Beverly Hills, CA (RPRN) 5/27/2009Â â€” â€œSalim Baba,â€ â€œPlease Vote for Meâ€ and â€œMy Kid Could Paint Thatâ€ will screen as the final installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesâ€™ 27th annual â€œContemporary Documentariesâ€ series on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.
â€œSalim Babaâ€ recounts the story of 55-year-old Salim Muhammad, who since the age of 10, has made his living screening discarded film scraps for kids in North Kolkata, India, using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. Directed by Tim Sternberg and produced by Francisco Bello, Scott Mosier and Raja Dey, â€œSalim Babaâ€ earned an Academy AwardÂ® nomination for Documentary Short Subject.
â€œPlease Vote for Me,â€ directed by Weijun Chen and produced by Don Edkins, follows a third grade class in Wuhan, China, holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Chenâ€™s documentary is an inquiry into how democracy might be received if it ultimately came to China, and whether democracy is a universal value that reflects human nature.
â€œMy Kid Could Paint That,â€ directed and produced by Amir Bar-Lev, is a family drama that unfolds against a backdrop of media stardom, art-world excess and the ephemeral nature of truth. Its focus is four-year-old Marla Olmstead, who rocketed from total obscurity to international renown â€“ selling over $300,000 worth of abstract paintings before the family was accused of fraud. Bar-Lev will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.
The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or callÂ Â Â (3…Â .
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