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Academy/UCLA Documentary Series Brings Church Matters to the Screen


Beverly Hills, CA — Academy Award® nominee “Twist of Fate” and “Let the Church Say Amen” will be screened for the November 9 installment of the Contemporary Documentary Series, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Free and open to the public, the screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

“Twist of Fate” follows an Ohio firefighter who sues his church for childhood sexual abuse by his priest. Directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Eddie Schmidt, the Oscar®-nominated feature documentary brings accuser Tony Comes’ personal demons, guilt and anger to the screen, along with the resulting community insensitivity, denial and rejection.

“Let the Church Say Amen” looks at a tiny church in Washington, D.C., that serves as the backbone of strength for an urban community of African Americans who fight to maintain hope, dignity and self-determination in the face of daily street violence, unemployment, homelessness and poverty. The film was produced by David J. Petersen, who also directed, and Mridu Chandra.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 North Vine Street, in Hollywood, at the northwest corner of Fountain Avenue and Vine Street. Limited 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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