2016 Oscar Shorts Weekend
Thursday, February 25 – Saturday, February 27, 2016
The ever popular screening of Oscar Short entries in run-up to Sunday, 2/28 Oscar awards ceremony.
This year we are offering a special Saturday Night Double Feature of both the live action and animated shorts with a reception during intermission. Enjoy refreshments and conversation while casting ballots for your picks to win the Oscars! Ballots that correctly pick the winners will be entered to win a raffle for passes to our other film festivals!
Documentary Shorts – Two-Part Program
(Running Time: 87 minutes and 76 minutes, with 15-minute intermission
featuring complimentary locally-roasted coffee and cookies)
Body Team 12 – dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13 minutes
Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – dir. Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40 minutes
More than a 1000 women are killed in the name of ‘honor’ in Pakistan every year. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.
Last Day of Freedom – dirs. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman, USA, 32 minutes
When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision; should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day; veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.
15-minute intermission featuring complimentary locally-roasted coffee and cookies
Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes
Chau, a teenager growing up in a Vietnamese care center for children disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist.
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40 minutes
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah is a 2015 documentary short film exploring the life and work of French director Claude Lanzmann. The film was written, directed, and produced by British filmmaker and journalist Adam Benzine.
(Running Time: 86 minutes)
Sanjay’s Super Team – dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes
In Sanjay’s Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.
World of Tomorrow – dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes
A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future. Don Hertzfeldt is a two time Oscar®-nominated American independent filmmaker whose other animated films include It’s Such a Beautiful Day, The Meaning of Life, Billy’s Balloon, and Rejected.
Bear Story – dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 minutes
An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama. Gabriel Osorio majored in Fine Arts at Universidad de Chile. Later he specialized in 3D animation. Since 2008 he has been directing projects for children’s television. Bear Story is his first short film.
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes
Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream. Konstantin Bronzit was born in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR. He is a director and writer, known for Au bout du monde (1999), Lavatory Lovestory (2007) and Alyosha Popovich i Tugarin Zmey (2004).
Additional films: If I was God, The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse, The Loneliest Spotlight, Catch It
Prologue – dir. Richard Williams, UK, 6 minutes
Prologue describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation entirely animated by Richard Williams himself, who is best known for his work as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Important note: The final film in the program, Prologue, one of the five nominees, is not suitable for young children. A Parental Guidance warning will be shown prior to this short, so that parents may exit at this time. Other than Prologue, the rest of the program is acceptable for all ages.
Live Action Shorts
(Running Time: 107 minutes)
Ave Maria – dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes
The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns living in the West Bank wilderness is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath comes into effect.
Shok – dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes
The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war.
Everything Will Be OK – dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes
A divorced father picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right. So begins a fateful journey.
Stutterer – dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes
Apart from his aging father, Greenwood has only one connection to the external world in the form of an online relationship. Every night, often for hours at a time, he exchanges messages with Ellie. On the eve of their six-month anniversary, Ellie messages Greenwood and tells him that she has travelled to London to surprise him. She asks if he would like to take things “offline” and meet in person for the first time.
Day One – dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes
Inspired by a true story, Day One depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a US Army unit as it searches for a local terrorist. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 1:50 pm
Special Double Feature!!
Live Action and Animated Shorts
Make a full evening of it and see both the live action and animation programs, with a 30-minute reception during intermission!
Saturday, Feb. 27, 6:00 pm