FilmScene is pleased to continue our popular annual tradition of screening the Oscar-nominated short films. 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. 26--join us for our Blue Carpet Bash!
All three programs featuring every Academy Award nominee in the Animated, Live Action, and Documentary Shorts programs will screen multiple times thru February with individual ticketing for each program.
2017 OSCAR-NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Parental Rating Note: The Documentary Shorts program is recommended as suitable for ages 16 and up.
- PROGRAM A -
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
NOTE: There will be a 10-minute intermission between Programs A and B.
- PROGRAM B -
WATANI: MY HOMELAND
Dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, UK, 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
Dr. Orlando von Einsiedel, UK, 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.