Free Screenings of 82nd Academy Award® Nominees at the National Archives
Press Release · Thursday, February 4, 2010

Washington, DC

Highlighting Four Categories March 3-7, 2010

The National Archives will present free screenings of the 82nd 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, March 3, through Sunday, March 7, 2010. This year marks the sixth consecutive year these screenings have been presented by the National Archives.

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.

This year, 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 print availability)

Documentary Feature Nominees, March 3-7

Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
Food, Inc.
Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
(94 minutes, rated PG-13)

Thursday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
(92 minutes, unrated)

Friday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.
The Cove
Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens
(92 minutes, rated PG-13)

Saturday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.
Burma VJ
Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
(84 minutes, unrated)

Sunday, March 7, 4:30 p.m.
Which Way Home
Rebecca Cammisa
(90 minutes, unrated)

Live Action Short Film Nominees, Saturday, March 6, noon

The Door
Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
Instead of Abracadabra
Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
Gregg Helvey
Miracle Fish
Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
The New Tenants
Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Total Running time: 95 minutes.

Animated Short Film Nominees, Saturday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.

French Roast
Fabrice O. Joubert
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
Javier Recio Gracia
Nicolas Schmerkin
A Matter of Loaf and Death
Nick Park

Total Running Time: 68 minutes.

Documentary Short Subject Nominees, Sunday, March 7, noon

China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Music by Prudence
Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
Rabbit à la Berlin
Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Total Running Time: 199 minutes (with a brief intermission).

Note: Screenings on Sunday, March 7, will conclude prior to 8 p.m. to allow attendees to return home to view the 82nd Academy Awards® live broadcast on the ABC Television Network.

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