Three programs featuring the Academy Award Nominated animated, live action, and documentary short films.
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Oscar Shorts 2017

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Three programs featuring the Academy Award Nominated animated, live action, and documentary short films.


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 Oscar Shorts will be divided into four programs (Live Action, Animation, Documentary A, Documentary B). Searate admission is charged for each program. A festival pass, good for admission to all four programs, will be available at the Ross Box Office ($15 General Admission / $12.50 Seniors, Military / $10 Students, Members, Children).

LIVE ACTION (134 min)

Friday, February 10 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12 - 11:30 a.m.
Monday, February 13 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15 - 9:15 p.m.
Friday, February 17 - 9:20 p.m.
Monday, February 20 - 5:10 p.m.

SING (MINDENKI) (dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes)
Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school - singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth. “Sing” is a childhood drama with a lot of music set in 1990s post-socialist Budapest, Hungary. Based on a true story, it follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl in class facing a tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system - or to fit quietly into it.

SILENT NIGHTS (dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes)
Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with the illegal immigrant Kwame. Both live a hard life. Kwame finds comfort in Inger's arms, but says nothing about his family and children in Ghana. When his daughter becomes ill, he is forced to steal money from the homeless shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believe his lies about the theft and shows compassion. Kwame moves in with Inger and they are happy for a while, until the day when Kwame’s mobile phone reveals everything about his life in Ghana.

TIMECODE (dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes)
Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.

ENNEMIS INTERIEURS (dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes)
An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition during which a French-Algerian born man sees himself accused of protecting the identities of possible terrorists. This close-up on France's troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.

LA FEMME ET LE TGV (dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes)
Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine. Every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One fateful day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters where the two anonymous writers share their world with each other until the day the train line get's cancelled. The story is inspired by true events and stars César Award nominee Jane Birkin.

ANIMATION (87 min)

Friday, February 10 - 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 - 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, February 12  - 2:15 p.m.
Monday, February 13 - 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 - 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21 - 5:10 p.m.

BORROWED TIME (dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes)
A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

PEARL (dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes)
Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

PIPER (dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes)
Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, “Piper,” the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore. “Piper” debuted in theaters worldwide with “Finding Dory” in 2016.

BLIND VAYSHA (dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes)
Vasyha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. “Blind Vaysha,” they called her. In this metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom and beauty, filmmaker Theodore Ushev reminds us of the importance of living in present moment. Designed in 3D and also available in 2D as well as in virtual reality (VR). 

PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES (dir. Robert Valley, Canada/UK, 35 minutes)
Drink and smoke...that's what Techno Stypes really like to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

**Please Note: PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES will be the last film in the Animation program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, the film contains violence, language, sex, and drug use and is not appropriate for children. There will be a parental guidance notice before PEAR CIDER so you may chose to leave the theatre if you do not wish to view this film.

The Animation program will feature additional short films:
ASTERIA (5 minutes)
ONCE UPON A LINE (7 minutes)


Saturday, February 11 - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, February 12  - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 14 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 16 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 - 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22 - 7:15 p.m.

JOE'S VIOLIN (dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes)
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 minutes)
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)
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 humanitarian crisis.


Saturday, February 11 - 2:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 12  - 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 14 - 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 - 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 23 - 9:20 p.m.

WATANI: MY HOMELAND (dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, 39 minutes)
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)
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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Feb 10 through Feb 23

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Many of the films shown at The Ross are not rated due to the prohibitive cost of acquiring a rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Consequently, as many of these films contain graphic content, viewer discretion is advised.

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