Academy’s Contemporary Documentaries Series Paints Portraits of Two Artists

 “David McCullough: Painting with Words” and “GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts” will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough (Truman, John Adams), known for immersing himself in the lives of his subjects, turns that inquisitive eye on himself in “David McCullough: Painting with Words.” Directed by Mark Herzog and produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, this documentary provides an insightful, anecdotal look into McCullough’s life and career. Herzog will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

In “GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts,” composer Philip Glass grants audiences a rare glimpse into his working process and family life, as well as to his spiritual teachers and longtime collaborators. Shot on three continents over a period of 18 months, director Scott Hicks assembles a mosaic portrait of a surprising and complex artist. Hicks also produced the documentary along with Susanne Preissler.

The 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 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., except for the IMAX presentations on December 9. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

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 more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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