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Oscar Shorts Weekend

March 1-3, 2018

Our ever popular screening of Oscar-nominated documentary, live action, and animated short films in the run-up to the Sunday, March 4 Oscar awards ceremony!

Back by popular demand, a Saturday Night Double Feature will screen both the animated and live action shorts with a reception during intermission. Complimentary refreshments will be served during the documentary shorts intermission on Thursday and Friday.

As in years past, we invite you to cast ballots for your picks to win the Oscars. Ballots that correctly pick the winners will be entered in a raffle to win passes to the Trenton Film Festival, March 22-25, 2018.

Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts

(Total running time: Part 1 – 102 minutes, Part 2 – 82 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. Appropriate for ages 17 and older.)

Thursday, March 1, 6:30 pm (Parts 1 & 2) – BUY TICKETS
Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm (Parts 1 & 2) – BUY TICKETS

Traffic Stop
(dir. Kate Davis, US, 31min)
In June 2015, a 26-year-old African-American elementary school teacher named Breaion King was pulled over by a white police officer for a routine traffic stop. The incident escalated into a violent arrest, followed by a conversation about race in America between King and another white officer while he drove her to the station.

Edith+Eddie
(dir. Laura Checkoway, US, 29min)
Edith and Eddie, at ages 96 and 95, became America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
(dir. Frank Stiefel, US, 40min)
Artist Mindy Alper has spent almost all of her 56 years combating severe depression and anxiety, using medication, electroconvulsive therapy and psychiatry to help her. Art has always been her most effective outlet, with drawing and sculpture offering her the tools to give voice to her fears and mental battles.

Intermission

Heroin(e)
(dir. Elaine McMillion Sheldon, US, 39min)
Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, WV has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, we see a different side of the fight against drugs — one of hope, as three women working to change the town’s narrative one person at a time.

Knife Skills
(dir. Thomas Lennon, US, 40min)
Over 650,000 people are released from prison every year. Knife Skills follows the launch of Edwins, an haute cuisine French restaurant in Cleveland staffed by men and women recently released from behind bars to tell the story of re-entry, second chances and the healing power of fine food.

 

Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

(Total running time: 99 minutes. Appropriate for ages 17 and older.)

Saturday, March 3: 12:30 pm – BUY TICKETS
Saturday, March 3: 4:30 pm – BUY TICKETS

DeKalb Elementary
(dir. Reed Van Dyk, US, 21min)
Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Silent Child
(dir. Chris Overton, writer Rachel Shenton, UK, 20min)
The Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf four year-old girl named Libby who is born into a middle-class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

My Nephew Emmett
(dir. Kevin Wilson, Jr., US, 20min)
At 2:30AM on August 28, 1955 in the most racially divided state in the country, 64 year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Louis Till.

The Eleven O’Clock
(dir. Derin Seale, writer Josh Lawson, Australia, 13min)
The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

Watu Wote: All of Us
(dir. Katja Benrath, Germany, 22min)
For a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.


Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

(Total running time: 83 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8 and older)

Saturday, March 3: 2:30 pm – BUY TICKETS

Dear Basketball
(dir. Glen Keane, writer Kobe Bryant, US, 6min)
An animated telling of Kobe Bryant’s poem ‘Dear Basketball’.

Negative Space
(dir. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5min)
Adapted from a poem by Ron Koertge, a tale about a boy who connects with his father by learning to pack a suitcase.

Lou
(dir. Dave Mullins, US, 7min)
A Pixar short about a lost-and-found box and the benevolent monster within.

Revolting Rhymes
(dir. Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29min)
Based on the much-loved children’s book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes takes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and The Three Little Pigs then mixes them together and serves them with a mischievous twist.

Garden Party
(dir. Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, France, 7min)
In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

Playing with additional films commended by the Academy: Lost Property Office, Weeds, Achoo


Double Feature: Oscar-Nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts

(Total running time: Part 1 – 83 minutes, Part 2 – 99 minutes, with 30-minute reception between programs. Part 1 appropriate for ages 8 and older, Part 2 appropriate for ages 17 and older.)

Saturday, March 3: 6:30 pm – BUY TICKETS

See both programs back to back, and enjoy food and conversation during a 30-minute reception during intermission.

