Special Screenings and Events
2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films
Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Documentary
Friday, February 9, through Monday, February 12, 7:00 pm
Monday, February 12, 1:30 pm
Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26 year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas who is stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalates into a dramatic arrest. Caught on police dashcams, Breaion is pulled from her car by the arresting officer, repeatedly thrown to the ground, and handcuffed. En route to jail in a squad car, Breaion engages in a revealing conversation with her escorting officer about race and law enforcement in America. The dashcam footage is
Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, USA, 30 minutes
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
A brilliant but tortured 56-year-old artist channels her depression and anxiety into her work.
Frank Stiefel, USA, 40 minutes
Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.
Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wrights, USA, 29 minutes
In the face of the opioid epidemic in a West Virginia town, three women are giving their community a fighting chance.
Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon, USA, 39 minutes
A French restaurant is staffed by men and women who have recently been released from prison.
Thomas Lennon, USA, 40 minutes
Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animation
Friday, February 16, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 17, through Monday, February 19, 7:00 pm
Monday, February 19, 1:30 pm
Directed by award winning Disney animator, Glen Keane, and scored by Oscar Award winning composer, John Williams, this animated short is nothing short of spectacular. With his legend-making, 20-year NBA career complete, Kobe Bryant launches his next chapter with an animated short that embodies his incomparable retirement announcement poem. The hand-drawn animated film speaks directly to the game of basketball, and conveys Kobe’s gratitude, love, and passion for the sport before leaving it behind.
Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant, USA, 5 minutes
A man and his son pack a suitcase.
Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5 minutes
A toy-stealing bully discovers a strange creature in the lost and found box.
Dave Mullins and Dana Murray, USA, 7 minutes
Based on the much-loved book, Revolting Rhymes, written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29 minutes
In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.
Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, France 7 minutes
Lost Property Office (additional film)
Sometimes people can get lost in their work.
Daniel Agdag, Australia, 10 minutes
Coin Operated (additional film)
A 5 minute animated short film that spans 70 years in the life of one naive explorer.
Nicholas Arioli, USA, 5 minutes
Achoo (additional film)
Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action
Friday, February 23, through Monday, February 26, 7:00 pm
Monday, February 26, 1:30 pm
A 911 call plays out against the backdrop of a school shooting incident in Atlanta.
Reed Van Dyk, USA, 20 minutes
The Silent Child
A deaf four year old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to communicate through the use of sign language.
Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton, UK, 20 minutes
My Nephew Emmett
On a dark night in 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood; based on a true story
Kevin Wilson, Jr., USA, 20 minutes
The Eleven O’Clock
The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the doctor. As they each attempt to treat each other the session spirals out of control.
Derin Seale and Josh Lawson, Australia, 13 minutes
Watu Wote/All of Us
For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks, 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.
Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen, Germany, 22 minutes