Going full force into its 24th year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, will host its Contemporary Documentary Series starting Wednesday, Oct. 19 and stretching midway through December.

The series will feature 17 short and feature-length documentaries over its multi-month run. Included is the Academy Award-winning Born into Brothels, directed and produced by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, which will screen the first night of the series and centers around a group of underprivileged kids in Calcutta, India, who are given cameras and taught how to take pictures. Other highlights of this season’s series include When the Storm Came, directed and produced by Shilpi Gupta; Academy Award nominee The Story of the Weeping Camel, directed by Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni; Los Angeles, directed by Sarah Morris; Twist of Faith, directed by Kirby Dick; and Riding Giants, directed and produced by Dogtown and Z-Boys alum Stacy Peralta.

All screenings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 N. Vine St., in Hollywood. Parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue, one block north of Fountain. Price: All screenings in the series are free. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit ,a href="http://www.oscars.org">www.oscars.org.