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“Oscar’s Docs” Visits Films of 1980


Beverly Hills, CA — The Oscar®-winning documentaries “Karl Hess: Toward Liberty” and “From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China” will screen on Monday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. in 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.

Producers Roland Halle and Peter Ladue will be on hand to discuss their 1980 short subject documentary winner “Karl Hess: Toward Liberty,” which captures the writer and philosopher’s unique sense of humor as it documents his examination of social issues from an unusual perspective.

Producer Murray Lerner will discuss “From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China,” his 1980 feature-length documentary winner. In the film, Stern accepts the Chinese government’s invitation to attend a rehearsal and give one recital, but ends up playing a formal concert, touring two cities, and teaching many master classes.

“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 onstage 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 online at, by mail, or at the Academy box office during regular business hours. 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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