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Working Poor and Filthy Rich Spotlighted in Academy/UCLA Documentary Series Screening


Beverly Hills, CA — The documentary feature “Waging a Living” and the Oscar®-nominated documentary feature “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” will be screened on Wednesday, April 25, as the next installment in 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 screenings will begin at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

Directed and produced by Roger Weisberg, “Waging a Living” focuses on the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners who in the film serve to represent the more than 30 million Americans who live at or below the federal poverty level. The film offers a sobering view of the frustrations and accomplishments of a diverse group of people pursuing the American Dream. Weisberg will be present at the screening to discuss the film and take questions from the audience.

“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” is the inside story of one of the biggest business scandals in recent history. The film shows how top executives at America’s seventh largest corporation reaped over a billion dollars while leaving investors and employees with nothing. Using damning company audio and videotapes to make its point, “Enron” exposes the moral vacuum and excessive avarice that are often disguised as corporate philosophy. The film was directed by Alex Gibney and produced by Gibney, Jason Kliot, Susan Motamed and Alison Ellwood.

All screenings in the series are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 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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