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Academy/UCLA Documentary Series Continues Its 25th Year


Fifteen short and feature-length documentaries, including the Oscar®-winning “March of the Penguins” and five Oscar nominees, will be screened in part two of the 2006–2007 Contemporary Documentaries series, presented by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The first screening will take place on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

Following is the complete series schedule:

March 14
“March of the Penguins” (directed by Luc Jacquet; produced by Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel Priou) Academy Award winner: Documentary Feature
“Grizzly Man” (directed by Werner Herzog; produced by Erik Nelson)

March 28
“The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club” (directed and produced by Dan Krauss) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject
“KordaVision” (directed by Héctor Cruz Sandoval; produced by Gilberto Lazaro Martinez, Jose Antonio Jimenez, Cruz Sandoval, Mary Ruth Nieto, Gina Perez)

April 11
“Abused” (directed by Chuck Braverman, produced by Marilyn Braverman and Chuck Braverman)
“After Innocence” (directed by Jessica Sanders; produced by Sanders, Marc Simon)

April 25
“Waging a Living” (directed and produced by Roger Weisberg)
“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” (Directed by Alex Gibney; produced by Gibney, Jason Kliot, Susan Motamed, Alison Ellwood) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature

May 9
“Rize” (directed by David LaChapelle; produced by LaChapelle, Marc Hawker, Ellen Jacobson-Clarke, Richmond Talauega, Tone Talauega)
“Favela Rising” (directed and produced by Jeff Zimbalist, Matt Mochary)

May 23
“Positively Naked” (directed and produced by Arlene Donnelly Nelson, David Nelson; produced by Helen Hood Scheer)
“The Mushroom Club” (directed and produced by Steven Okazaki) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject
“Unknown White Male” (directed by Rupert Murray; produced by Beadie Finzi)

June 6
“God Sleeps in Rwanda” (directed and produced by Kimberlee Acquaro, Stacy Sherman) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject
“Darwin’s Nightmare” (directed by Hubert Sauper; produced by Edouard Mauriat, Anne-Cécile Berthomeau, Antonin Svoboda, Martin Gschlacht, Barbara Albert, Hubert Toint) Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature

“March of the Penguins” takes the audience into the pitiless and inhospitable ice deserts of Antarctica for an incredible story of courage, adventure and survival. Each winter, Emperor penguins march in single file through the harshest conditions to perform a ritual courtship and monogamous mating that produces a single egg. This is one of nature’s most perilous and heartwarming stories about the instincts that help assure the survival of a species.

In “Grizzly Man,” director Werner Herzog paints a complex portrait of self-styled grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who for 13 summers lived among the bears in Alaska. In 2003 Treadwell’s bodily remains, along with those of his girlfriend, were found after both of them were mauled and devoured by a grizzly. Treadwell had filmed his final five seasons in Alaska, and Herzog uses this footage to explore the sometimes uneasy relationship between man and nature. Following the screening, Herzog will discuss the making of the film and take questions from the audience.

All screenings in the series are free and open to the public. They will begin at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater. Filmmakers will be present whenever possible to discuss their films and take questions from the audience. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 North Vine Street, at the northwest corner of Fountain Avenue and Vine Street in Hollywood. Parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue, one block north of Fountain. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or (310) 206-FILM.


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