Free Pre-Screenings of 84th Academy Award® Nominees at the National Archives
Press Release · Thursday, January 26, 2012

Highlighting Four Categories February 22-26, 2012

Washington, DC…The National Archives will host free screenings of the 84th 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 22, through Sunday, February 26, 2012. This year marks the eighth consecutive year these screenings have been hosted 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.

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, D.C. 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 22, 7:00 p.m.
Hell and Back Again
Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
(88 minutes; unrated)

Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas
(113 minutes; unrated)

Friday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
(106 minutes; rated PG)
*Please note: Although submitted and nominated in 3-D; due to technical limitations we will present Pina in 2-D.

Saturday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
(105 minutes; unrated)

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m.
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
(85 minutes; unrated)

Live Action Short Film Nominees

Saturday, February 25, noon.

Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
(11 minutes; unrated)

Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
(24 minutes; unrated)

The Shore
Terry George and Oorlagh George
(30 minutes; unrated)

Time Freak
Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
(10 minutes; unrated)

Tuba Atlantic
Hallvar Witzø
(25 minutes; unrated)

Total Running time: 100 minutes.

Animated Short Film Nominees

Saturday, February 25, 3:30 p.m.

Patrick Doyon
(9 minutes; unrated)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
(15 minutes; unrated)

La Luna
Enrico Casarosa
(7 minutes; rated G)

A Morning Stroll
Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
(7 minutes; unrated)

Wild Life
Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
(14 minutes; unrated)

Total Running Time: 52 minutes.

Documentary Short Subject Nominees

Sunday, February 26, 11:30 a.m.
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
(25 minutes; unrated)

God Is the Bigger Elvis
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
(37 minutes; unrated)

Incident in New Baghdad
James Spione
(22 minutes; unrated)

Saving Face
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
(40 minutes; unrated)

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
(40 minutes; unrated)

Total Running Time: 164 minutes

Note: Screenings on Sunday, February 26 will conclude prior to 6:00 p.m. to allow attendees to return home to view the 84th 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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