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Press Release
February 1, 2008

Free Screenings of 80th Academy Award® Nominees at the National Archives

Highlighting Four Categories, February 20-24, 2008

Washington, DC…The National Archives will host the fourth annual free screenings of the 80th 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 20, through Sunday, February 24, 2008.

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. Last October, the Academy Film Archive restoration of William Wyler’s epic 1958 western The Big Country was presented. A Century Ago: Films of 1907, a program of vintage film from the early days of cinema is planned for April 2008.

At each screening, the audience will be welcomed by a distinguished member of the Washington DC film community including Grace Guggenheim, President of Guggenheim Productions, Inc.; Aviva Kempner (The Partisans of Vilna and The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg); and Flo Stone, Artistic Director and Founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol.

In a related program beginning February 14, National Geographic will present the five films nominated in the Foreign Language Film category. Screenings will be held in the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium at the organization’s headquarters building. Visit www.nglive.org for more information.

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 Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Free tickets will be distributed (at the 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.

Screening Schedule (Subject to print availability)

Documentary Feature Nominees

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.
Sicko (Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company)
A Dog Eat Dog Films Production
Michael Moore and Meghan O’Hara
(123 minutes)

Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.
Taxi to the Dark Side (THINKFilm)
An X-Ray Production
Alex Gibney and Eva Orner
(106 minutes)

Friday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (The Documentary Group)
A Documentary Group Production
Richard E. Robbins
(81 minutes)

Saturday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
No End in Sight (Magnolia Pictures)
A Representational Pictures Production
Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
(102 minutes)

Sunday, February 24, 4:00 p.m.
War/Dance (THINKFilm)
A Shine Global and Fine Films Production
Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine
(105 minutes)

Live Action Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 23, noon.

At Night
A Zentropa Entertainments 10 Production
Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth
Il Supplente (The Substitute) (Sky Cinema Italia)
A Frame by Frame Italia Production
Andrea Jublin
Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets) (Premium Films)
A Karé Production
Philippe Pollet-Villard
Tanghi Argentini (Premium Films)
An Another Dimension of an Idea Production
Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans
The Tonto Woman
A Knucklehead, Little Mo and Rose Hackney Barber Production
Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown

Total Running time: 134 minutes.

Animated Short Film Nominees
Saturday, February 23, 3:30 p.m.

I Met the Walrus
A Kids & Explosions Production
Josh Raskin
Madame Tutli-Putli (National Film Board of Canada)
A National Film Board of Canada Production
Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
Même Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven) (Premium Films)
A BUF Compagnie Production
Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse
My Love (Moya Lyubov) (Channel One Russia)
A Dago-Film Studio, Channel One Russia and Dentsu Tec Production
Alexander Petrov
Peter & the Wolf (BreakThru Films)
A BreakThru Films/Se-ma-for Studios Production
Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman

Total Running Time: 86 minutes.

Documentary Short Subject Nominees
Sunday, February 24, noon.

Freeheld
A Lieutenant Films Production
Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth
La Corona (The Crown)
A Runaway Films and Vega Films Production
Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega
Salim Baba
A Ropa Vieja Films and Paradox Smoke Production
Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello
Sari’s Mother (Cinema Guild)
A Daylight Factory Production
James Longley

Total Running Time: 116 minutes.

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. Charles Guggenheim’s Oscar for the 1964 film, Nine From Little Rock, one of four he was awarded during his career, is on permanent display outside the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater,

The Foundation for the National Archives
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, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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