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Charlie Clements - Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements

The Oscar-winning documentaries Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements (above), Broken Rainbow and Women – for America, for the World will be screened on Monday, November 5, 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.”

In the 1985 Documentary Short Subject winner, Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements, decorated Vietnam War pilot Charlie Clements gives up his military career to devote himself to healing and non-violent solutions in war-torn El Salvador. Director Deborah Shaffer and Dr. Charlie Clements will take part in a post-screening discussion.

Broken Rainbow by Victoria Mudd

Producer Maria Florio and producer-director Victoria Mudd will be on hand to discuss Broken Rainbow, the 1985 Documentary Feature winner, which, as per the Academy's press release, presents a “scathing indictment” of the treatment of Native Americans during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Women - for America, for the World by Vivienne Verdon-Roe

The 1986 Documentary Short Subject winner, Women – for America, for the World, features “22 prominent American women sharing their practical, compassionate views on the need to end the arms race and reassess national priorities.” Among the interviewees are Joanne Woodward, Patricia Schroeder, Allene Cottier, Ellen Goodman, and Geraldine Ferraro. Producer-director Vivienne Verdon-Roe will take part in a post-screening discussion.

“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.

The retrospective will present the best available prints, often featuring newly struck or restored editions from the documentary collection of the Academy Film Archive. The series will continue each Monday evening through November 19 and will be complemented on many nights by onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

Tickets to “Oscar's Docs” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. 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: Courtesy of Skylight Pictures (Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements), Earthworks Films (Broken Rainbow), Educational Film and Video Project (Women - for America, for the World)

Edna Purviance Walk of Fame petition

“It is not an easy task with so many stars nominated each year. The cost is also high at $15,000 for a star on the Walk of Fame. But names need to be gathered to show interest in the project, as well.”

The above quote was taken from ednapurviance.org, a site dedicated to, well, Edna Purviance.

On the site, there's a petition requesting the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to grant Edna Purviance a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sure, why not, you say – but who is Edna Purviance (pronounced pur-VEYE-ance)?

Edna Purviance was Charles Chaplin's leading lady in numerous shorts, and his star in A Woman of Paris, a 1923 drama he directed. Purviance is, in fact, quite good in the film, in which she plays a sweet young thing who ends up as the mistress of a wealthy Parisian.

Nadine Labaki Caramel'Caramel' with Nadine Labaki.

Nadine Labaki 'Caramel': AFI FEST 2007 highlights

Los Angeles' AFI FEST 2007 is currently being held at the ArcLight Theater complex in Hollywood. Saturday, November 3, highlights include Nadine Labaki's romantic comedy Caramel, Noah Baumbach's dysfunctional family tale Margot at the Wedding, and Cristian Mungiu's Palme d'Or winner 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days. (Image: Nadine Labaki in Caramel.)

At 12:45 p.m., Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson is Mike Kaplan's documentary about the director of This Sporting Life (1963), which earned Academy Award nominations for Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts; If…. (1968), possibly the best movie ever made with a school setting; and O Lucky Man! (1973), starring a post-A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell. Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson's archival footage features the likes of Laurence Olivier, Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, and Alan Bates, among others.

'Caramel' movie, Cannes winner '4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days'

At 3:45 p.m., Caramel is Nadine Labaki's romantic comedy about five female Beirut denizens (including Labaki herself). Lebanon's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, Caramel has won both the Audience and the Youth awards at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival.

At 6:45 p.m., 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days is Cristian Mungiu's stark drama about a young woman trying to have an (illegal) abortion in Communist Romania. Mungiu's film won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

At 7 p.m., Margot at the Wedding is Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama about two sisters, one of whom is getting married. Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black star.

'The Band's Visit,' Wayne Wang's latest

At 7:15 p.m., The Band's Visit is Eran Kolirin's widely praised comedy-drama about a troupe of Egyptian musicians who find themselves stranded in a small Israeli town. The top winner at this year's Israeli Academy Awards, The Band's Visit was deemed ineligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar because more than 50 percent of its dialogue is in English.

At 10:45 p.m., A Thousand Years of Good Prayers is Wayne Wang's family drama about a Chinese widower's difficult relationship with his daughter living in the United States. Wayne's film won the Golden Shell at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival.

Nadine Labaki Caramel photo: AFI FEST.

AFI FEST 2007 - African Showcase

CLOUDS OVER CONAKRY (IL VA PLEUVOIR SUR CONAKRY) Cast: Alex Ogou, Moussa Keita, Tella Kpomahou DIR: Cheick Fantamady Camara PROD: Annabel Thomas Majama Camera. Guinea, France.

FARO – GODDESS OF THE WATERS (FARO – LA REINE DES EAUX) Cast: Sotigui Kouvate, Fili Traore, Michel Mpambara DIR: Salif Traore PROD: Philippe Quinsac, Daniel Morin, Barbel Mucch, Salif Traore, Ismael Oueadrog Mali, France, Canada, Germany, Burkina Faso.

NOSALTRES (Documentary) DIR: Moussa Toure. Senegal.

WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD (Documentary) DIR: Jamie Meltzer PROD: Cayce Lindner, Henry S. Rosenthal. USA, Nigeria.


         
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