Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present special screenings of the 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films on Saturday, February 23rd. Animated Shorts will premiere at 11:00 am, Documentary Shorts will premiere at 2:00 pm, and Live Action Shorts will premiere at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 per screening category or $25 for an all-day pass. Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518.523.2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.
About Oscar Nominated Shorts
Since 2006, ShortsTV has presented the Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical release across the globe. This year, Adirondack audiences can see all 15 nominated films from the categories of Animated Short, Live Action Short and Documentary before the Oscar Awards ceremony on February 24.
“The Oscar-Nominated Shorts may have smaller running times,” says Robert Abele of the LA Times, “but the themes tackled are often big.”
The 2019 nominees include:
Animated Short Films
Bao (dir. Domee Shi) – An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
Late Afternoon (dir. Louise Bagnall) – Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.
Animal Behaviour (dir. Alison Snowden and David Fine) – Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
Weekends (dir. Trevor Jimenez) – Weekends is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.
One Small Step (dir. Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas) – Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.
Live Action Short Films
Madre (dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen) – A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago.
Fauve (dir. Jeremy Comte) – Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer…
Marguerite (dir. Marianne Farley) – An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.
Detainment (dir. Vincent Lambe) – Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today.
Skin (dir. Guy Nattiv) – A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.
Documentary Short Films
Black Sheep (dir. Ed Perkins) – After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius’ family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive.
End Game (dir. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman) – Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late? End Game probes these questions and more as it follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death.
Lifeboat (dir. Skye Fitzgerald) – Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night.
A Night at the Garden (dir. Marshall Curry) – In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from history. A Night at the Garden transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in America.
PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. (dir. Rayka Zehtabchi) – In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation.Period. End of Sentence. tells their story.
About the LPCA
Nestled in an Olympic village, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round treasure to residents and visitors of the Adirondacks and is the premier art and cultural hub of the region. Orchestrating quality programming, performances, rotating art exhibitions, and education experiences to residences and visitors alike, the LPCA provides an ensemble of offerings in music, theatre and dance, and supports local, regional and national artists in its Fine Arts Gallery. At the heart of this hub is hands-on learning experiences for children exploring their creativity and adults finding new passions. As a leading organization, the LPCA collaborates with other Adirondack non-profit partners to build, support and cultivate the arts community. Inspiring excellence in the arts for generations, the LPCA continues to thrive today at its unique and captivating Lake Placid campus.