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Oscar Nominated Shorts Presentation – Documentary B
February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures will be bringing the Oscar-Nominated Short Films to cities across the US. A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts at the SteamPlant Theater on February 17-19! With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your chance to get a sneak peek at this year’s favorite short films and give you an edge in your Oscar pool to predict the winners! FYI, the Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday, Feb. 24th.
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS – PROGRAM B RUN TIME: 73 minutes
A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN Synopsis: In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. The film, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States.
LIFEBOAT Synopsis: Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. “LIFEBOAT” puts a human face on one of the world’s greatest contemporary, global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way.
PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. Synopsis: In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. For generations, these women didn’t have access to pads, which lead to health problems and girls missing school or dropping out entirely. But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering the women of their community. They name their brand “FLY,” because they want women “to soar.” Their flight is, in part, enabled by the work of high school girls half a world away, in California, who raised the initial money for the machine and began a non-profit called “The Pad Project.”