LOS ANGELES – The International Documentary Association announcedtheir Seventh Annual InFACT Theatrical Documentary Showcase will go ontour in an effort to further help filmmakers be eligible for Oscarconsideration, and promote commercial theater runs for the genre. Inaddition to its August 22-28 run at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood,InFACT will be shown in Del Mar, California; Little Rock, Arkansas;Austin, Texas; and Seattle, Washington.
“We have traditionally presented this Showcase in the Los Angelesarea to meet the Academy requirement that documentary films must beexhibited on theatrical screens for seven consecutive days in Manhattanor Los Angeles County,” says Sandra Ruch. “As of this year, Academyrules now also require a theatrical run in at least four additionalcities. We saw this as great opportunity to take this amazing Showcasearound the country. Not only are we helping deserving filmmakers meetOscar eligibility rules but we’re also encouraging the already growingpopularity of documentaries in theatrical cinemas.”
Since the inception of the IDA Showcase six years ago, 11 of thefilms featured, including last year’s hit Spellbound, have beennominated for Academy Awards®. Two films from the IDA’s Showcase,The Last Days and The Personals, took home Oscars.
After the completion of its Los Angeles run, the InFACT Showcasewill head south where it will appear at UltraStar Flower Hill Cinemas(2630 Via de la Valle) in Del Mar from September 8-11. The next stopwill be Little Rock, Arkansas where the Hot Springs DocumentaryInstitute will present the Showcase at the Market Street Cinemas (1521Merrill Drive) September 20-21. The tour continues with screenings atthe 2003 Austin Film Festival from October 9-16. The final stop will beSeattle where Cinema Seattle will present the InFACT Showcase at theLandmark Varsity Theater (4329 University Way N.E.) from November7-13.
The 2003 Showcase includes eight short films and 11 feature lengthdocumentaries.
The feature length documentaries are BEAH: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS,BREAKFAST WITH HUNTER, BUS 174, COSMIC AFRICA, Gabriel Orozco,Inheritance: A Fisherman’s Story, THE KIDNAPPING OF INGRID BETANCOURT,LIBERTY: 3 STORIES ABOUT LIFE & DEATH, SUNSET STORY and THE WILDPARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL.
The short films (40 minutes or less) are America’s Deadliest Storm:Galveston Island, 1900, AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP, BEYOND WORDS, ChernobylHeart, FERRY TALES, LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR, MILTON ROGOVIN: THE FORGOTTENONES, and OLIVIA’S PUZZLE.
The IDA is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles. Theorganization was founded in 1982 to promote and celebrate non-fictionfilmmakers. The IDA is dedicated to increasing public awareness andappreciation of the documentary genre. For more information about IDA’sInFACT Theatrical Documentary Showcase, visit www.documentary.org or call213-534-3600.