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SFMOMA Presents Wide Lens: Oscar Documentaries

Release date: January 18, 2007

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and California College of the Arts (CCA) copresent a series of Academy Award–nominated and –winning documentaries from the last 40 years. Curated by Rob Epstein, chair of graduate film at CCA, the series commences with a panel discussion on February 1; visit for details.

Wide Lens: Oscar Documentaries
February 1–25
Phyllis Wattis Theater

Taking Sides
Thursday, February 1, 8:30 p.m.
Nine from Little Rock (Charles Guggenheim, 1964, 21 min.)
Harlan County, U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple, 1976, 103 min.)
Barbara Kopple in attendance

Creative Visions
Sunday, February 4, 2:30 p.m.
Glas (Bert Haanstra, 1959, 11 min.)
My Architect* (Nathaniel Kahn, 2003, 116 min.)

Survival Instincts
Thursday, February 8, 8:30 p.m.
Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien (Jessica Yu, 1996, 35 min.)
Marjoe (Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan, 1972, 88 min.)

The Lines of Battle
Sunday, February 11, 2:30 p.m.
The Battle of Midway (John Ford for the U.S. Navy, 1942, 18 min.)
The Weather Underground (Sam Green, 2002, 92 min.)
The War Game (Peter Watkins, 1966, 48 min.)
Sam Green in attendance

San Francisco Stories
Thursday, February 15, 8:30 p.m.
Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter* (Deborah Hoffmann, 1994, 44 min.)
The Times of Harvey Milk (Rob Epstein and Richard Schmiechen, 1984, 87 min.)
Deborah Hoffmann and Rob Epstein in attendance

Global Prophecy
Sunday, February 18, 2:30 p.m.
Sewing Woman* (Arthur Dong, 1983, 14 min.)
Darwin's Nightmare* (Hubert Sauper, 2005, 107 min.)

Bearing Witness
Thursday, February 22, 8:30 p.m.
Interviews with My Lai Veterans (Joseph Strick, 1970, 20 min.)
Hearts and Minds (Peter Davis, 1974, 112 min.)

That Was Then
Sunday, February 25, 2:30 p.m.
Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh and Bob Maurice, 1970, 185 min.)

*Academy Award nominee

Tickets: $7 general; $5 SFMOMA and AMPAS members, students, and seniors; free for CCA students and AMPAS members on February 1. Does not include Museum admission. Sunday programs free with Museum admission. Program tickets are available at the Museum (no surcharge) or through (surcharge applies).

Media Contacts

  • Amber Whiteside, 415.357.4170,
  • Libby Garrison, 415.357.4177,
  • Robyn Wise, 415.357.4172,


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San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction,  through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.

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