Jack Black and Laura Kightlinger to Host International Documentary Association's Academy Award Celebration.
"We are privileged to have Jack Black and Laura Kightlinger to help us celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the nominees," says IDA Executive Director Sandra Ruch. "Only two of these films will receive an Oscar from the Academy, but all of them have earned our admiration and appreciation."
Films nominated in the documentary short category are ASYLUM (Sandy McLeod, Gini Reticker), CHERNOBYL HEART (Maryann DeLeo) and FERRY TALES (Katja Esson).
Black's performance in last year's box-office hit SCHOOL OF ROCK earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical/Comedy Motion Picture. His credits include SHALLOW HAL, ORANGE COUNTY, SAVING SILVERMAN, HIGH FIDELITY, BOB ROBERTS and JESUS' SON. Black stars opposite Ben Stiller in ENVY, due out in theaters in April. He has also finished the voice work for DreamWorks' animated feature SHARK TALE, currently set for release this fall. Black is also well known as the lead singer of the rock-folk comedy duo Tenacious D, which he created with friend Kyle Gass.
Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, 60 SPINS AROUND THE SUN, which won Best Documentary at the Empire Film Festival. Kightlinger garnered the Director Award at the Black Maria Film Festival and the International Festival of Cinema and Technology's Best New Director Award for the short film DEPENDABLE PEOPLE. Kightlinger is a consulting producer on WILL & GRACE where she also has a reoccurring role as Nurse Sheila. In addition to writing for WILL & GRACE, Kightlinger has also written for ROSEANNE, DENNIS MILLER LIVE, and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Her first book, "Quick Shots of False Hope" earned rave reviews in the "New York Times Book Review," and is being adapted for film.
Doors open for the IDA's 22nd Annual Celebration of the Academy Award Documentary Nominees at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for IDA/AMPAS members, seniors and students and $80 for general admission. Tickets and additional information are available at www.documentary.org.
The IDA and Sundance Channel will also host DocuDay on Saturday, February 28. DocuDay features screenings of the Oscar-nominated documentaries followed by discussions with the filmmakers. DocuDay begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Writers Guild of America Theater (135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills). Tickets are currently on sale at www.documentary.org. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first come basis. General admission is $10 per program or $45 for a full day pass. Tickets for students/seniors/IDA/WGA members are $8 per program or $35 for a full day pass.
Sundance Channel - Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between Robert Redford, Showtime Networks Inc., and Universal Studios. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences. Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundancechannel.com.
International Documentary Association - The IDA was founded in 1982 for the purpose of supporting and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in non-fiction filmmaking. The IDA is headquartered in Los Angeles. It has more than 2,700 members in some 50 countries. For more information about the IDA, visit www.documentary.org or call 213-534-3600.
Additional support for the 22nd Annual Celebration of the Academy Award Documentary Nominees and DocuDay is provided by IDA contributing sponsor Eastman Kodak Company and associate sponsor Cascade Pass, Inc.
(Oscar and Academy Award are registered trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. DocuDay is a trademark on the International Documentary Association.)