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Oscar Nominated Shorts Presentation – Live Action
February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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.
LIVE ACTION SHORTS RUN TIME: 108 minute
PROGRAM NOTES: The short films in this program address issues of child endangerment, racial violence, and other controversial and difficult themes. These are not suitable for children.
MADRE Synopsis: A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone, cannot find his father, and a stranger is approaching.
FAUVE Synopsis: Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. Alone in the wild, the two boys play around. Complicity evolves into a confrontation where one wants power over the other. This game will not prove as harmless as they thought.
MARGUERITE Synopsis: An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing, and helps her make peace with her past.
DETAINMENT Synopsis: Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today.
SKIN Synopsis: A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.