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Press Release
January 11, 2013

Free Pre-Screenings of 85th Academy Award® Nominees at the National Archives

Highlighting Four Categories February 20-24, 2013

Washington, DC…The National Archives will host free screenings of the 85th Academy Award® nominees in four categories - Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film - in its William G. McGowan Theater from Wednesday, February 20, through Sunday, February 24, 2013. This year marks the ninth consecutive year these screenings have been hosted by the National Archives.

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 Documentary Film at the National Archives, and the Foundation for the National Archives.

Once again, the Documentary Feature nominee screenings will be hosted by film critic Willie Waffle. Mr. Waffle appears regularly on DC50-TV and on over 30 radio stations across the country, including WMZQ-FM. He is the author of Back Shelf Beauties: Movies You Should Rent When the New Stuff is Gone, and, along with fellow critics Tim Gordon and Nell Minow, established the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association in 2002.

Seating for all screenings will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Free tickets will be distributed at the National Archives 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.

The William G. McGowan Theater is located in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. The public should use the Special Event entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

Screening Schedule (Subject to availability)

Documentary Feature Nominees

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. 
Searching for Sugar Man
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn
(85 minutes)

Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. 
The Gatekeepers
Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky, and Estelle Fialon
(97 minutes)

Friday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. 
How to Survive a Plague
David France and Howard Gertler
(110 minutes)

Saturday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. 
The Invisible War
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
(97 minutes)

Sunday, February 24, 4:00 p.m. 
5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
(90 minute)

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

Asad
Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
(17 minutes)

Buzkashi Boys
Sam French and Ariel Nasr
(30 minutes)

Curfew
Shawn Christensen
(20 minutes)

Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
(20 minutes)

Henry
Yan England
(21 minutes)

Total Running Time: 108 minutes.

Animated Short Film Nominees

Saturday, February 23, 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

Adam and Dog
Minkyu Lee
(16 minutes)

Fresh Guacamole
PES
(2 minutes)

Head over Heels
Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
(10 minutes)

Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
David Silverman
(5 minutes)

Paperman
John Kahrs
(7 minutes)

Total Running Time: 40 minutes.

Documentary Short Subject Nominees
Sunday, February 24, 11:00 a.m. 

Inocente
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
(40 minutes)

Kings Point
Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
(31 minutes)

Mondays at Racine
Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
(39 minutes)

Open Heart
Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
(39 minutes)

Redemption
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
(35 minutes)

Total Running Time: 184 minutes

Note: Screenings on Sunday, February 24, will conclude prior to 6:00 p.m. to allow attendees to return home to view the 85th Academy Awards live broadcast beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network.

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