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Academy's Contemporary Documentaries Series Gets Back To Nature

ACADEMY'S CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTARIES SERIES GETS BACK TO NATURE

Beverly Hills, CA - "Encounters at the End of the World" and "Flow" will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 28th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

"Encounters at the End of the World" examines the forces of human nature and Mother Nature, as they come head-to-head in Earth's most remote continent, Antarctica. Directed by Werner Herzog and produced by Henry Kaiser, "Encounters at the End of the World" earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Feature. Herzog will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

"Flow" explores the political, environmental and human rights crisis that is resulting from increased privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply.

Director Irena Salina's documentary identifies not only the culprits, but also the crusaders who are fighting for change. Salina and producer Steven Starr will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

The 28th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.

All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., except for the IMAX presentations on December 9. Filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards - in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners - the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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