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Politics Gets Personal at Academy’s Doc Series

Beverly Hills, CA – The 2009 Academy Award nominees “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” and “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” follows the former Washington governor’s last campaign – one of the most difficult of his career – as he tries to convince the voters of his state to legalize assisted suicide while he fights a personal battle with Parkinson’s disease. Directed by Daniel Junge and produced by Henry Ansbacher and Davis Coombe, the film earned an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Short Subject.

Directed and produced by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” recalls the story of Ellsberg, a Vietnam War strategist who in 1971 leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. The film earned an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Feature. Ehrlich and Goldsmith will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

The 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series continues through November 17, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2009 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year. All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford  Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit or call (310) 247-3600. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.