Sunday, March 11, 2007

MOVIE & ART EVENTS IN LOS ANGELES


1. Exhibit of movie Posters. Posters honoring the 50-year anniversary of the inauguration of the Oscar® category for Best Foreign Language Film is currently in the Grand Lobby Gallery at the home of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® (AMPAS®) on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The exhibit, "From Amarcord to Z," featuring posters of Oscar winning foreign movies since 1956 will run through 15 April, and is presented by the Academy Foundation of the AMPAS.

The history of the award actually goes back to 1947, when the Academy recognized SCIUSCIÁ (Shoe Shine, Italy, directed by Vittorio De Sica) from war-scarred Italy, for offering “proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity.” The Academy presented seven more “special” or “honorary” foreign language film Oscars® before officially establishing the category in 1956, to be awarded for the first time in 1957. The first competitive Academy Award went to Italy for LA STRADA (The Road, 1956, directed by Frederico Fellini).

The exhibition, which has been assembled from the extensive poster collection of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, many of which are originals, includes the posters for both those Italian films. The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

2. Contemporary Documentaries Screening Series (Part II), 14 March – 6 June 2007

Presented by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The 25th annual Contemporary Documentaries series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2005 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year. This is Part II of the series. Part I was screened in December - November 2006. All films in the series screen on Wednesdays at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.

Docs Screenings in March:

Wednesday, March 14: MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, directed by Luc Jacquet, and GRIZZLY MAN, directed by Werner Herzog.

Wednesday, March 28: THE DEATH OF KEVIN CARTER: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club, directed by Dan Krauss, and KORDA VISION, directed by Héctor Cruz Sandoval.

For list of additional screenings, visit "2006-2007 Contemporary Documentaries".

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 North Vine Street, Hollywood. Free parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain). Admission is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For additional program information call (310) 247-3600.

General Information

Tickets for these, and other, Academy programs may be purchased by mail, at the Academy during normal business hours, or at the box office which opens one hour before the start of the event.

The Academy's main location is at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except most major holidays. For further information on all Academy events and exhibitions in Los Angeles, call (310) 247-3600, unless otherwise noted.

The Academy's New York office is located at 111 East 59th Street, New York, New York, closed most major holidays. For further information on all Academy events and exhibitions in New York, call (888) 778-7575, unless otherwise noted.

To purchase tickets by mail, please send your check or money order made to "Academy Foundation" to: Academy Foundation Programs Dept., 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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