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Eight Short Films Every Movie Lover Should See - NYC

April 13, 2014 1:45 PM – 4:15 PM

 

Did you ever watch the Academy Awards when they were presenting the Best “Live Action” Short Film or Best Short Animation Oscars and say to yourself ”where are these films, and why haven’t I seen any of them?”

 

This unique and entertaining class is like a trip to the best film festivals in the world where you sample and discuss the elite of the very best short films. The program features films that have won Academy Awards or Best of Show honors from such festivals as Sundance, New York, Chicago, Berlin, Melbourne and South by Southwest.

 

Presented by Douglas Leclaire - School of Visual Arts

 

 
Super Powers  (7 minutes / USA) 

In an attempt to spice up their marriage, a couple dresses up as a pair of superheroes. But when they're accidentally forced out of their apartment, they find themselves capable of saving much more than their relationship. 

Best Narrative Winner - Tribeca Film Festival 
Audience Favorite  - Austin Film Festival, AFI Dallas, Hamptons International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Cinequest  
 
Death, Taxes, and Apple Juice  (8 minutes / USA)

A little girl ponders the meaning of life as her friend helps her file taxes. 
 
Audience Favorite  - Los Angeles Short Film Awards 
Special Mention: - Lighthouse International Film Festival 

Gone Fishing  (13 minutes / UK)
 
Chris Jones directs this touching story of a boy and an old man coming to terms with bereavement through their shared love of fishing.
 
Best Short Film  - Palm Beach International Film Festival
Best Short Film  - Beverly Hills International Film Festival

Tanghi Argentini (13 minutes / Belgium)
 
In this beguiling story, an office clerk with a hankering to tango enlists the support of a workplace colleague as he prepares for a date.
 
Best Live Action Short Film Nominee - Academy Awards

While the Widow is Away  (19 minutes / USA)
 
A building super makes himself at home in the lush apartment of a lonely widow.
 
Audience Award Winner  - Jacksonville Film Festival
Golden Space Needle Honor  - Seattle International Film Festival
Certificate of Merit  - VisionFest NYC

SPIN  (8 minutes / USA)
 
A DJ seeks to make the world a better place one track at a time.
 
Best Short Film  - San Francisco International Film Festival
Best Short Film  - Seattle International Film Festival

West Bank Story  (21 minutes / USA)
 
Two restaurants, a Palestinian "Hummus Hut" and an Israeli "Kosher King", are pitted against each other in this musical comedy. In an obvious homage to West Side Story, Israeli soldier David falls in love with the "Hummus Hut" cashier Fatima, escalating the war between the establishments. 
 
Best Live Action Short Film  - Academy Awards
Best Short Film  - Indianapolis International Film Festival

The Bloody Olive  (10 minutes / Germany)
 
In this black-and-white film noir parody from director Vincent Bal, a couple's Christmas is halted by a co-worker's embezzlement accusations. 
 
Best Short Film  - Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film

 

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