February 23-25, 2017
Congratulations to our Oscar Shorts raffle winners – who will each receive an all-access pass to the Trenton Film Festival, Mar. 30-Apr. 2!
Documentaries – The White Helmets – John Hatch
Live Action – Sing – Pam Kelly
Animation – Piper – Sally Lane
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 Violin – dir. 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.
Extremis – dir. 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 Miles – dir. 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.
Live Action Shorts
(Total running time: 132 minutes. Suitable for ages 15+)
Sing – dir. 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 Nights – dir. 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 Intérieurs – dir. 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 TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes
Elise (Jane Birkin) 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.
(Estimated running time: 87 minutes. Suitable for ages 8+ except for final film.)
Borrowed Time – dir. 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.
Pearl – dir. 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.
Piper – dir. 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 Vanishes – dir. Franck Dion, Canada, 9 minutes
Asteria – dir. Alexandre Arpentinier, France, 5 minutes
Once Upon a Line – dir. Alicja Jasina, US, 8 minutes
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. 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.
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.