Academy doc series kicks off 27th year

Sep 04, 2008 by Ian Evans

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Contemporary Documentaries screening series turns 27 this year and kicks off with Taxi to the Dark Side and No End in Sight on Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free. Filmmakers will be present at the screenings whenever possible.

The 27th annual Contemporary Documentaries series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2007 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year. The first part of the series comprises 14 films that will screen on Wednesday evenings through December 3. The series will resume in March 2009 and continue through June.

The Contemporary Documentaries screening schedule through 2008 is as follows:

  • September 24
    • Taxi to the Dark Side
    • No End in Sight
  • October 1
    • Autism: The Musical
    • War/Dance
  • October 15
    • Freeheld
    • For the Bible Tells Me So
  • October 22
    • The 11th Hour
    • Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
  • November 5
    • Nanking
    • White Light/Black Rain
  • November 19
    • La Corona (The Crown)
    • The Price of Sugar
  • December 3 At the IMAX Theater, California Science Center, Exposition Park
    • Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs
    • Dinosaurs Alive

All films, with the exception of those scheduled for December 3, will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved. Filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.

The December 3 screening will take place at the IMAX Theater at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. For directions and parking information, call (323) SCIENCE.

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.