Academy’s Contemporary Documentaries Series Examines Destructive Forces in Two C

 “Wild Ocean” and “Hurricane on the Bayou” will screen as the final installment of Part One of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m. at the California Science Center’s IMAX Theater in Exposition Park. Admission is free.

Shot on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast of South Africa, “Wild Ocean” immerses viewers in a sea teeming with dolphins, sharks and whales. The film, which was directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas and produced by Don Kempf, Steve Kempf and David Marks, explores economic and ecological factors increasingly impacting the coastal communities, as well as the local efforts to protect and preserve the area.

Initially, “Hurricane on the Bayou” was intended as a clarion call for wetlands preservation along the Louisiana coast. It changed, though, as two-time Academy Award®-nominated producer-director Greg MacGillivray shifted gears in post-production. After Hurricane Katrina, he returned to Louisiana to capture the devastation wrought on New Orleans. Submitted to the Academy in 2006, “Hurricane on the Bayou” is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep. MacGillivray will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

These screenings conclude Part One of the 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series, which showcases feature-length and short documentaries drawn primarily from the 2008 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year. Part Two will run from March through June of 2010.

The California Science Center is located in Exposition Park, at the corner of Figueroa Street and 39th Street in Los Angeles. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

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