Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Contemporary Documentaries

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, November 4, at 7 p.m.

DAVID MCCULLOUGH: PAINTING WITH WORDS

DAVID MCCULLOUGH: PAINTING WITH WORDS

Directed by Mark Herzog

Produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough (Truman, John Adams), known for immersing himself in the lives of his subjects, turns that inquisitive eye on himself. McCullough provides an insightful, anecdotal look into his life and career. Digital. 39 mins.

GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS

GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS

Directed by Scott Hicks

Produced by Hicks, Susanne Preissler

Composer Philip Glass grants audiences a rare glimpse behind the curtain into his working process and family life, as well as to his spiritual teachers and longtime collaborators. Shot over 18 months and on three continents, Hicks assembles a mosaic portrait of a surprising and complex artist. Digital. 119 mins.

Wednesday, November 11, at 7 p.m.

BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH

BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH

Directed by Roberta Grossman

Produced by Grossman, Lisa Thomas

Poet, diarist and paratrooper, Hannah Senesh was a uniquely talented and brave woman. Through eyewitness accounts and her own words describing Senesh’s role in the only military rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust, the soul of a hero is revealed. 35mm. 86 mins.

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL

Directed by Gini Reticker

Produced by Abigail E. Disney

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” chronicles the story of women in Liberia who mounted a peaceful campaign against the country’s bloody civil war. Proving that nonviolent protest can still effect change, demonstrators gathered daily in the central market area of Monrovia, and later staged a sit-in at the location of peace talks in Ghana. This grassroots effort by women of different backgrounds, ages and religions got warlords to listen, and helped transform Liberia. 35mm. 72 mins.

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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