Cinema lovers and fans of the Academy Awards will soon have the opportunity to see the movies nominated in the Short Film live action and animated categories. The Pageant Theatre will play the nominated films for one week starting this Friday, Feb. 8.
Showtimes for the live action short films are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 10, at 6:15 p.m.; and Monday, Feb. 11, through Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Showtimes for the animated films are 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Admission is separate for both features, and the doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtimes.
Admission to The Pageant Theatre is seven dollars for adults; five dollars for children and seniors; five dollars for matinee showings; and three dollars for Cheap Skate Monday.
Here is the list of films being shown in the live action category:
“Death of a Shadow” (dirs. Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele, France and Belgium/Dutch, 20 minutes) – A soldier attempts to ransom his soul from Death and return to the girl he loves.
“Henry” (dir. Yan England, Canada/English, 21 minutes) – Henry, an elderly concert pianist, undergoes a series of confusing experiences as he searches for his wife.
“Curfew” (dir. Shawn Christensen, USA/English, 19 minutes) – A young man on the verge of committing suicide receives a call from his sister asking him to babysit his niece.
“Buzkashi Boys” (dirs. Sam French and Ariel Nasr, Afghanistan/Persian, 28 minutes) – Two boys in Afghanistan, a blacksmith’s son and an orphan living on the streets, dream of winning a popular and fierce polo match.
“Asad” (dirs. Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura, South Africa/Somali, 18 minutes) – A boy from a poor Somali village must decide between piracy and life as a fisherman.
Here is the list of films in the animated category:
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’” (dir. David Silverman, USA/English, 5 minutes) – Maggie Simpson attends the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, where she finds a caterpillar and faces off against her nemesis.
“Adam & Dog” (dir. Minkyu Lee, USA/non-dialogue, 16 minutes) – A playful dog exploring the newly created world comes upon the first man.
“Fresh Guacamole” (dir. PES, USA/English, 2 minutes) – An unseen cook uses a series of unusual ingredients to prepare a bowl of guacamole.
“Head Over Heels” (dirs. Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, UK/English, 11 minutes) – The emotional distance between a long-married husband and wife has resulted in an unusual living arrangement.
“Paperman” (dir. John Kahrs, USA/English, 7 minutes) – A young man working in an office tries desperately to attract the attention of a girl in the building across the street.
Note: The animated films are appropriate for all ages.
An e-mail sent by The Pageant Theatre said there would be “additional films,” but it did not list which ones.
In its final days at The Pageant Theatre is the Oscar nominated thriller, “Argo.” Showtimes are 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as a Saturday and Sunday matinee at 3:45 p.m.
The Pageant Theatre is located at 351 East 6th Street in Chico.