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Monday, February 05, 2007

 

Oscar-ology: Watch The Short Film Nominees


Every year at Oscar parties all over the world, millions of people give up on the categories for Short Films, with plaintive excuses: "How can I know what will win? No one ever sees these movies!" But fear no more...you can see clips or the entirety of almost all of the 2007 Best Animated, Best Live Action, and Best Documentary Shorts below. (We're pulling for West Bank Story, Maestro, and Recycled Life ourselves.)

LIVE ACTION SHORTS

Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)
Directed by Javier Fesser and Luis Manso
A seven-year-old African girl tells the stories of her cousin, who longs to go to school, and her father, who has an idea that he hopes will change the world.

Éramos Pocos (One Too Many)
Directed by Borja Cobeaga
When his wife leaves him, Joaquín and his son turn to her mother for help with the cooking and cleaning.

Helmer & Son (not available)
Directed by Soren Pilmark and Kim Magnusson
A busy son is called to the rest home where his father has locked himself inside an armoire.

The Saviour (Part 1)(Part 2)
Directed by Peter Templeman and Stuart Parkyn
Malcolm, a door-to-door Mormon evangelist, is in love with a married woman.

West Bank Story (trailer only)
Directed by Ari Sandel
A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank.

ANIMATED SHORTS

The Danish Poet (clip)
Directed by Torill Kove
A poet travels to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset, but a spell of bad weather, an angry dog, a careless postman, and hungry goats play important roles in the big scheme of things.

Lifted (clip)
Directed by Gary Rydstrom
The patience of an increasingly weary instructor is tested by a young alien, as he attempts to abduct an innocently slumbering farmer.

The Little Matchgirl (clip)
Directed by Roger Allers and Don Hahn
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale about a poor young girl whose burning desire to find happiness, in rich hand-drawn Disney animation.

Maestro
Directed by Geza M. Toth
In an intimate dressing room, Maestro prepares for his big performance with the help of a studious iron arm.

No Time for Nuts
Directed by Chris Renaud and Michael Thurmeier
While trying to bury his nut in the ice age, Scrat uncovers a frozen time machine.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

The Blood of Yingzhou District (clip)
Directed by Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
Due to unsafe practices, thousands of impoverished Chinese contract HIV and other diseases through contaminated blood, often leaving behind orphaned children to raise each other or depend on compassionate families for support. This film followed these orphans in the rural villages of Yingzhou District for one year.

Recycled Life (clip)
Directed by Leslie Iwerks and Mike Glad
Thousands of families have thrived in the largest and most toxic and dangerous area in all of Central America, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump. Its inhabitants ("guajeros") who recycle the city's trash have been shunned by society and ignored by the government, until a disastrous event in January 2005 forever changed the face of this landfill.

Rehearsing a Dream (not available)
Directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Chronicles the experiences of 17-year-old performers as they apprentice under such luminaries as former Miss America Vanessa Williams, ballet god Mikhail Baryshnikov, and the composer and pianist Michael Tilson Thomas.

Two Hands (not available)
Directed by Nathaniel Kahn and Susan Rose Behr
When pianist Leon Fleisher lost the use of his right hand in 1965, he began a decades-long struggle to find a cure for his mysterious ailment while reshaping his career to accommodate his loss.

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