Showcase of Academy Award®–Nominated Documentaries and Shorts

During the week leading up to the 81st Academy Awards®, the Center for the National Archives Experience hosted the fifth annual free screenings of the year’s Oscar®-nominated motion pictures in four categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film. The program was presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives.

The screenings were introduced by distinguished members of the Washington, D.C. film community. More information is available at

Documentary Feature Nominees

Wednesday, February 18, at 7 p.m.

“Man on Wire” (Magnolia Pictures)
A Wall to Wall in association with Red Box Films Production, James Marsh and Simon Chinn, (94 minutes, rated PG-13)

Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m.

“The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” (Cinema Guild)
A Pandinlao Films Production, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, (96 minutes, unrated)

Friday, February 20, at 7 p.m.

“Encounters at the End of the World” (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment)
A Creative Differences Production, Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser, (99 minutes, rated G)

Saturday, February 21, at 7 p.m.

“Trouble the Water” (Zeitgeist Films)
An Elsewhere Films Production, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, (90 minutes, unrated)

Sunday, February 22, at 4 p.m.

“The Garden”
A Black Valley Films Production, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, (80 minutes, unrated)

Live Action Short Film Nominees

Saturday, February 21, at noon

“Auf Der Strecke (On the Line)” (Hamburg Shortfilmagency)
An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production, Reto Caffi

“Manon on the Asphalt” (La Luna Productions)
A La Luna Production, Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont

“New Boy” (Network Ireland Television)
A Zanzibar Films Production, Steph Green and Tamara Anghie

“The Pig”
An M & M Production, Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh

“Spielzeugland (Toyland)”
A Mephisto Film Production, Jochen Alexander Freydank

Total running time: 80 minutes.

Animated Short Film Nominees

Saturday, February 21, at 3:30 p.m.

“La Maison en Petits Cubes”
A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato

“Lavatory – Lovestory”
A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production, Konstantin Bronzit

“Oktapodi” (Talantis Films)
A Gobelins, L’école de l’image Production, Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand

“Presto” (Walt Disney)
A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Doug Sweetland

“This Way Up”
A Nexus Production, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

Total running time: 38 minutes.

Documentary Short Subject Nominees

Sunday, February 22, at noon

“The Conscience of Nhem En”
A Farallon Films Production, Steven Okazaki

“The Final Inch”
Vermilion Films in association with, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant

“Smile Pinki”
A Principe Production, Megan Mylan

“The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306”
A Rock Paper Scissors Production, Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

Total running time: 144 minutes.

Event Information

Wednesday, February 18, through Sunday, February 22
William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, D.C.
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