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For the 16th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on April 2nd. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, April 25th.

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Colette by Anthony Giacchino (USA, 25 mins, 2020)

Ninety-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine is one of the last surviving members of the French Resistance. As a young girl, she

belonged to a family of Resistance fighters that included her 17-year-old brother Jean-Pierre. The last time Colette saw Jean-Pierre was in 1943, when he was arrested by the Gestapo and “disappeared” into the Nazi concentration camp system, never to be seen by his family again. The family was inwardly shattered, but outwardly stoic. No tears. Never permitted. For the past 74-years, Colette has never allowed herself to put one foot in Germany. But that’s all about to change when a young history student named Lucie enters her life. Lucie is researching the camp in Germany where Jean-Pierre died. Tracing the story of Jean-Pierre is,

in fact, her special assignment. The film follows Colette as she travels with Lucie to what remains of the forced labor camp near

Nordhausen, Germany.

A Concerto is a Conversation by Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot (USA, 13 mins, 2021)

This compelling short tells the story of virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer Kris Bowers as he tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker and entrepreneur Ben Proudfoot and Emmy-winning composer Kris Bowers (When They See Us, Bridgerton), and executive produced by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, A Concerto is A Conversation had its festival debut at the all-virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Kris Bowers is one of Hollywood’s rising young composers. At 29, he scored the Oscar-winning film Green Book (2018), and this year he premiered a new violin concerto, For a Younger Self, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. For all that success, though, he says that as a Black composer, “I’ve been wondering whether or not I’m supposed to be in the spaces that I’m in.” In this film Bowers traces the process of breaking into new spaces through generations of sacrifice that came before him, focusing on the story of his grandfather Horace Bowers.

Do Not Split by Anders Hammer (USA/Norway, 35 mins, 2020)

Told from within the heart of the Hong Kong protests, Do Not Split begins in 2019 as a proposed bill allowing the Chinese

government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China escalated protests throughout Hong Kong. Unfolding across a year,

this short captures the determination and sacrifices of the protesters, the government’s backlash, and the passage of the new

Beijing-backed national security law.

Hunger Ward by Skye Fitzgerald (USA, 40 mins, 2020)

 Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, HUNGER WARD documents two women health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine.

A Love Song For Latasha by Sophia Nahli Allison (USA, 19 mins, 2019)

The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central Los Angeles store became a

flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising. As the Black community expressed its profound pain in the streets, Latasha’s friends and

family privately mourned the loss of a vibrant child whose full story was never in the headlines. Nearly three decades later, director

Sophia Nahli Allison’s A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA removes Latasha from the context of her death and rebuilds an archive of a

promising life lost. Oral history and memories from Latasha’s best friend and cousin converge in a dreamlike portrait that shows the

impact one brief but brilliant life can have.

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