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2011 - 2012 Contemporary Documentaries

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2011 - 2012 Contemporary Documentaries

A Survey of Outstanding Recent Work in the Documentary Field

Part One: September 21st to December 7th


The 30th annual Contemporary Documentaries series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2010 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.

All films in the series screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., except for the IMAX presentation on December 7. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible. Admission for all screenings is free.


Wednesday, September 21st at 7 p.m

INSIDE JOB
Directed by Charles Ferguson
The financial practices that laid the groundwork for the global economic crisis are traced to their sources in an examination that lays the blame for the collapse at the doorstep of many who are still in power. Predatory lending, credit default swaps, and financial deregulation are subjected to close scrutiny and criticism in a primer on the situation that affected the lives of millions. Digital. 108 mins. Academy Award winner: Documentary Feature


CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY
Directed by Alex Gibney
This portrait of disgraced Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue with Indian casinos, Russian spies, Chinese sweatshops and a mob-style killing in Miami, this is a story of the way money corrupts our political process. 35mm. 122 mins.



Wednesday, October 5th at 7 p.m.

SUN COME UP
Directed by Jennifer Redfearn
On the once-idyllic Carteret Islands in the South Pacific, three thousand residents face hunger and relocation as the effects of global warming transform their island paradise. Digital. 38 mins. Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject


WASTE LAND
Directed by Lucy Walker
At Brazil's Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, garbage pickers make a living scavenging among the mountains of discarded materials. Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who uses trash to create his work, travels to the landfill to photograph the people whose livelihood is dependent on the things that others throw away. 35mm. 98 mins. Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature



Wednesday, October 19th at 7 p.m.

STRANGERS NO MORE
Directed and produced by Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
At the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, children from 48 countries, many of them refugees from war and poverty, learn to deal with the diversity of their new environment. Digital. 40 mins. Academy Award winner: Documentary Short Subject

PRECIOUS LIFE
Directed by Shlomi Eldar
A Palestinian infant with a life-threatening immune disorder awaits a bone marrow transplant in an Israeli hospital during the 2008-09 blockade of Gaza. As filmmaker Shlomi Eldar uses his influence to seek financial help for the family, the complexities of life in the volatile area give rise to troubling exchanges between Eldar and the baby's mother. Digital. 90 mins.



Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 p.m.

RESTREPO
Directed and produced by Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
The lives of soldiers at war are chronicled in an exploration of the experiences of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Through conversations with the men over a period of many months, a portrait emerges of the devastating toll that war takes as lives are lost and those who survive struggle to find meaning in their devotion to their comrades. 35mm. 93 mins. Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature

THE TILLMAN STORY
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
When pro football player Pat Tillman, who had walked away from a lucrative contract to enlist in the army after 9/11, died in Afghanistan, military officials soon turned his story into a useful publicity tool. As the true details of Tillman's death by friendly fire emerged, his outraged family demanded that the army be held accountable for its distortion of the facts surrounding Tillman's life and tragic death. 35mm. 94 mins.



Wednesday, November 9th at 7 p.m.


BORN SWEET
Directed and produced by Cynthia Wade

ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE
Directed and produced by Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath



Wednesday, November 30th at 7 p.m.

THE LOTTERY
Directed by Madeleine Sackler

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
Directed by Davis Guggenheim



Wednesday, December 7th at 7 p.m.

At the California Science Center IMAX Theater: HUBBLE 3D Directed and produced by Toni Myers


Event Information

When: Wednesday evenings through December 7th at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where:
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028

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Documentary