Boxing Legends Ali and Tyson Profiled in Academy Doc Series' Final Bout

Beverly Hills, CA (May 23, 2011) - “Facing Ali” and “Tyson” will screen as the final installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.  Admission is free.

Directed by Pete McCormack and produced by Derik Murray, “Facing Ali” explores the career of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali through the memories of 10 fighters who faced him in the ring.  Now suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Ali himself is heard in the film through newsreel footage and past interviews. 

“Tyson” examines the life of former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in and out of the ring.  James Toback directed the film and produced it with Damon Bingham. 

Murray and Bingham will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening of their respective films.

The 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series is a showcase of feature-length and short documentaries selected from among the 2009 Academy Awards® nominees, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year. 

The Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood.  Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue).  Doors open at 6 p.m.  All seating is unreserved.  For additional information, visit or call (310) 247-3600.

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