Walls of Privacy, Politics Torn Down in Academy Doc Series

Beverly Hills, CA (April 8, 2011) - “Rabbit à la Berlin” and “We Live in Public” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.  Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

“Rabbit à la Berlin” is the story of an enormous colony of wild rabbits that took up residence between the parallel structures of the Berlin Wall for decades before the wall was torn down.  Directed by Bartek Konopka and produced by Anna Wydra, the film earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Short Subject. 

Created over ten years and culled from 5,000 hours of footage, “We Live in Public” documents the surveillance-heavy social experiments of Internet pioneer Josh Harris.  The film was directed by Ondi Timoner and produced by Timoner and Keirda Bahruth.  Timoner will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

The 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series continues through June 1, showcasing 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 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 filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.

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.

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