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Press Release
January 28, 2011

Free Pre-Screenings of 83rd Academy Award® Nominees at the National Archives

Highlighting Four Categories February 23-27, 2011

Washington, DC…The National Archives will host free screenings of the 83rd Academy Award® nominees in four categories - Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film - in its William G. McGowan Theater from Wednesday, February 23, through Sunday, February 27, 2011. This year marks the seventh consecutive year these screenings have been hosted by the National Archives.The National Archives is located just off the National Mall at Constitution Avenue, and 7th Street, NW.

The screenings are the first in a series of three programs presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives, and the Foundation for the National Archives.

Once again, the Documentary Feature nominee screenings will be hosted by film critic Willie Waffle. Mr. Waffle appears regularly on DC50-TV and on over 30 radio stations across the country, including WMZQ-FM. He is the author of Back Shelf Beauties: Movies You Should Rent When the New Stuff is Gone, and, along with fellow critics Tim Gordon and Nell Minow, established the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association in 2002.

Seating for all screenings will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Free tickets will be distributed at the National Archives Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue beginning 60 minutes prior to the start time. You must be present to receive a ticket. Theater doors will open 30 minutes prior to start time. The saving of seats is strictly prohibited.

The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Event entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

Screening Schedule (Subject to availability)

Documentary Feature Nominees

Wednesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Waste Land
Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
(98 minutes; unrated)

Thursday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Gasland
Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
(107 minutes; unrated)

Friday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.
Restrepo
Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
(93 minutes; rated R)

Saturday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Inside Job
Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
(108 minutes; rated PG-13)

Sunday, February 27, 4:00 p.m.
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Banksy and Jaime D’Cruz
(87 minutes; rated R)

Live Action Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 26, noon.

The Confession
Tanel Toom
(25 minutes; unrated)
The Crush
Michael Creagh
(15 minutes; unrated)
God of Love
Luke Matheny
(19 minutes; unrated)
Na Wewe
Ivan Goldschmidt
(19 minutes; unrated)
Wish 143
Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
(24 minutes; unrated)

Total Running time: 104 minutes.

Animated Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 26, 3:30 p.m.

Day & Night
Teddy Newton
(6 minutes; rated G)
The Gruffalo
Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
(27 minutes; unrated)
Let’s Pollute
Geefwee Boedoe
(7 minutes; unrated)
The Lost Thing
Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
(15 minutes; unrated)
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, A Journey Diary)
Bastien Dubois
(12 minutes; unrated)

Total Running Time: 69 minutes.

Documentary Short Subject Nominees
Sunday, February 27, at 11:30 a.m.

Killing in the Name
Nominees to be determined
(39 minutes; unrated)
Poster Girl
Nominees to be determined
(38 minutes; unrated)
Strangers No More
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
40 minutes; unrated)
Sun Come Up
Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
(38 minutes; unrated)
The Warriors of Qiugang
Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
39 minutes; unrated)

Total Running Time: 196 minutes

Note: Screenings on Sunday, February 27 will conclude prior to 6:00 p.m. to allow attendees to return home to view the 83rd Academy Awards live broadcast on the ABC Television Network.

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For more information, the Press may contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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