National Archives 15th Annual Showcase of Academy Award®-Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects
Press Release · Thursday, January 31, 2019

Washington, DC

The National Archives will host free screenings of the 91st 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 20, 2019 through Sunday, February 24, 2019. A very limited number of seats are available for press, contact:

The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the National Archives Foundation.

Reservations for the screenings will open to the general public on Monday, February 4, 2019, at

Theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to start time. Walk-ins without reservations will be admitted 15 minutes prior to start time, depending on available seats. Please note that some films may not be appropriate for general audiences.

The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Events 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 20, 7 p.m.

Betsy West and Julie Cohen
(98 minutes, rated PG)

Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m.
Free Solo

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
(100 minutes, rated PG-13)

Friday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Of Fathers and Sons
Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert
(99 minutes, unrated)

Saturday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Hale County This Morning, This Evening

RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim
(76 minutes, unrated)

Sunday, February 24, 4 p.m.
Minding the Gap

Bing Liu and Diane Quon
(93 minutes, unrated)

Live Action Short Film Nominees

Saturday, February 23, noon    

Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon
Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset
Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado
Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Total Running Time: 105 minutes.


Animated Short Film Nominees

Saturday, February 23, 3:30 p.m.

Animal Behaviour
Alison Snowden and David Fine
Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
Late Afternoon
Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
One Small Step
Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
Trevor Jimenez

Total Running Time: 56 minutes

Documentary Short Subject Nominees

Sunday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.    

Black Sheep
Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn
End Game
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
A Night at the Garden
Marshall Curry
Period. End of Sentence.
Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Total Running Time: 140 minutes

Note: Screenings on Sunday, February 24, 2019 will conclude prior to 6:00 p.m. to allow attendees to return home to view the 91st Academy Awards live broadcast on the ABC Television Network (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).


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