Academy Docs Paint Personal Portraits of Eccentric Genius

Beverly Hills, CA (May 9, 2012) – "Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould" and "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series on Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Directed by Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont, who also produced the film, "Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould" explores the life of celebrated Canadian pianist Glenn Gould through his work and extensive interviews with both Gould and his closest friends. With a lively intelligence, a passion for privacy, and an often difficult personality, Gould became an international star who was known as much for his eccentricities as for his brilliant musicianship.

In "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe," directors Emily and Sarah Kunstler offer a portrait of their father, controversial defense attorney William Kunstler. From his days as an advocate for the civil rights movement to his later career defending a series of accused murderers and terrorists, Kunstler earned a reputation as a fearless and often flamboyant presence in the courtroom. Emily and Sarah Kunstler also produced the film with Jesse Moss and Susan Korda.

The 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series continues through May 30, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2010 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. 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.


Contact Information

Natalie Kojen
nkojen@oscars.org

 

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