If you’re anything like me, watching as many Oscar-nominated films as possible becomes not only addictive, but challenging, each and every year.
The feature films – especially those nominated for the “major” awards – are pretty easy to see right up until the ceremony. It’s the more obscure films – the documentaries, the foreign films, and the shorts – that often prove the most elusive.
For the 13th consecutive year (don’t worry, I didn’t know about it either) Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis will play host to a number of those short films that are nominated for Hollywood’s biggest award.
The nominees for Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short will run in two blocks.
Dear Basketball – Based on Kobe Bryant’s NBA retirement letter, the film features some of his most infamous on-court moments in a sketchbook-style animation. Bryant, who also produced the film, serves as the film’s narrator
Negative Space – The touching, albeit a little odd, story of a young man whose bond with his father essentially was built on their love of packing suitcases. (No, really.)
Revolting Rhymes – Based on Roald Dahl's book of the same name, the film features a number of well-known characters (Red Riding Hood, the three little pigs, Jack of beanstalk fame, etc.) in situations we're not necessarily accustomed to.
Garden Party – A group of frogs have full run of a seemingly abandoned mansion. With nobody else in sight, they've got the pool, the spacious backyard, the food, the music, and all of the mansion's secrets all to themselves.
· Additional Films: Lost Property Office, Coin Operated, Achoo
DeKalb Elementary – Based on actual events, the film tells the story of a young, would-be school shooter and the office worker he encounters once inside.
The Silent Child – A young social worker begins working with a young deaf girl, whose family is seemingly in denial about the needs of their young daughter.
My Nephew Emmett – Told from his uncle's point of view, the film tells the story of Emmett Till, an African American teenager who was murdered by two white men in 1955 Mississippi.
The Eleven O'Clock – A psychiatrist begins working with a patient whose delusions lead him to believe that he is the psychiatrist and treating his doctor.
Watu Wote/All of Us – A young christian woman boards a bus in Kenya to return home to be with her family. Surrounded by, and uncomfortable with, Muslim passengers, she finds herself in the line of fire when the bus is stopped by a group of terrorists demanding to know which passengers aren't Muslim.
You can get showtimes and order tickets for either, or both of the blocks on the Landmark website.