Academy Doc Series Spotlights Communities in Peril

Beverly Hills, CA (September 28, 2011) – The 2010 Oscar® nominees "Sun Come Up" and "Waste Land" will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series on Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Directed by Jennifer Redfearn, who produced the film with Tim Metzger, "Sun Come Up" tells the story of the 3,000 residents of the Carteret Islands who face hunger and relocation as the effects of global warming transform their South Pacific paradise. The film earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Short Subject.

"Waste Land" documents the lives of garbage pickers scavenge among the mountains of discarded materials in Brazil’s Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill. Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who uses trash to create his work, travels to the landfill to photograph the people whose livelihood is dependent on the things that others throw away. Directed by Lucy Walker and produced by Angus Aynsley and Hank Levine, the film earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Feature. Walker will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

The 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series continues through December 7, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2010 Academy Award®Â 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 presentation on December 7. 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 or call (310) 247-3600.

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