2010–2011 Contemporary Documentaries

A Survey of Outstanding Recent Work in the Documentary Field

Part One: September 22 to November 17

The 29th annual Contemporary Documentaries series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2009 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 screened at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The filmmakers were present at screenings whenever possible.

The films included in Part One of the series are “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province,” “The Cove,” “Valentino The Last Emperor,” “The September Issue,” “Garbage Dreams,” “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders,” “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner,” “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak,” “The Beaches of Agnès,” “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” and “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

Event Information

When
Wednesday evenings through November 17, at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Where
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
  • Wednesday, September 22, at 7 p.m.

    China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province

    China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province

    Directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

    Produced by Alpert, Peter Kwong, Michelle Mi, O’Neill, Ming Xia

    A look at the devastating aftermath of the 2008 earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 people, including many children crushed by school buildings. The film follows parents coming to terms with their loss and challenging government officials to explain the inadequate construction. Digital. 39 mins.

    Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject

    The Cove

    The Cove

    Directed by Louie Psihoyos

    Produced by Fisher Stevens, Paula DuPré Pesmen

    In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan, one of the most secretive and horrific crimes against nature occurs. A team of divers, activists, filmmakers and special effects experts stop at nothing to tell the world what is happening to the dolphins in “The Cove.” 35mm. 94 mins.

    Q&A with writer Mark Monroe.

    Academy Award winner: Documentary Feature

  • Wednesday, October 6, at 7 p.m.

    Valentino The Last Emperor

    Valentino

    Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

    Produced by Tyrnauer, Matt Kapp

    At the heart of this documentary, covering the final two years of designer Valentino Garavani’s career, is the enduring 50-year partnership of Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti. 35mm. 97 mins.

    Q&A with director-producer Matt Tyrnauer.

    The September Issue

    The September Issue

    Directed by R.J. Cutler

    Produced by Cutler, Eliza Hindmarch, Sadia Shepard

    Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for over 20 years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine…until now. 35mm. 90 mins.

  • Wednesday, October 13, at 7 p.m.

    Garbage Dreams

    Garbage Dreams

    Directed and produced by Mai Iskander

    “Garbage Dreams” follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade in one of the world’s largest garbage villages, located in Cairo. When they are suddenly faced with the globalization of their trade, each boy is forced to make choices that will impact his future and their community’s survival. 35mm. 79 mins.

    Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

    Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

    Directed by Mark N. Hopkins

    Produced by Hopkins, Naisola Grimwood, Daniel Holton-Roth

    Filmed in war-torn Liberia and Congo, the film follows four volunteer doctors as they confront the limits of humanitarian idealism in extreme conditions. Digital. 93 mins.

    Q & A with Executive Producer Mark Harris.

  • Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m.

    The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner

    The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner

    Directed by Daniel Junge

    Produced by Henry Ansbacher, Davis Coombe

    Former Washington Governor Booth Gardner’s last campaign is the most difficult of his career – convincing the voters of his state to legalize assisted suicide while fighting a personal battle against Parkinson’s disease. Digital. 38 mins.

    Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject

    Q&A with producer Henry Ansbacher.

    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

    Directed and produced by Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith

    In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. 35mm. 94 mins.

    Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature

    Q&A with directors and producers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.

  • Wednesday, November 3, at 7 p.m.

    Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak

    Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak

    Directed by Lance Bangs, Spike Jonze

    Produced by Perry Moore, Hunter Hill, Allison Sarofim, Vincent Landay

    Directors Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs capture a playful, intimate and poignant portrait of children’s writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. From early sketches to his most celebrated book, Where the Wild Things Are, the film reveals the provocative imagination that has spawned over fifty years of work. Digital. 39 mins.

    Introduction by actress Catherine Keener.

    The Beaches of Agnès

    Beaches of Agnes

    Directed and produced by Agnès Varda

    A reflection on art, life and the movies, this documentary is a richly cinematic self-portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of Varda’s husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the French New Wave. 35mm. 110 mins.

  • Wednesday, November 17, at 7 p.m.

    The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

    The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

    Directed and produced by Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

    “The Last Truck” tells the inside story of the last days of a General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio, as lived by the people who worked the line. For six emotional, tumultuous months, the documentary follows the workers as they grapple with the loss of their identity, income and friends. Digital. 40 mins.

    Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject

     

    Capitalism: A Love Story

    Capitalism: A Love Story

    Directed by Michael Moore

    Produced by Michael Moore, Anne Moore

    “Capitalism: A Love Story” tackles an issue Michael Moore has been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans – and the rest of the world. 35mm. 127 mins.

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