“Oscar’s Docs” Fights On

Jessica Yu, Leon Gast and Taylor Hackford Will Participate in Post-screening Discussions

Beverly Hills, CA (November 10, 2008) — The 1996 Oscar®-winning documentaries “Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien” and “When We Were Kings” will screen on Monday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood as part of “Oscar’s Docs, Part Four: Academy Award®-Winning Documentaries 1988–1997.”

The documentary short subject “Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien,” explores the unique world of the paralyzed poet-journalist who lived for four decades in an iron lung. The screening will be followed by an onstage discussion with Oscar-winning producer-director Jessica Yu.

The documentary feature “When We Were Kings” will take audiences back to the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle,” one of the most famous boxing matches in history, in which Muhammad Ali and George Foreman met in Zaire to compete for the title of heavyweight champion. Academy Award-winning producer-director-editor Leon Gast and producer-editor Taylor Hackford will participate in a post-screening discussion.

“Oscar’s Docs” is a comprehensive screening series of every short subject and feature to win the Academy Award for documentary filmmaking since the category was established in 1941.

The retrospective features the best available prints – often newly struck or restored editions from the documentary collection of the Academy Film Archive.

Tickets to each “Oscar’s Docs” screenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.

Tickets are available for purchase by mail, online at www.oscars.org, or in person at the Academy box office at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard during regular business hours. Doors open one hour prior to the start of the event. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue).

For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

Photo of Jessica Yu receiving an Academy Award at the 1996 (69th) Academy Awards ceremony.

Jessica Yu at the 1996 (69th) Academy Awards ceremony.

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Teni Melidonian
(310) 247-3090

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