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Friday, November 12, 2010

Academy News (AMPAS): "Contemporary Documentaries" Series

In Academy news this week, the AMPAS announced that it will be hosting the final installment of their “Contemporary Documentaries” Series on November 17th at the Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood. The 29th Annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series has been running influential documentaries, both full feature and short length, every Wednesday in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony. Documentaries selected for the series were those that were nominated, or considered for the 2009 Academy Awards. The final installment is comprised of the documentaries, “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” and “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

“The Last Truck: The Closing of a GM Plant” follows the aftermath caused by the shutting down of a General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio, through the eyes of the former employees. The documentary follows the disenfranchised workers for 6 months as they try to cope with the difficulties created by their loss of income. This Academy Award Nominated documentary was directed and produced by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert.

“Capitalism: A Love Story” was produced by Michael and Anne Moore and presents the viewer with the scope of influence that “corporate dominance” has over, not just Americans, but people worldwide.

The final installment of the AMPAS “Contemporary Documentaries” series will begin at 7:00pm at the Linwood Dunn Theatre on 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Admission is free and free parking is also available one block north of Fountain Avenue at the entrance to the theatre on the Homewood Avenue side. To receive more information concerning this event you can go to www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

John Bobst

Academy News (AMPAS): "Funny Girl" Monday Nights With Oscar Returns

In more Academy news, the “Monday Nights With Oscar” series returns to the Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International in New York city after being put on hold for most of the year due to renovations.  The AMPAS series will resume on November 15th with a showing of “Funny Girl,” starring Barbara Streisand.

“Funny Girl,” was released in 1968 and is based on a Broadway musical that debuted earlier that decade in 1964.  Along with Barbara Streisand the film also stars, Kay Brice, Walter Pidgeon, Lee Alan, and Omar Sharif.  William Wyler directed the film by screenplay writer Isobel Lennart.  Barbara Streisands performance as Fanny Brice in the movie earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress that year.  Kay Brice’s contributing performance in the movie also earned an Academy Award nomination and the film received 8 Academy Award nominations in total.

Admission to the screening of “Funny Girl” for the “Monday Nights With Oscar” series is 5 dollars a ticket to the general public and 3 dollars with a student ID or membership to the Academy.  Tickets may be purchased online, by mail, or at the box office.  The Lighthouse International theatre is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City.  The show will begin at 6:30 and there is no reserved seating available.  To obtain more information on the event please visit www.oscars.org and click on the events calendar, or you can call (212) 821-9251

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