Ed. Note: “Sentinels of Silence” (1971): Color. 18 minutes. Directed by Robert Amram. Narrated by Orson Welles. Note: Offering breathtaking aerial views of the ruins of ancient Mexican civilizations, this is the only short film to win Academy Awards in two categories in the same year. After "Sentinels of Silence" grabbed two Oscars in 1972 the rules were changed to prevent the same thing from happening again.
In the way of local trivia, on May 22, 1972, a little over a month after its dual-Oscar-win, this stunningly beautiful short film had its Richmond premiere at the Biograph Theatre.