Oscar’s Docs, Part Six
Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 2004–2009
This comprehensive screening series of every short subject and feature to win the Oscar for documentary filmmaking concluded in celebration of the Awards years 2004–2009. The retrospective 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 “Mighty Times: The Children’s March,” “Born into Brothels,” “A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin,” “March of the Penguins,” “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Freeheld,” “Taxi to the Dark Side,” “Smile Pinki,” “Man on Wire,” “Music by Prudence” and “The Cove.”
- Monday evenings, March 22 to May 3, at 7:30 p.m.
- Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Monday, March 22
Mighty Times: The Children’s March (2004)
Focuses on the thousands of black schoolchildren who deserted classrooms in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 2, 1963, touching off a week of mass demonstrations that shocked the nation. 40 mins.
Born into Brothels (2004)
Photographer Zana Briski helps children of prostitutes in Calcutta create their own photographs with point-and-shoot 35mm cameras. 83 mins.
Q&A with producer-director Zana Briski.
Monday, April 5
A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (2005)
On VE Day, Norman Corwin, the “poet laureate of radio drama,” presented his landmark broadcast, which electrified the nation. 40 mins.
Q&A with producer-director Eric Simonson and producer Corinne Marrinan.
March of the Penguins (2005)
This story of survival depicts the yearly journeys of the Emperor penguins in Antarctica, where they participate in a courtship that, if successful, will result in the creation of new life. 85 mins.
Featuring an onstage discussion with studio executives Mark Gill and Tracey Bing and composer Alex Wurman.
Monday, April 12
The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006)
Documents a year in the life of children who have lost their parents to AIDS in a region where traditional obligations to family and village collide with terror of the disease. 39 mins.
Featuring an onstage discussion with producer Thomas Lennon.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Al Gore discusses the science behind global warming, how it has affected our environment, the disastrous consequences of inaction, and what individuals can do to help. 100 mins.
Featuring an onstage discussion with co-producer Lesley Chilcott.
Monday, April 19
Dying of cancer, veteran New Jersey Detective Laurel Hester struggles with local elected officials to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. 40 mins.
Q&A with producer-director Cynthia Wade and producer Vanessa Roth.
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
An investigation into the homicide of an innocent taxi driver at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan exposes a Bush Administration policy of detention and interrogation that condones torture and the abrogation of human rights. 106 mins.
Q&A with producer Eva Orner.
Monday, April 26
Smile Pinki (2008)
A social worker in India travels from village to village gathering patients for a hospital that provides free surgery to thousands each year. 39 mins.
Q&A with producer-director Megan Mylan.
Man on Wire (2008)
On August 7, 1974, a 24-year-old French high-wire artist named Philippe Petit committed one of the most astonishing performance feats of the late 20th century by stringing a thin cable between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walking across. 94 mins.
Monday, May 3
Music by Prudence (2009)
A disabled Zimbabwean singer-songwriter offers a message of hope through her music. 35 mins.
The Cove (2009)
In a cove near the Japanese village of Taiji, a mass dolphin slaughter yields fraudulently labeled meat that finds its way into the lunches of schoolchildren. 94 mins.
Q&A with writer Mark Monroe