Beverly Hills, CA — The Oscar®-winning documentaries of 1965 and 1966 will screen on Monday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater as the next installment of “Oscar’s Docs, Part Two: Academy Award®-Winning Documentaries 1961 - 1976.” The 11-week series showcases the short and feature-length documentaries honored each year by the Academy.
To Be Alive! was commissioned by S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. for the 1964 New York World’s Fair and took home the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject the following year. The film was declared ineligible for awards consideration in 1964 because it existed only in a three-strip version, but S.C. Johnson, Francis Thompson and the MGM special effects department went on to create a single-strip 70mm version, which did qualify To Be Alive! for the 1965 Academy Awards. A new 70mm print of the film, preserved by the Academy Film Archive from a 70mm Ultra-Panavision composite negative, will be screened courtesy of S.C. Johnson Wax & Co.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Story received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1965. Richard Kaplan’s film is a portrait of Mrs. Roosevelt in both her personal life and her public life, focusing on events that affected and encouraged her. A 35mm print of the film, preserved by the Academy Film Archive, will be screened courtesy of MGM/UA.
Julia Hammid, daughter of Alexander Hammid, the co-director of To Be Alive! and Kaplan, director of The Eleanor Roosevelt Story, will participate in a panel discussion as part of the evening.
The progress of three Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) workers in a poor African-American neighborhood in Atlanta is captured in A Year Towards Tomorrow. The film, which won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject in 1966, employs reenactments using real “VISTAs” and narration by Paul Newman to portray the experiences of volunteers in the first year of the program. A 35mm print of A Year Towards Tomorrow, courtesy of Sun Dial Films for the Office of Economic Opportunity, will be screened.
The War Game, which won the Oscar for Documentary Feature in 1966, is composed almost entirely of dramatizations. Based on the British government’s acknowledged preparedness plans, Peter Watkins‘ film simulates a Soviet missile attack and its aftermath in southeastern England during a limited nuclear war. A new 35mm print of the film will be screened courtesy of the BBC.
Passes for “Oscar’s Docs, Part Two: Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 1961-1976″ are available at a cost of $30 for the general public and $25 for Academy members and students with valid ID. Tickets for individual evenings of the series are available for $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID. Passes and tickets may be purchased by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 North Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.