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DGC@Home: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films
Presented by Shorts TV
The Oscar Nominated Short Films in all three categories are available to view virtually as individual programs or as a bundle.
Individual Tickets, $12:
Bundle Package (All three programs), $30:
Runtime: Live Action: 130 min., Animation: 99 min., Documentary: 136 min.
Live Action: Unrated but R equivalent (Adult themes, Police Brutality, and language);
Animation: Unrated but PG-13 equivalent (In IF ANYTHING HAPPENS, parents mourn their child, killed in a school shooting. GENIUS LOCI contains strong language, smoking, and very brief nudity. The program overall deals with some tough issues and a few of the films are not suitable for children under 12.)
Documentary: Unrated but R equivalent (Please note that HUNGER WARD is a very intense look at child hunger in Yemen and the program is very much not for young audiences.)
The Present – Dir. Farah Nabulsi (Palestine, 25 min.)
On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?
Feeling Through – Dirs. Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski (USA, 19 min.)
FEELING THROUGH, the first film to feature a DeafBlind actor in a lead role, is a coming-of-age story that follows Tereek, a teen wandering the streets of New York, desperate for a place to crash when he encounters Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of assistance getting to a bus stop. Out of an awkward meeting between strangers emerges an intimate bond, and a journey that forever changes Tereek.
Two Distant Strangers – Dirs. Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (USA, 25 min.)
In TWO DISTANT STRANGERS , cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.
White Eye – Dirs. Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman (Israel, 21 min.)
A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.
The Letter Room – Dirs. Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan (USA, 33 min.)
When an empathetic corrections officer gets transferred to the prison’s letter room, he soon finds escape in the deeply
personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Starring OSCAR ISAAC and ALIA SHAWKAT .
Burrow – Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (USA, 6 min.)
In Disney and Pixar’s new short film BURROW, a young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble.
Genius Loci – Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)
One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.
Opera – Erick Oh (USA, 9 min.)
Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and former Pixar animator Erick Oh, OPERA is an animation project that can be defined as a contemporary animated edition of the Renaissance fresco mural paintings.
If Anything Happens I Love You – Will McCormack and Michael Govier (USA, 12 min.)
Grieving parents struggle with the loss of their daughter after a school shooting. An elegy on grief.
Yes-People – Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)
One morning an eclectic mix of people face the everyday battle, such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.
PLUS A SELECTION OF ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS (from the AMPAS shortlist):
Kapaemahu (USA, 8 min.)
The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany, 26 min.)
To Gerard (USA, 7 min.)
A Love Song for Latasha – Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan (USA, 18 min.)
The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central Los Angeles store became a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising. As the Black community expressed its profound pain in the streets, Latasha’s friends and family privately mourned the loss of a vibrant child whose full story was never in the headlines. Nearly three decades later, director Sophia Nahli Allison’s A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA removes Latasha from the context of her death and rebuilds an archive of a promising life lost.
Do Not Split – Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook (USA/Norway, 36 min.)
Told from within the heart of the Hong Kong protests, DO NOT SPLIT begins in 2019 as a proposed bill allowing the Chinese government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China escalated protests throughout Hong Kong. Unfolding across a year, DO NOT SPLIT captures the determination and sacrifices of the protesters, the government’s backlash, and the passage of the new Beijing-backed national security law.
Hunger Ward – Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman (USA, 40 min.)
Filmed inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in conflict-ridden Yemen, HUNGER WARD documents two women fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides unflinching portraits of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they work to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of
Colette – Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard (France/Germany/USA, 24 min.)
Ninety-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine is one of the last surviving members of the French Resistance. As a young girl, she belonged to a family of Resistance fighters that included her 17-year-old brother Jean-Pierre. The last time Colette saw Jean-Pierre was in
1943, when he was arrested by the Gestapo and “disappeared” into the Nazi concentration camp system, never to be seen by his family again. The family was inwardly shattered, but outwardly stoic. No tears. Never permitted. For the past 74-years, Colette has never allowed herself to put one foot in Germany. But that’s all about to change when a young history student named Lucie enters her life.
A Concerto Is a Conversation – Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers (USA, 13 min.)
A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION tells the story of virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer Kris Bowers as he tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Individual Tickets, $12:
Bundle Package (All three programs), $30: