Academy’s Contemporary Documentaries Series Gets Political

Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonAcademy’s Contemporary Documentaries Series Gets Political

Beverly Hills,(RUSHPRNEWS) CA — “An Unreasonable Man” and “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 26th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

Written and directed by Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan and produced by Kevin O’Donnell, “An Unreasonable Man” is the story of an obscure 32-year-old public interest lawyer named Ralph Nader who vaulted to national prominence in 1966 when he became the target of a private – and retaliatory – General Motors investigation. Today, this leader of the modern consumer movement is often identified as the man whose 2000 presidential campaign drew votes away from Al Gore and enabled George W. Bush’s victory. The film explores whether Nader is actually responsible for the election result. Skrovan will be present for a post-screening question and answer session.

“Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?” recounts the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary in which Jeff Smith, a 29-year-old part-time political science instructor at Washington University, was one of the candidates vying to replace retiring 28-year veteran and former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt. The film offers an unvarnished look inside one of 2004’s more surprising campaigns and asks if it is still possible for voters to elect a candidate who has not bought into the prevailing political establishment. The film is directed by Frank Popper and produced by Matt Coen, Mike Kime and Popper, who will take questions from the audience following the film.

The first part of the series comprises 13 feature-length and short documentaries that will screen on Wednesday evenings through November 28, and includes several of the 2006 Academy Award®-nominated films as well as other documentaries considered by the Academy that year. The series will resume in March 2008 and continue through June.
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 or call (310) 247-3600.
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