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Academy’s Contemporary Documentaries Series Continues with Stories of Confession and Survival


Beverly Hills, CA — “Two Hands,” “Dear Talula” and “Deliver Us from Evil” will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Spring 2008 “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

The 2006 Oscar®-nominated documentary short subject “Two Hands" spotlights pianist Leon Fleisher, who at the height of his career lost the ability to play with his right hand. The documentary tells the story of his 35-year quest to find a cure for his mysterious ailment, and how he went on to reinvent himself as a teacher, conductor and performer of music written for the left hand.

“Dear Talula” features Lori Benson, a 38-year-old downtown New Yorker who is diagnosed with breast cancer just 14 months after the birth of her daughter. Moments after receiving “the call,” Benson enlists her husband and friends to document her emotional year.

“Deliver Us from Evil,” a 2006 Academy Award®-nominated documentary feature, is the story of Father Oliver O’Grady, one of the most notorious pedophiles in the history of the modern Catholic Church. His own account of his years in various Northern California parishes is chilling as it is remarkable – devoid of any sense of shame or guilt.

“Contemporary Documentaries” continues through June 11, showcasing several of the 2006 Academy Award-nominated films as well as other documentaries considered by the Academy that year.

All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.

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).


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