DocuDay LA Tickets and All Day Passes on Sale!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Writers Guild Theater
135 S. Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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DocuDay LA takes place annually in celebration of the feature and short documentaries nominated for an Oscar®, with back to back screenings all day. Filmmaker Q&As follow each screening, filmmaker schedule permitting. Watch the most recognized documentaries of the year and meet the nominees!

Homegirl will be on site with pastries, salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverages, available at the concessions stand.

DocuDay LA Screening Schedule



Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky
114 min

In 2013, computer analyst Edward Snowden leaked classified documents he had obtained from the National Security Agency detailing the extent of government surveillance of U.S. citizens. After going into hiding to avoid extradition and arrest, Snowden himself became a news story that threatened to eclipse the implications of the information he had revealed. Q&A to follow the screening with subject Glenn Greenwald, moderated by IDA Board President Marjan Safinia. 


Shorts 1: White Earth, Our Curse, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

White Earth

J. Christian Jensen
20 min

Three children and an immigrant mother face a long and difficult winter in North Dakota, which has attracted many people seeking work during an oil boom.

Our Curse

Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki
27 min

A mother and father face the difficulties of caring for a baby who has been born with a life-threatening congenital breathing disorder known as Ondine's curse.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
40 min

Each month, the Veterans Crisis Line receives over 22,000 calls from military veterans, who account for 20% of all suicides in the U.S. each year.

Q&A to follow the program with J. Christian Jensen, Tomasz Śliwiński and Magda Hueckel, and Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry.


Finding Vivian Maier

John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
84 min

Throughout her life, photographer Vivian Maier worked as a nanny and kept her photographs hidden from the world. After acquiring thousands of her negatives in an auction, John Maloof set out to discover more about the enigmatic woman whose affinity for outsiders and the disenfranchised is reflected in her work. Q&A to follow the screening with director Charlie Siskel, moderated by Steve Greene of Criticwire.


Shorts 2: Joanna, The Reaper (La Parka)


Aneta Kopacz
40 min

As she faces a terminal illness, the mother of a young son writes a blog in which she tries to leave a record of what she hopes to teach him.

The Reaper (La Parka)

Gabriel Serra Arguello
29 min

For the past 25 years, Efrain has worked in a slaughterhouse, where he has developed an intimate relationship with both death and what one must sometimes do to live.

Q&A to follow with Aneta Kopacz, Tomasz Sredniawa, Michal Merczynski and Joanna Solecka, and Gabriel Serra, Carlos Correa Reynoso and Koki Ortega. Moderated by John Horn, host of KPCC's The Frame.


Last Days in Vietnam

Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
97 min

As the Vietnam War drew to a close, the U.S. government's refusal to acknowledge or plan for the approaching final days led to chaos in the last hours of Saigon's fall. As U.S. personnel and members of the South Vietnamese army were hurriedly evacuated, South Vietnamese citizens who had aided the losing side learned that they would be left behind. Q&A to follow with Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester, Mark Bailey and Mark Samels. Moderated by Caroline Libresco of the Sundance Institute.



Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
97 min

In eastern Congo, the World Heritage site Virunga National Park serves as the home and ostensible refuge for groups of endangered mountain gorillas. But years of civil war, poachers, tremendous instability in the region and the discovery of oil beneath the park have combined to threaten both the gorillas and the dedicated wildlife conservationists who fight to protect them. Q&A to follow with filmmakers Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara. Moderated by filmmaker AJ Schnack.


The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
109 min

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has traveled the world creating images of great visual beauty from captured moments of human hardship and suffering. Often working in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders, Salgado has turned his lens on many of the modern world's most desperate and forgotten inhabitants.