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“Oscar’s Docs” to Showcase Films of 1978 and 1979


Beverly Hills, CA — The Oscar®-winning documentaries “The Flight of the Gossamer Condor,” “Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist” and “Best Boy” will screen on Monday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater as the next installment of “Oscar’s Docs, Part Three: Academy Award®-Winning Documentaries 1977–1988.” The 10-week series showcases the short and feature-length documentaries honored each year by the Academy.

The 1978 short subject documentary winner “The Flight of the Gossamer Condor” tells the story of how Paul MacCready (who died earlier this summer) and his historic invention achieved the first successful human-powered flight. Producer Ben Shedd will participate in a post-screening discussion.

The 1979 short subject documentary winner “Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist” introduces audiences to the concert artist, Shakespearean actor, athlete, scholar, linguist, and champion of human rights.

“Best Boy,” the 1979 feature-length documentary winner, examines Pearl and Max Wohl’s life in Queens, New York, with Philly, their cheerful, engaging and mentally-challenged son; they must figure out what’s to happen to Philly when they can no longer care for him. Producer Ira Wohl will participate in a post-screening discussion.

“Oscar’s Docs” is a comprehensive screening series of every short subject and feature to win the Academy Award for documentary filmmaking since the category was established in 1941.

The retrospective will present the best available prints, often featuring newly struck or restored editions from the documentary collection of the Academy Film Archive. The series will continue each Monday evening through November 19 and will be complemented on many nights with on stage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

Tickets to “Oscar’s Docs” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. A limited number of series passes are available for $30 for the general public and $25 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets and passes are available for purchase by mail at the Academy box office during regular business hours, or online at Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit or call (310) 247-3600.


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