DocuDay 2012


IDA's all-day, back-to-back screenings of this year's
Oscar® nominated documentary films.


See the films! Meet the filmmakers!


DocuDay Los Angeles

Saturday, February 25

Writers Guild of America Theater
135 S. Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Complimentary Parking Info

Homegirl Cafe & CateringFood and refreshments
provided by Homegirl Café

(All concessions are cash only.)


Advance ticket sales have ended, but the event is NOT SOLD OUT.
Tickets will be sold ON SITE at the WGA Theater beginning at 8am.


DocuDay LA 2012 Screening Schedule

Question and Answers session to follow screening when filmmaker is available.

9:00 AM

Incident in New Baghdad

Incident in New Baghdad
22 min.
James Spione

This provocative documentary examines one of the most notorious incidents of the Iraq War-the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and a number of unarmed civilians by U.S. attack helicopters. It is recounted in the testimony of an American infantryman whose life was profoundly changed by his experiences on the scene.
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God is the Bigger Elvis

God is the Bigger Elvis
37 min.
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson

This documentary examines the life of actress Dolores Hart, best known for her roles opposite Elvis Presley and the teen romance Where the Boys Are, who decided to leave Hollywood and become a Benedictine nun in 1963.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
39 min.
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Survivors in the area hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. This film is a visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing process of Japan’s most beloved flower.
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11:30 AM

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
121 minutes
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

This documentary chronicles the 18-year odyssey of three teens incarcerated for a horrifying crime they maintain they did not commit. In the latest installment of this acclaimed documentary film series, facts are reexamined, new evidence is revealed, and new suspects are scrutinized. This film celebrates cinema's power to affect social change.
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2:15 PM

If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
105 min.
Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman

The remarkable story of the groups's rise and fall told through the transformation of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Part coming-of-age tale, part thriller, the film interweaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.
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4:15 PM

Hell and Back Again

Hell and Back Again
98 min.
Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner

From his embed with US Marines in Afghanistan, Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban bullet has on the life of Sergeant Nathan Harris. The film transitions from war to one man’s struggle at home, where Harris confronts the difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with his wife's support.
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6:15 PM

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
26 min.
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin

Mr. James Armstrong is a rank-and-file "Foot Soldier" and a proud proprietor of Armstrong’s Barbershop, a cultural and political hub in Birmingham, Alabama, since 1955. On the eve of the election of the first African-American president, Mr. Armstrong sees his unimaginable dream come true.
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Saving Face

Saving Face
40 min.
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Every year hundreds of people, mostly women, are attacked with acid in Pakistan. This film follows several of these survivors, their fight for justice, and a London-based reconstructive surgeon who has returned to his homeland of Pakistan to help them restore their faces and their lives.
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8:00 PM

PINA

Pina
106 min.
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel

Pina is feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique art of the great German choreographer who died in 2009. Wenders takes the audience on a sensual journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary ensemble.
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10:25 PM

Undefeated

Undefeated
110 min.
T.J. Martin, Dan Lindsay, and Rich Middlemas

Set in the inner-city of Memphis, Undefeated chronicles the Manassas Tigers' 2009 football season as they strive to win the first playoff game in the high school's 110-year history. This coming-of-age documentary provides audiences an intimate view of underprivileged teens and their inspirational coach attempting to make history.
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DocuDay New York

Saturday, Feb. 25 & Sunday, Feb. 26

The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Free for IDA Members

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Meet the Filmmakers Nominated for
the Academy Award, Documentary Short

Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 pm ET

The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

$15 General Admission
$10 IDA Members

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