July 7, 2011

IDA Announces Films for 15th Annual DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase

TWENTY-FOUR FILMS TO BE SHOWN IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES
FROM AUGUST 12th – SEPTEMBER 8th IN OSCAR® QUALIFYING RUN

LOS ANGELES, July 6, 2011 —A Marine Corps cover-up of one of the worst water contamination incidents in US history, the glaring reality of the media’s objectification of women, as well as portraits of assassinated journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the man behind Elmo are all part of the lineup of outstanding films that will be presented in the International Documentary Association’s 15th Annual DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase.

Screening from August 12th through September 1st in New York at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street) and August 19th through September 8th at the Laemmle Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Blvd.), the 2011 edition of DocuWeeks™ will present seventeen feature films and seven shorts from sixteen different countries in theatrical runs designed to qualify the films for consideration for The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ annual Oscar® Awards – and give documentary fans a chance to catch some of the best documentary films of the year.

“With every film playing for a full week, DocuWeeks™ gives movie-goers in Los Angeles and New York City multiple opportunities to see a great lineup of new documentary films,” says IDA Executive Director Michael Lumpkin. “After playing some of the world’s major film festivals such as Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, Hotdocs, Sheffield and Los Angeles, some of today’s most talked about docs will now reach theatrical audiences on both coasts.”

The 15th Annual DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase is presented by the International Documentary Association with the support of presenting sponsors Current and AT&T U-verse; as well as HBO Documentary Films, FotoKem, NBCUniversal Archives, Chainsaw, Consulate of Canada, Menage a Trois Wines, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Standard Hotel, Stella Artois, FilmFest App, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Nation.

Features appearing in this year’s DocuWeeks™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase are: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, Better This World, A Bitter Taste of Freedom, The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan, The Carrier, Darwin, Dying To Do Letterman, Hell and Back Again, The Mexican Suitcase, Miss Representation, Phnom Penh Lullaby, The Power of Two, Semper Fi; Always Faithful, SOS – State of Security, The Tiniest Place (El Lugar Mas Pequeno)To Be Heard, Unfinished Spaces

DocuWeeks™ will also present seven documentary short films including: The Barber of Birmingham, The Home Front, Library of Dust, Maya Deren’s Sink, Poetry of Resilience, Sand, Sun City Picture House.

Tickets for individual films at the Laemmle Sunset 5 are $11.00 for general admission, $8.00 for IDA members, and $8.00 for seniors and children.

Tickets for individual films at the IFC Center are $13.00 for general admission, $8.00 for IDA members and $9.00 for seniors and children. Tickets can be purchased at the respective box offices, or through www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011 beginning July 15, 2011.

A complete schedule and additional information about each film can be found on the International Documentary Association’s website at http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011.

Since its premiere in 1997 DocuWeeks™ has qualified over 161 short and feature length films for Oscar consideration and yielded 17 nominations and 7 winners. Documentaries presented in past DocuWeeks™ programs include Oscar® winners Smile Pinki (2008), Taxi To The Dark Side (2007) and The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006), as well as Oscar® Nominees Wasteland (2010), Sun Come Up (2010) Killing in the Name (2010), Rabbit à la Berlin (2009),The Betrayal (2008), War/Dance (2007), Salim Baba (2007) and Sari’s Mother (2007).