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!

DocuDay LA

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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

Complimentary parking, drinks and snacks will be provided.

All-day and Individual Screening Tickets

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Doors Open/Check-In


Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Composed of intimate moments of a community in Alabama’s Black Belt, Hale County This Morning, This Evening offers an emotive impression of the Historic South. Daniel Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Quincy Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son. RaMell Ross' film trumpets the beauty of life and consequences of race, while existing as a testament to dreaming. (76 minutes)


Moderated discussion with Director RaMell Ross and Tim Cogshell, Film Critic on KPCC's FilmWeek



At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. (97 minutes)


Moderated discussion with Filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West, and Nina Totenberg, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent


Shorts Program 1: End Game & Period. End of Sentence

End Game: End Game weaves together the stories of two San Francisco Bay Area medical facilities working on the cutting edge of life and death. For most people, the words "hospice" and "palliative care" are code words for giving up, but this group of caregivers are dedicated to helping terminally ill patients and their loved ones face end of life decisions with grace. (40 minutes)

Period. End of Sentence: In a village outside Delhi, India, women lead a revolution. For generations, these women didn’t have access to pads. But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, they learn to manufacture their own pads. Their flight is partly enabled by high-school girls in California, who raised the initial money for the machine and created a non-profit called "The Pad Project." (26 minutes)


Moderated discussion with:

End Game: Filmmakers Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein

Period. End of Sentence: Director/Producer Rayka Zehtabchi and Producer Melissa Berton

Moderated by Tim Grierson, Senior U.S. Critic at Screen International


Free Solo

The Academy Award-nominated film FREE SOLO, from award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned filmmaker, photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, follows free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park … without a rope. (100 minutes)


Moderated discussion with Filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, and Tim Grierson, subjects Alex Honnold & Sanni McCandless, Senior U.S. Critic at Screen International


Shorts Program 2: Black Sheep, Lifeboat, A Night at the Garden

Black Sheep: Everything changed for Cornelius Walker when his mother, scared for her son’s safety, moved their family out of London. Cornelius suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by racists. Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. As the violence and racism continued, Cornelius struggled to marry his real identity with the one he'd acquired. (27 minutes)

Lifeboat: Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pull refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. LIFEBOAT puts a human face on one of the world’s greatest contemporary, global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way. (40 minutes)

A Night at the Garden: "In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York's Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism -- an event largely forgotten from American history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States." (7 minutes)


Moderated discussion with: 

Black Sheep: Director Ed Perkins, Producer Jonathan Chinn, Executive Producer Charlie Phillips, and Film Subject Cornelius Walker

Lifeboat: Director Skye Fitzgerald, Producer Bryn Mooser, Editor Dan Sadowsky and Composer Bill Campbell

A Night at the Garden: Director Marshall Curry

Moderated by Robert Abele, LA-based Film Critic


Minding the Gap

Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP, Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends’ turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. Liu weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood. (100 minutes)


Moderated discussion with Director Bing Liu, Producer Diane Quon, film subjects and Christy Lemire, and KPCC FilmWeek, Co-Host of the Breakfast All Day Podcast


Of Fathers and Sons

Talal Derki's Of Fathers and Sons takes him back to Syria where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. (99 minutes)


Moderated discussion with Director Talal Derki and Producers Tobias N. Siebert, Eva Kemme, Ansgar Frerich, Hans Robert Eisenhauer, and Simon Kilmurry, IDA Executive Director