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Press Release
August 5, 2009

National Archives Honors the 20th Anniversary of Charles Guggenheim’s The Johnstown Flood

Washington, DC…On Wednesday, September 23, at 7 p.m., the National Archives and The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives will present a screening and panel discussion of Charles Guggenheim’s 1990 Academy Award®-winning film The Johnstown Flood.

Charles Guggenheim accepted his third Oscar® in 1990 for The Johnstown Flood (Best Documentary Short Subject). The film expertly weaves archival photographs, narration, and historical re-creations to chronicle the catastrophic May 31, 1889, flood that killed 2,209 people. Following a screening of the 26-minute film, there will be a panel discussion featuring Grace Guggenheim, president of Guggenheim Productions, Inc., and executive producer of The Johnstown Flood; Richard Burkert, director of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association; Catherine Shields, the film’s editor; and Skip Sorelle, the film’s sound designer.

The screening is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, located at Constitution and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

For more information on National Archives programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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