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'If You Love This Planet': Oscar's Docs

If You Love This Planet by Terre Nash

Terre Nash's If You Love This Planet and John Zaritsky's Just Another Missing Kid are the two 1982 Oscar-winning documentaries screening on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater as the next installment of “Oscar's Docs, Part Three: Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 1977-1988.”

Documentary Short Subject winner If You Love This Planet follows Dr. Helen Caldicott as she traces the development of atomic weapons from the 1940s to the early 1980s. A subject matter that – both tragically and pathetically – remains as timely as ever.

Just Another Missing Kid by John ZaritskyIn the Documentary Feature winner Just Another Missing Kid, the family of Ottawa resident Eric Wilson hires a detective to look for the missing teen – who disappeared during a camping trip in the US – after the Canadian and U.S. police are unable to find him. The detective, however, does his job. (The film doesn't have a happy ending.)

“Oscar's Docs” is a comprehensive screening series of every short subject and feature to win the Academy Award for documentary filmmaking since the category was established in 1941.

Tickets to “Oscar's Docs” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.oscars.org, by mail, or at the Academy box office during regular business hours. Doors open at 6:30 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 additional information, visit www.oscars.org/events or call (310) 247-3600.

Photos: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Just Another Missing Kid), National Film Board of Canada (If You Love This Planet)

'Liberty in Restraint' screening

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Cinekink folks will screen Michael Ney's documentary feature Liberty in Restraints, about recently deceased sex fetishist [see Ney's comment below] Noel Graydon, at 7 p.m. at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in New York City.

Ney's Australian-made film is described as a “riveting documentary [that] introduces the mentors, muses and masochists who inspired Noel's artistic endeavors over the years, giving a glimpse into a world of S/M enthusiasts who approach their play 'like an advanced driving course in sex,' one where the initiated take carnal license to extreme limits.”

Graydon died of a heart attack this past July, after suffering an asthma attack while riding his push bike.

The Two Boots Pioneer Theater is located at 155 E. Third Street, at the corner of Avenue A.

More info, tickets and a preview trailer can be found at http://www.cinekink.com/pioneer/

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3 Comments to 'If You Love This Planet': Oscar's Docs

  1. B. Travers

    Two excellent documentaries. Everyone should get the chance to watch them.

  2. Andre

    Lisa,

    I'd suggest you contact the film's producers/distributors.

    If that info is not online, the Academy will probably have it.

  3. Lisa

    I am trying to find pictures and more information about Just another missing kid documentary.