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Academy and MoMA Present Annual 'Oscar's Docs' Series, Features 50 Years of Oscar-Winning Feature and Short Documentaries

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 29, 2013 at 11:59AM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is again teaming with MoMA to present "Oscar's Docs, 1955-2002: American Stories" from February 2-14 in New York City. This annual collaboration highlights the Oscar-winning feature and short documentaries that explore culture and politics of the U.S.
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Sun., Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Common Threads brings the AIDS epidemic into sharp personal focus through the stories of five people memorialized on the NAMES Project's Memorial Quilt. 79 min.

Mon., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.
Marjoe (1972)
Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan. Marjoe is an extraordinarily charismatic young man making a living on the Christian revivalist circuit. His fiery antics in the name of the Lord are as much performance art as fire and brimstone preaching, and he's adept at getting the faithful to part with their money. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. 88 min.

Sat., Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
Women – for America, for the World (1986)
Vivienne Verdon-Roe. A portrait of 22 prominent American women and their commonsensical, compassionate call for an end to the nuclear arms race and a reassessment of national priorities. 30 min.

Days of Waiting (1990)
Steven Okazaki. Estelle Ishigo, one of the few Caucasians to be interned with 110,000 Japanese Americans in 1942, recorded the deprivations of the camp in her sketches and watercolors. 28 min.

Twin Towers (2002)
An elite NYPD emergency response unit, on call for a variety of extreme situations, took a heavy blow on 9/11, including the loss of Joseph Vigiano, a talented officer who had roots in public service. 34 min.

Sat., Feb. 9, 5 p.m.
The Great American Cowboy (1973)
Kieth Merrill. Focusing on two men competing for the sport's national championship, Merrill's film goes behind the scenes at the American Rodeo. 89 min.

Sun., Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.
The Horse with the Flying Tail (1960)
Larry Lansburgh. It's the story of one horse's journey to the big time. "Nautical" the golden palomino was born into poverty and put to work at a variety of jobs with no guarantee that he would be treated well. But the horse is a natural-born jumper, and fate finally steps in to give him a chance at competing in what he loves best: soaring over hurdles. 48 min.

The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (1978)
Ben Shedd. Chronicling Paul MacCready's historic invention, construction, and ultimately successful test of the first human-powered flying machine, Shedd's film captures the hard work, adventurous spirit, and creative thinking that went into making an impossible dream into a scientific reality. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. 27 min.

Mon., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.
The Panama Deception (1992)
Barbara Trent. The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama-the events that led us there, the excessive use of military force, the enormity of the death and destruction, and the devastating aftermath. 91 min.

Wed., Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Helen Keller in Her Story (1955)
Nancy Hamilton. Hamilton's film tells the story of the deaf and blind disabled-rights pioneer. Preserved by Academy Film Archive. Special thanks to the American Foundation for the Blind. 53 min.

Number Our Days (1976)
Lynne Littman. Number Our Days goes inside of a community of elderly Eastern European Jews living in Venice, California. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. 29 min.

Thurs., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
(See Sun., Feb. 3)

MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd Street. For ticket information, visit MoMA.org.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.