Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts
Fri & Sat February 24 & 25
2017, 7:30 PM;
Sun February 26
2017, 2:00 PM
For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. 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 now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 26th.
Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane
Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes
Synopsis: During a drive to donate musical instruments to public
schools, 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold offers his
beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The
instrument goes to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls,
where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends
with her benefactor.
Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24
Synopsis: At the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in
Oakland, California, palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter
treats terminally ill patients. As she and her team provide the
best possible care, they try to help the patients and their loved
ones make critical, often heartbreaking decisions.
4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki,
USA, 22 minutes
Synopsis: Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast
Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle
East and traveling the short distance from the coast of Turkey to
the island of Lesbos. Despite having limited resources, the
captain and his crew attempt to save lives during the immense
Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel
Mettelsiefen, 39 minutes
Synopsis: Four young children live with their mother and father, a
Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their
father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to
Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all
as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.
The White Helmets – dir. Orlando von
Einsiedel, 41 minutes
Synopsis: In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral
civilian volunteers known as "the white helmets" comb through the
rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have
already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first
responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.
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