On Saturday, February 18 and Sunday February 19, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences presented “A Weekend with Oscar” which included a screening of Documentary Short Subject nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. The event took place in the Academy’s screening room at 111 East 59th Street in Manhattan. The program was produced by Patrick Harrison, East Coast Director of the Academy. Harrison pointed out that the event marked the eighth year that the Academy was presenting the shorts program. Following some introductory remarks, Harrison turned the program over to documentary filmmaker Michael Moore. Moore explained that he is the governor representing the documentary branch of the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy.
Moore gave a short introduction that was very insightful. He explained, “The short documentary filmmakers do this pretty much as an act of love. There is no money to be made in making a documentary short. Commercial movie theatres do not show them. Art houses do. Festivals do. It’s an art form that we at the Academy don’t want to lose.” Read the rest of this entry