Special Screenings & Events 2018-01-30T10:41:58+00:00

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

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 juxtaposed with scenes from Breaion’s everyday life, offering a fuller portrait of the woman behind this unsettling police encounter.

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

Knife Skills

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

Dear Basketball

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

Negative Space

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

Revolting Rhymes

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

Garden Party

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)

Details TBA.

Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

Friday, February 23, through Monday, February 26, 7:00 pm
Monday, February 26, 1:30 pm

DeKalb Elementary

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

Hours & Admission

Monday - Saturday, 10 - 5pm
Sunday, noon to 5pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day

$13 adult; $6 child (under 18)
Museum members & children 3 and under get in for free

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$7.50, $5 members



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