If you think you've already seen all the best films nominated for this year's Academy Awards, you may have overlooked three very important categories. Starting tomorrow, January 31, the Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014 will be playing at select theaters in the Bay Area.
Divided into four feature length programs, you will be able see every film nominated in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film, and Documentary Short Subject categories before the Oscars on March 2. If you have the means to watch these short films, I highly suggest doing so. This year's documentary shorts are especially moving.
Starting tomorrow, the Live Action Shorts and Animated Shorts programs will begin screening at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto, Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, and Camera 3 in San Jose.
Starting February 7, the Documentary Short Subject films will be divided into two separate programs playing at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco and Camera 3 in San Jose. There will also be limited weekend showings starting February 1 at Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.
Short films give filmmakers a rare opportunity to achieve their own artistic vision, free of the creative constraints of major film studios. Short films often produce some of the most heartfelt, amusing, or informative pieces of filmmaking that cinema has to offer. This year's nominees represent a wide range of cultural and national backgrounds, offering film enthusiasts a colorful pallet representing the diverse possibilities of modern filmmaking.
Animated Short Films
"Feral" (Daniel Sousa / USA / 13MIN)
Disney's "Get A Horse!" (Lauren MacMullan / USA / 6MIN)
"Mr. Hublot" (Laurent Witz / Luxembourg/France / 11MIN)
"Possessions" (Shuhei Morita / Japan / 14MIN)
"Room on the Broom" (Max Lang & Jan Lachauer / UK / 25MIN)
Live Action Short Films
"Do I Have To Take Care of Everything?" (Selma Vilhunen / Finland / 7MIN)
"Helium" (Anders Walter / Denmark / 25MIN)
"Just Before Losing Everything" (Xavier Legrand / France / 30MIN)
"That Wasn't Me" (Esteban Crespo / Spain / 24MIN)
"The Voorman Problem" (Mark Gill / UK / 13MIN)
Documentary Short Subject Films
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” (Malcolm Clarke & Nicholas Reed / Canada / 38MIN)
“Karama Has No Walls” (Sara Ishaq / Yemen/UK/UAE / 26MIN)
“Facing Fear” (Jason Cohen / USA / 23MIN)
“CaveDigger” (Jeffrey Karoff / USA / 39MIN)
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” (Edgar Barens / USA / 40MIN)