Oscar’s Docs, Part Five

Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 1998–2003

This comprehensive screening series of every short subject and feature to win the Oscar® for documentary filmmaking resumed in celebration of the Awards years 1998–2003. The retrospective offered a unique opportunity to observe the historical impact and evolution of the theatrical documentary. It featured the best available prints of these films from the documentary collection of the Academy Film Archive. Many of the evenings featured panel discussions with the filmmakers.

The films included in the series were “The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years,” “The Last Days,” “King Gimp,” “One Day in September,” “Big Mama,” “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport,” “Thoth,” “Murder on a Sunday Morning,” “Twin Towers,” “Bowling for Columbine,” “Chernobyl Heart,” and “The Fog of War.”

Event Information

Monday evenings, October 19 to November 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
  • Monday, October 19

    The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years (1998)

    The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years

    A group of senior citizens rehearse and perform an original play about their romantic lives at a community theater in Manhattan. 37 mins.



    The Last Days (1998)

    The Last Days

    Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, movingly tell their stories of joyous lives before World War II, the horrors of Nazi persecution, and how they survived the Holocaust. 87 mins.

    Director-editor James Moll, producer June Beallor and one of the five Holocaust survivors who appeared in the film, Renee Firestone, in person.

  • Monday, October 26

    King Gimp (1999)

    King Gimp

    Follows Dan Keplinger, born with cerebral palsy, from age 12 until his graduation from college, documenting his struggles with mainstream acceptance and his birth as an artist. 40 mins.

    Producer Susan Hannah Hadary in person.

    One Day in September (1999)

    One Day in September

    The story of the events surrounding the hostage-taking of Israeli athletes by members of the Palestinian group Black September at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. 94 mins.

  • Monday, November 2

    Big Mama (2000)

    Big Mama

    Documents the brave attempts of an 89-year-old African-American woman in Los Angeles to maintain custody of her grandson against immense odds. 40 mins.

    Producer-director Tracy Seretean in person.

    Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

    Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

    Chronicles one of the lesser-known stories of the Holocaust, that of the Kindertransport, which saved the lives of 10,000 Jewish children. 122 mins.

    Followed by a panel discussion with writer-director Mark Jonathan Harris, producer Deborah Oppenheimer and editor Kate Amend.

  • Monday, November 9

    Thoth (2001)


    In New York’s Central Park, the iconoclastic performer Thoth presents original one-man operas in an unknown language, accompanied by his exuberant violin playing. 40 mins.

    Producer Lynn Appelle in person.

    Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

    Murder on a Sunday Morning

    A 15-year-old African-American is accused of murdering a woman in Florida, but his lawyer reopens the investigation and finds some crucial evidence to support his client’s innocence. 111 mins.

  • Monday, November 16

    Twin Towers (2002)

    John Vigiano

    An elite NYPD emergency response unit, on call for a variety of extreme situations, took a heavy blow on 9/11, including the loss of Joseph Vigiano, a talented officer who had roots in public service. 34 mins.

    Executive producer-co-director Robert David Port and producer Dan Sturman in person.

    Bowling for Columbine (2002)

    Bowling for Columbine

    Michael Moore explores gun culture and the roots of gun violence in the United States, and provides a personal examination of America’s culture of fear, bigotry and brutality. 120 mins.

  • Monday, November 23

    Chernobyl Heart (2003)

    Chernobyl Heart

    A film about the effects of radiation on the children of Belarus, traced through the country's hospitals, cancer centers, orphanages, and mental asylums. 39 mins.

    Producer-director Maryann DeLeo in person.

    The Fog of War (2003)

    Robert S. McNamara

    A penetrating look at former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, concentrating on his involvement in World War II, his controversial decisions during the Vietnam War, and his later years as president of the World Bank. 105 mins.

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