Film Series

February 01 - February 25, 2007
Wide Lens: Oscar Documentaries

At multiple locations

SFMOMA, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and California College of the Arts 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 documentary film in public culture.

Thursdays: $7 general; $5 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Does not include Museum admission.
Sundays: Free with Museum admission.

Film at SFMOMA is generously supported the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and by Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.


Taking Sides
Nine from Little Rock, Charles Guggenheim, 1964, 21 min.
Harlan County, U.S.A., Barbara Kopple, 1976, 103 min.
Barbara Kopple in attendance

Go behind the scenes of two pivotal civil rights struggles in the American South. Guggenheim revisits the African American students at the center of the 1957 effort to integrate…

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Creative Visions

Glas, Bert Haanstra, 1959, 11 min.
My Architect, Nathaniel Kahn, 2003, 116 min.

Explore the artistry of glassmaking and architecture through very personal lenses. Haanstra looks at mechanized and artisanal glass manufacturing processes in his native Holland,…

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Survival Instincts

Breathing Lessons, Jessica Yu, 1996, 35 min.
Marjoe, Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan, 1972, 88 min.

This program offers a riveting look at two compelling personalities: Berkeley-based poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, who is largely confined to an iron lung, and former traveling…

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The Lines of Battle
The Battle of Midway, John Ford for the U.S. Navy, 1942, 18 min.
The War Game, Peter Watkins, 1966, 48 min.
The Weather Underground, Sam Green, 2002, 92 min.

Ford melds documentary footage and polished narration for a groundbreaking depiction of World War II, the BBC-produced docudrama The War Game imagines the impact of a nuclear…

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San Francisco Stories

Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, Deborah Hoffmann, 1994, 44 min.
The Times of Harvey Milk, Rob Epstein, produced by Richard Schmiechen, 1984, 87 min.
Rob Epstein and Deborah Hoffmann in attendance

Bay area filmmakers Hoffman and Epstein offer poignant portrayals of a mother's battle with Alzheimer's and a beloved gay politician's rise and assassination.

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Global Prophecy

Sewing Woman, Arthur Dong, 1983, 14 min.
Darwin's Nightmare, Hubert Sauper, 2005, 107 min.

Dong traces his mother's arduous path from arranged marriage in China to 30 years as a garment worker in San Francisco's Chinatown, while Sauper looks at how capitalism is usurping…

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Bearing Witness

Interviews with My Lai Veterans, Joseph Strick, 1970, 20 min.
Hearts and Minds, Peter Davis, 1974, 112 min.

Strick and Davis offer intimate perspectives on the Vietnam War by training their cameras on soldiers who participated in the My Lai massacre and a diverse selection of American…

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That Was Then
Woodstock, Michael Wadleigh, produced by Bob Maurice, 1970, 185 min.

This film presents a comprehensive look inside the famous Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Bethel, New York, including logistical challenges, performance highlights, and the…

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