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Academy Screens Joan Rivers and Eliot Spitzer Documentaries Tonight, 5/30


"Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" and "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" will screen as the final installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series tonight, May 30, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

Directed by Alex Gibney, "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" recounts the story of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who built his career as a crusading attorney general, leading investigations into the wrongdoings of the state’s powerful financial institutions. Spitzer’s subsequent downfall came when his name appeared on the client list of an infamous call girl ring during an investigation that may have been engineered by his political enemies. Producers Jedd and Todd Wider will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," directed by Ricki Stern and co-directed by Annie Sundberg, follows a year in the life of iconic comedian Joan Rivers, and emphasizes her struggle to keep her career thriving in a business driven by youth and beauty. Stern and Sundberg also produced the film with Seth Keal.

This screening concludes Part Two of the 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2010 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is unreserved. For additional information, visit or call (310) 247-3600.

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