Dear Basketball
(dir. Glen Keane, writer Kobe Bryant, US, 6min)
An animated telling of Kobe Bryant’s poem ‘Dear Basketball’.

Negative Space
(dir. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5min)
Adapted from a poem by Ron Koertge, a tale about a boy who connects with his father by learning to pack a suitcase.

Lou
(dir. Dave Mullins, US, 7min)
A Pixar short about a lost-and-found box and the benevolent monster within.

Revolting Rhymes
(dir. Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29min)
Based on the much-loved children’s book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes takes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and The Three Little Pigs, then mixes them together and serves them with a mischievous twist.

Garden Party
(dir. Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, France, 7min)
In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

Playing with additional films commended by the Academy: Lost Property Office, Weeds, Achoo

30-minute reception at Intermission

DeKalb Elementary
(dir. Reed Van Dyk, US, 21min)
Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Silent Child
(dir. Chris Overton, writer Rachel Shenton, UK, 20min)
The Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf four year-old girl named Libby who is born into a middle-class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

My Nephew Emmett
(dir. Kevin Wilson, Jr., US, 20min)
At 2:30AM on August 28, 1955 in the most racially divided state in the country, 64 year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Louis Till.

The Eleven O’Clock
(dir. Derin Seale, writer Josh Lawson, Australia, 13min)
The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

Watu Wote: All of Us
(dir. Katja Benrath, Germany, 22min)
For a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.


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Tickets Now on Sale!

February 23-25, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for our ever popular screening of Oscar-nominated documentary, live action, and animated short films in the run-up to the Sunday, February 26 Oscar awards ceremony!

Back by popular demand, our Saturday Night Double Feature will screen both the animated and live action shorts with a reception during intermission. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served during the documentary shorts intermission on Thursday and Friday.

Enjoy refreshments and conversation with fellow film lovers while casting ballots for your picks to win the Oscars. Ballots that correctly pick the winners will be entered in a raffle to win passes to the Trenton Film Festival, March 29 through April 2.

Documentary Shorts – Two-Part Program

(Total running time: 72 minutes and 82 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission featuring complimentary refreshments. Suitable for ages 16+)

Joe’s Violindir. Kahane Cooperman, US, 24 minutes
During a drive to donate musical instruments to public schools, 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The instrument goes to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends with her benefactor.

Extremisdir. Dan Krauss, US, 24 minutes
At the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter treats terminally ill patients. As she and her team provide the best possible care, they try to help the patients and their loved ones make critical, often heartbreaking decisions.

4.1 Milesdir. Daphne Matziaraki, US, 26 minutes
Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle East and traveling the short distance from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. Despite having limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save lives during the immense humanitarian crisis.

15-minute intermission with complimentary refreshments

Watani: My Homeland dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, UK, 40 minutes
Four young children live with their mother and father, a Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.

The White Helmets dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, UK, 41 minutes
In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as “the white helmets” comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.

Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm – Buy Tickets
Friday, February 24, 7:00 pm – Buy Tickets

Live Action Shorts

(Total running time: 132 minutes. Suitable for ages 15+)

Singdir. Kristof Deák, Hungary, 25 minutes
Young Zsofi is having a hard time fitting in at her new school, and her distress grows when the choir director treats her cruelly despite her love of singing. Along with her friend Liza, Zsofi investigates the revered teacher in an attempt to reveal her true nature.

Silent Nightsdir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes
Young Danish woman Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter in Copenhagen, where she meets and falls in love with Kwame, an undocumented immigrant from Ghana. The couple builds a life together, but a devastating secret from Kwame’s past may undermine their happiness.

Timecode dir. Juanjo Giménez, Spain, 15 minutes
Parking lot security guard Luna is bored with her uneventful daily routine but a call about a customer complaint leads her to discover how the night guard, Diego, alleviates his boredom. Soon the pair develops a relationship by communicating through the garage’s CCTV footage.

Ennemis Intérieursdir. Sélim Azzazi, France, 28 minutes
In the 1990s, as the Algerian civil war rages and terrorists infiltrate France, a French police officer of Algerian descent conducts a rancorous interview with a French-born Algerian man seeking naturalization.

