While you may have seen 2019 Oscar-nominated hits such as “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “A Star Is Born” in theaters, you likely are less familiar with the 15 short films trying to win gold this year.
Luckily, you can watch all 15 or pick the category of live action, animation, or documentary shorts being screened Feb. 15-18 at the Peace Center. The films range in length from seven to 40 minutes.
Get all caught up before the 91st Academy Awards airs live Feb. 24. Tickets are $10 per showtime, which includes all shorts in one category, and can be purchased at peacecenter.org.
Ireland, 30 minutes, 2018
Based on the real-life interview transcripts from the James Bulger case of 1993, “Detainment” shares the story of two 10-year-old boys suspected of the toddler’s abduction and murder.
Canada, 16 minutes, 2018
Two young boys playfully compete for power at a surface mine. But the fun game takes a turn with Mother Nature as the only witness to their deeds.
Canada, 19 minutes, 2017
Through the friendship of an elderly woman and her nurse, the woman acknowledges past desires and makes peace with her life.
Spain, 19 minutes, 2017
Receiving a call from her 7-year-old son vacationing with his father in France, a single mother discovers her child is alone and in need of her help.
USA, 20 minutes, 2018
Two gangs go to war after a friendly black man smiles at a 10-year-old white boy in the blue-collar town’s supermarket.
Canada, 14 minutes, 2018
A canine psychotherapist leads a group therapy session where five animals meet to discuss their woes.
USA, 8 minutes, 2018
Feeling lonely after her only son leaves home, a Chinese mom rediscovers the ups and downs of motherhood when a homemade dumpling becomes a real-life dumpling boy.
Ireland, 10 minutes, 2017
An aging woman with dementia tries to connect the past to the present world as she lives through memories from long ago.
“ONE SMALL STEP”
USA and China, 8 minutes, 2018
Growing up with big dreams of becoming an astronaut, a Chinese-American girl goes to college to pursue her dreams, but not without obstacles.
USA, 15 minutes, 2007
A young boy navigates the life of a broken home as he splits weekdays and weekends between his recently divorced parents.
U.K., 27 minutes, 2018
After a young boy is killed in the neighborhood, Cornelius and his family move into a white estate, and he begins to adopt its racist ways as he battles between his real and acquired identities.
USA, 40 minutes, 2018
Two medical facilities in San Francisco explore end-of-life care for patients and their families as they face death.
USA, 34 minutes, 2018
German nonprofit volunteers navigate the Mediterranean at night to save Libyan refugees floating on rafts.
“A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN”
USA, 7 minutes, 2018
Footage from 1939 shows the chilling night that 20,000 Americans celebrated Nazism in Madison Square Garden.
“PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE.”
USA, 26 minutes, 2018
In India, women fight the stigma surrounding menstruation as they develop ways to make and market their own pads thanks to efforts of high school girls in California.