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Press Release
June 21, 2012

The National Archives Hosts Free Screening of 2012 Student Academy Awards® Gold Medal–Winning Films on June 27

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Washington, DC…On Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m., The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, in partnership with The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives, presents the Gold Medal–winning films of the 2012 Student Academy Awards®.

This program is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners (including Spike Lee, 1983, Dramatic Merit Award winner, and Robert Zemeckis 1975, Dramatic Special Jury Award winner) have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. In a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California on June 9, 2012, Gold Medals were awarded to the five student films that will be screened at the National Archives.

The program will be hosted by syndicated film critic Willie Waffle. Mr. Waffle appears regularly on DC50-TV and on over 30 radio stations across the country, including WMZQ-FM. Gold Medal Winner in the Documentary category for her film, Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment, Keiko Wright, will join Mr. Waffle onstage following the screenings for a brief discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Screening Program
(Please note that some films may not be appropriate for general audiences.)

Alternative:
The Reality Clock (7 minutes)
Amanda Tasse, University of Southern California

Animation:
Eyrie (4 minutes)
David Wolter, California Institute of the Arts

Documentary:
Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment (29 minutes)
Keiko Wright, New York University

Narrative:
Under (23 minutes)
Mark Raso, Columbia University

Foreign:
For Elsie (23 minutes)
David Winstone, University of Westminster (United Kingdom)

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is fully accessible. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of the program, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

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