Academy’s Contemporary Documentaries Series Takes to the Streets of South Central Los Angeles

Beverly Hills, CA (September 29, 2009) — “The Garden” and “Crips and Bloods: Made in America” will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

In “The Garden,” the South Central Farmers square off against a wealthy developer to preserve the community garden they created in response to the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Directed and produced by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, “The Garden” earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Feature. Kennedy will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

Narrated by Forest Whitaker, “Crips and Bloods: Made in America” traces the origins, rise and decades-long feud of two Los Angeles gangs, and gives viewers unprecedented access into a little understood world. Current and former gang members offer street-level testimony that paints a stark portrait of life in South Central Los Angeles. The film was directed by Stacy Peralta and produced by Baron Davis, Dan Halsted, Peralta, and Jesse Dylan.

The 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.

All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., except for the IMAX presentations on December 9. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible. 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 more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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Natalie Kojen
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