The Documentary Channel, saluting outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking throughout March, will telecasting an Academy Award-winning or nominated documentary every day next month.
Documentary Channel's "Ocar's Picks" will showcase both short- and feature-length films from all seven decades the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has presented documentary Oscars.
Moreover, Docmentary Channel will telecast a special all-new episode of its first original series, DocTalk, focusing on this year's 82nd Academy Awards nominated documentaries on March. 26 at 9:15 p.m. (ET/PT), including segments on feature contenders The Cove and Food Inc.
ABC will televise the 82nd Academy Awards on March 7 at 8 p.m. (ET) from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Leading off Documentary Channel's Oscar's Picks on March 1 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT): If You Love This Planet, which captured the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subjects, in 1983 for filmmakers Edward Le Lorrain and Terre Nash. A tale about the potential medical and societal consequences of a nuclear war, it's one of six films making their debut in conjunction with the network's regular Monday "Primetime Premieres" programming slot.
The list of Monday network premieres also features Oscar winners Flamenco at 5:15 on March 8 and In the Shadow of the Stars on March 15, plus nominees The Colours of My Father on March 8, Hardwood on March 22 and Iraq in Fragments on March 29.
The other Oscar-winning docs Documentary Channel will air in March includes: Gravity is My Enemy (March 2); Battle of Midway (March 3); With The Marines At Tarawa (March 9); I'll Find a Way (March 17); Seeds of Destiny (March 18); Prelude to War (March 23); and Toward Independence (March 31).
"March is a very special month on The Documentary Channel. We are thrilled to be able to bring to our viewers this wonderful array of Academy Award winning and nominated documentaries created by some of the finest documentary filmmakers spanning seven decades.," said James Ackerman, president and CEO of The Documentary Channel, in a statement.
"There is a bounty of rarely seen, high-caliber documentaries that have won or been nominated for film's most prestigious honor -- the Academy Award -- and The Documentary Channel has always made it a priority to make more of them available to a mass television audience whenever possible," noted Tom Neff, The Documentary Channel founder, chief creative officer, Oscar-nominated filmmaker and A.M.P.A.S. member. "We are fortunate to be able to present viewers with 28 of these ‘Picks' during March, all in primetime, and we hope the opportunity enables many new viewers to enjoy these gems for the first time."
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