced by Scott Hamilton Kennedy

In response to the 1992 L.A. riots, the South Central Farmers started a 14-acre community garden as a form of healing.  As this film unfolds, the future of the garden hangs in the balance as developers look to bulldoze the area.  35mm.  80 mins.

Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature

CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA

CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA

Directed by Stacy Peralta

Produced by Baron Davis, Dan Halsted, Peralta, Jesse Dylan

Tracing the origins, rise and four-decades-long feud of two Los Angeles gangs, “Crips and Bloods: Made in America” (previously titled “Made in America”) gives viewers unprecedented access into a little understood world.  Current and former gang members offer street-level testimony that paints a stark portrait of life in South Central L.A.

Digital.  93 mins. 
 

The series will continue with the following films: 

Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m.

Encounters at the End of the World

Flow 

Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m.

David McCullough: Painting with Words

GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts 

Wednesday, November 11, at 7 p.m.

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

Pray the Devil Back to Hell 

Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m.

At the IMAX Theater, California Science Center

Wild Ocean

Hurricane on the Bayou*

   * Submitted to the Academy in 2006 
 

Admission is free; tickets are not required

Doors open at 6 p.m.

All seating is unreserved

For more information, call (310) 247-3600

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