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Press Release
January 5, 2007

Free Screenings of 79th Academy Award® Nominees at the National Archives

Highlighting Four Categories February 21-25, 2007

Washington, DC…The National Archives will host its third annual free screenings of Academy Award® nominees in four categories, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film at the William G. McGowan Theater from Wednesday, February 21, through Sunday, February 25. The National Archives Building in located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

The screenings are presented 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.

One of only two public East Coast screenings, the screenings will be introduced by distinguished members of the documentary film community including Grace Guggenheim, President of Guggenheim Productions, Inc.; Flo Stone, Artistic Director and Founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital; and Gerardine Wurzburg, Academy Award®–winning Director of Educating Peter (1992).

Reservations are not required. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free tickets will be distributed at the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW beginning 60 minutes prior to the start time. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. 

Please note that some films may not be appropriate for general audiences.

Schedule
Note: A complete schedule will be posted on Archives.gov following the nominations announcement on Tuesday, January 23, 2007.  Screenings are subject to print availability.

Documentary Feature Nominees
Wednesday, February 21, 7–9 p.m.
Thursday, February 22, 7–9 p.m.
Friday, February 23, 7–9 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, 7–9 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 4–6 p.m.

Live Action Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 24, noon–3 p.m.

Animated Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 24, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Documentary Short Subject Nominees
Sunday, February 25, noon–3 p.m.

The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives was established in 2004 in honor of four-time Oscar®- winner and past president of the Foundation for the National Archives Charles Guggenheim. The Center’s mission is to advance public understanding of the process, challenges, and social impact of documentary filmmaking and to promote the education of young people and professionals. The Center is both a living legacy of an internationally acclaimed producer and director and an extension of America's premier resource for documentary film research.

The Foundation for the National Archives is a non-profit organization committed to creating public awareness of the importance of the National Archives as a vital resource in the American democracy.  The Foundation was created in 1992 to support the Archivist of the United States in developing programs, technology, projects, and materials that introduce and interpret the Archives' collection for the American people and for people around the world.  The National Archives Experience is made possible by a public/private partnership between the National Archives and Records Administration and the Foundation for the National Archives, which is working as the private sector partner to support the creation of these new exhibitions and educational programs and resources. The Foundation is generating financial and creative support from individuals and corporations to provide this extensive outreach, which has not been mandated by Congress.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a professional honorary organization of over 6,000 motion picture professionals, was founded to advance the arts and sciences of motion pictures; foster cooperation among creative leaders for cultural, educational and technological progress; recognize outstanding achievements; cooperate on technical research and improvement of methods and equipment; provide a common forum and meeting ground for various branches and crafts; represent the viewpoint of actual creators of the motion picture; and foster educational activities between the professional community and the public-at-large.

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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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