For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Jan. 31st. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 9th.
The Documentary Short nominees are IN THE ABSENCE, LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WAR ZONE IF YOU'RE A GIRL, LIFE OVERTAKES ME, ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN, and WALK RUN CHA-CHA.
IN THE ABSENCE
Directed by Seung-jun Yi.
Documents the sinking of a South Korean Ferry. As a result of the ineptitude of the first response to the emerging situation, hundreds of people, mostly children lost their lives
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)
Directed by Carol Dysinger.
Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl) is the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write-and skateboard-in Kabul.
LIFE OVERTAKES ME
Directed by Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas.
In the grip of trauma, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden withdraw from life's uncertainties into a coma-like illness called Resignation Syndrome.
ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN
Directed by Sami Khan and Smriti Mundhra.
Bruce Franks Jr. is a 34-year-old battle rapper, Ferguson activist and state representative from St. Louis, Missouri. Known as Superman to his constituents, he is a political figure the likes of which you've never seen - full of contradictions and deep insights, who has overcome unspeakable loss to become one of the most exciting and unapologetic young leaders in the country. This short verité documentary follows Bruce at a critical juncture in his life, when he is forced to deal with the mental trauma he's been carrying for the nearly 30 years since his 9-year-old brother was shot and killed in front of him, in order to find peace and truly fulfill his destiny as a leader for his community.
WALK RUN CHA CHA
Directed by Laura Nix.
Paul and Millie Cao lost their youth to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they have become successful professionals in Southern California-and are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.
Various Countries. 154minutes + intermission.
4k Digital Projection. 2019. With Subtitles.