Academy Contemporary Docs Series Examines Unseen Sides of Prison and Plantation Life

Beverly Hills, CA (November 13, 2008) — “La Corona (The Crown)” and “The Price of Sugar” will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, November 19, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.  Admission is free.

Set in Colombia, where beauty pageants are often the centerpiece of cultural festivals, “La Corona” reveals a pageant like no other.  This character-driven documentary follows four inmates as they compete for the crown in the annual beauty pageant held at the Bogotá women’s prison.  Directed and produced by Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega, “La Corona” earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Short Subject.  Vega will be present and take questions from the audience following the screening.

Directed by Bill Haney and produced by Eric Grunebaum and Haney, “The Price of Sugar” highlights the work of Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes Haiti’s sugarcane plantation workers to fight for their basic human rights.  This film, narrated by Paul Newman, raises key questions about the global marketplace – where goods are produced, and at what human cost.

Part One of the 27th annual Contemporary Documentaries series continues through December 3, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2007 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year. Part Two unspools from March through June of 2009.

All films, with the exception of those scheduled for December 3, will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  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 or call (310) 247-3600.

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Natalie Kojen
(310) 247-3090

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