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02/13/2018 - 02/20/2018

Oscar Shorts: Live Action

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5 shorts presented over 97 minutes

$14 (includes box office fees)



This exclusive release features the year’s most spectacular short films across Live Action, Animation and Documentary, and for a limited time is available to see on the big screen.

The 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films will be presented at 3Below starting February 13 giving you the opportunity to see the shorts before the Oscar Awards ceremony telecast on March 4th. We’ll even have Ballots for you at the theater so you can track which films you think will take home the Oscar.

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The Live Action Shorts

DeKalb Elementary

Director: Reed Van Dyk

Writer: Reed Van Dyk

Producers: Reed Van Dyk, Cory Desrosiers, Christopher Leavins, Enrique Diaz, Morgan Peterson and Ricardo Ramirez

Synopsis: Inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

Director’s Biography: Reed Van Dyk is a Los Angeles based writer/director. His most recent film DEKALB ELEMENTARY won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival and a Special Jury Award in Acting at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The film will play at festivals in Nashville, Quebec, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, and Ukraine in the coming months. Reed’s first short film “THE CONSERVATORY” won a 1st Place Student Emmy Award (“Best Comedy”) — and his last film “AMATEURCOUPLE” premiered in front of Sundance hit “OBVIOUS CHILD” at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Reed has a B.A. in Theater Arts from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from UCLA.

The Silent Child

Director: Chris Overton

Writer: Rachel Shenton

Producers: Rebecca Harris, Danny Ormerod and Julie Foy

Synopsis: THE SILENT CHILD centers around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl named Libby who is born into a middle-class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. Director’s Biography: Born In Staffordshire, Chris began his career as an actor. He worked on various television and film projects with some of the world’s best directors such as Joel Schumacher, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski and was part of the main cast of Bafta award-winning film, “PRIDE” directed by Matthew Warchus. Although an actor Chris watched and learned from the directors intently, even taking a notepad on set to jot down nuggets of information.

My Nephew Emmett

Director: Kevin Wilson, JR.

Producers: Kevin Wilson JR, Lauren L. Owen and TaNisha Fordham

Synopsis: In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on true events.

Director’s Biography: Kevin Wilson, Jr. is a Student Academy Award Winning filmmaker and a 3rd Year MFA Candidate in New York University’s Graduate Film Program. Wilson first emerged as a rising talent in 2009 when he directed multiple sold-out performances of his debut play “THE EMMETT TILL STORY,” a brutal depiction of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. Since that time, he has directed a number of award-winning short films. Starring veteran actors, Jasmine Guy (“A DIFFERENT WORLD”) and The Late, L.B. Williams (“JUICE”), “MY NEPHEW EMMETT” is Wilson’s Pre-Thesis film at NYU. He is currently in development for his debut feature film, which is scheduled to go into production in the summer of 2018.

The Eleven O’Clock

Director: Derin Seale

Producers: Josh Lawson, Karen Bryson and Derin Seale

Synopsis: The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

Director’s Biography: Derin Seale is a Cannes, One Show and NY Festivals Gold winning director. He was raised in a family of cineastes and spent a lot of his formative years on set. He started directing action sequences in the Hollywood features “COLD MOUNTAIN” and ‘THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY’, putting him in great stead to create work of visually epic proportions. This was never more evident than in his short film that helped the nation of Qatar win the hosting of the 2022 Football World Cup. Based in Australia, Seale also works internationally, directing campaigns in the US and Europe. His recent performance-driven spot “MISTAKES”, for the New Zealand Transport Authority has been recognized worldwide, going viral with over 14 million views on YouTube. Seale’s direction of the spot continues to be celebrated at advertising award shows globally, including gold for direction at Cannes Lions. Recently Seale directed the campaign “STOP IT AT THE START”, for the Australian Government, aimed at reducing violence against women in future generations. Hugely successful, the campaign has received extensive coverage by global TV, online and print publishers and top Australian influencers, reaching 15.5 million views online after just one week.

Watu Wote/All of Us

Director: Katja Benrath

Producers: Tobias Rosen, Bramwel Iro and Matrid Nyagah

Synopsis: For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

Director’s Biography: Influenced by theatre throughout her youth, Katja Benrath pursued that career in her early professional life. She became a theatre tailor and worked for Pina Bausch’s dance company. Following, she completed her studies in Singing and Acting in Vienna, Austria where she also discovered filmmaking. Her first short films (“BABYDOLL”, “NO ONE PUKES IN HEAVEN” & “TILDA”) have been playing successfully at many international festivals. During her master studies at Hamburg Media School she directed “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN” and “SECRECIES”. WATU WOTE, her graduation project, is her first film based on a true story.

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