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2008 – 2009 Contemporary Documentaries

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2008 – 2009 Contemporary Documentaries

September 24th – December 3rd 2008

A survey of outstanding recent work in the documentary field.

Wednesday, September 24th at 7 p.m.

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE**
Directed by Alex Gibney
Produced by Gibney, Eva Orner, Susannah Shipman
As it examines the mysterious death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE exposes America’s worldwide detention and interrogation policies that condone torture and the abrogation of human rights. 35mm. 106 mins.
Academy Award winner: Documentary Feature


NO END IN SIGHT*
Directed by Charles Ferguson
Produced by Ferguson, Jennie Amias, Audrey Marrs, Jessie Vogelson
A candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003, NO END IN SIGHT chronicles the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerrilla warfare, criminality and anarchy. 35mm. 102 mins.
Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature



Wednesday, October 1st at 7 p.m.

AUTISM: THE MUSICAL
Directed by Tricia Regan
Produced by Perrin Chiles, Regan, Sasha Alpert
In 1980 autism was a relatively rare disorder, diagnosed in one in 10,000 children in the United States. That rate is now one in 150. AUTISM: THE MUSICAL counters those bleak statistics with one woman’s optimistic pledge to lead a group of autistic children in writing, rehearsing and performing their own full-length musical. 35mm. 94 mins.


WAR/DANCE*
Directed by Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine
Produced by Albie Hecht
In any war zone, children are usually hit the hardest. The children of WAR/DANCE, however, show amazing resilience in the face of the conflict that has raged in northern Uganda for more than two decades. Despite their dire circumstances, they have qualified to compete in the National Music Competition in Kampala – driven by heart, talent and the need to rebuild their lives. 35mm. 105 mins.
Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature



Wednesday, October 15th at 7 p.m.

FREEHELD**
Directed by Cynthia Wade
Produced by Wade, Vanessa Roth, Matthew Syrett
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. But in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her final battle for justice is for the woman she loves. FREEHELD chronicles Hester’ s struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, as the cancer spreads to her brain. 35mm. 38 mins.

Academy Award winner: Documentary Short Subject


FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO
Directed and produced by Daniel G. Karslake Through the experiences of five Christian families, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO explores how people of faith handle the reality of having a gay child. The families’ efforts to reconcile homosexuality and Biblical scripture offer hope for those caught between the two . 35mm. 99 mins.



Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 p.m.

THE 11TH HOUR
Directed by Leila Conners Petersen, Nadia Conners
Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Conners Petersen, Chuck Castleberry, Brian Gerber
Noted politicians, scientists and other ecological ambassadors explore the planet’s perilous state, stressing the importance of informed intervention to change its potentially disastrous course. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. 35mm. 92 mins.


PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG
Directed by Jim Brown
Produced by Brown, Michael Cohl, William Eigen With archival footage and clips from his own personal films, PETER SEGER: THE POWER OF SONG documents the life of one of the greatest American singer/songwriters of the last century. 35mm. 93 mins.



Wednesday, November 5th at 7 p.m.
NANKING
WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN


Wednesday, November 19th at 7 p.m.
LA CORONA (THE CROWN)*
THE PRICE OF SUGAR


Wednesday, December 3rd at 7 p.m.
At the IMAX Theater, California Science Center, Exposition Park
MUMMIES: SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHS
DINOSAURS ALIVE

*Academy Award Nominee
**Academy Award Winner


Admission is free. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood. Free parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain). Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For additional information, please call the Academy at (310) 247-3600.


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Documentary