La Femme et le TGVdir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes
Elise has been waving at the express train as it passes by her home every day for three decades. A letter from the train’s conductor begins a correspondence between the two, and when the train is detoured to another route, Elise goes in search of her man.

Saturday, February 25: 11:00 am – Buy Tickets
Saturday, February 25: 3:45 pm – Buy Tickets

Animated Shorts

(Estimated running time: 87 minutes. Suitable for ages 8+ except for final film.)

Borrowed Timedir. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, US, 7 minutes
A sheriff of the Old West returns to the scene of a tragic accident from his past that shaped his life. As memories wash over him, he is engulfed by emotion and must find the strength to carry on with his lifelong quest for redemption.

Pearldir. Patrick Osborne, US, 6 minutes
An itinerant musician travels around the country with his young daughter in their old hatchback and juggles his passion for performing with providing his daughter with a stable life. The daughter grows up with a love of music and adventure, and is able to repay her father for nurturing her creativity.

Piperdir. Alan Barillaro, US, 6 minutes
Young Piper, a sandpiper hatchling, leaves her nest for the first time to hunt for food but is too scared of the crashing waves to reach the yummy morsels hidden in the sand. After meeting an unusual ally, Piper attempts to face her fears and increase her confidence.

Blind Vaysha dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes
Young Vaysha was born with unusual sight: her left eye can see only the past and her right eye can see only the future, while the present is a blind spot. Called “Blind Vaysha” by the people of her village, the girl is tormented by the two realities that she cannot reconcile.

Additional animated films highly commended by the Academy:
The Head Vanishesdir. Franck Dion, Canada, 9 minutes
Asteriadir. Alexandre Arpentinier, France, 5 minutes
Once Upon a Linedir. Alicja Jasina, US, 8 minutes

Pear Cider and Cigarettesdir. Robert Valley, Canada/UK, 35 minutes
Hard-living Techno Stypes has been Robert’s best friend since childhood, and over the years, Robert has been amazed by Techno’s ability to sabotage himself. When Techno is hospitalized in China and needs a liver transplant, Robert goes on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.

Important note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES will be the last film in the program. It is not appropriate for children. A Parental Guidance warning will screen prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. Other than PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, the program is acceptable for kids.

Saturday, February 25: 1:45 pm – Buy Tickets

Double Feature: Animated and Live Action Shorts

(Estimated running time: 92 minutes and 132 minutes, with a 30-minute reception. Suitable for ages 15+)

See both programs back to back, with a 30-minute reception during intermission. See above for film descriptions.

Saturday, February 25: 6:30 pm – Buy Tickets

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2017 Oscar Shorts Weekend

Thursday, February 23 – Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, January 25!

Our ever popular screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, animated, and live action short films in the run-up to the Sunday 2/26 Academy Awards ceremony. Social gatherings and the opportunity to make your own Oscar predictions make this a must-attend event! Sign-up for our e-mail list to receive advance notice and avoid sell-outs!

 

 

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2016-17 Season – Dates Announced!

The Trenton Film Society is pleased to present the following events during our 2016-17 season:

Pop Up Anthology at TFS

Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:00 pm
Local Films by Local Filmmakers. Join us for a special evening of select short films by NJ and PA filmmakers curated with our friends at Pop Up Anthology. All filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A and reception following the screening.

$10 admission includes screening and reception. Proceeds benefit the Trenton Film Society.


Oscar Shorts Festival

February 23-25, 2017
Our ever popular screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, animated, and live action short films in the run-up to the Sunday 2/26 Academy Awards ceremony. Social gatherings and the opportunity to make your own Oscar predictions make this a must-attend event!


Trenton Film Festival

March 30-April 2, 2017
Our signature film festival is an exploration of all things cinematic. Unparalleled in its diversity, the festival ranges from narrative and documentary shorts and features to music video and experimental media. A great opportunity to explore a wide breadth of film and engage in lively discussions with filmmakers!

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Oscar Shorts on Fistful of Popcorn

Trenton Film Society’s Yvonne Adams and Susan Fou appeared as guests on a recent episode of the movie discussion program “Fistful of Popcorn” on Princeton Community TV to discuss the 2016 Oscar Shorts Festival.

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