Screenings of Oscar-nominated short films begin Saturday in Wichita, Derby

02/16/2014 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:22 AM

For the 28th year, the Wichita Public Library will host screenings of Academy Award-nominated animated, live-action and documentary short films. Screenings start Saturday and continue through March 1.

The program is a longtime favorite of Wichita movie fans, and has expanded beyond the libraries to have showings at the Warren and Orpheum theaters. This year, the Derby library will host screenings for the first time. All showings are free.

To qualify as a short subject for Academy Award consideration, films must be less than 40 minutes in duration (including all credits). These films are typically not rated and – be warned – may not be suitable for all audiences.

Here are the nominees:

Animated short film

“Feral,” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden (USA, 13 min.) — A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.

“Get a Horse!,” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim (USA, 6 min.) — Mickey Mouse and his friends enjoy a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.

“Mr. Hublot,” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares (Luxembourg/France, 11 min.) — A withdrawn, idiosyncratic man with OCD has his life turned upside down with the arrival of a robot pet.

“Possessions,” Shuhei Morita (Japan, 14 min.) — A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.

“Room on the Broom,” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer (United Kingdom, 25 min.) — A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure.

Live action short film

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” Esteban Crespo (Spain, 24 min.) — A Spanish aid worker has an encounter with an African child soldier.

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything),” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras (France, 30 min.) — A woman leaves her abusive husband and seeks refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.

“Helium,” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson (Denmark, 23 min.) — A hospital’s eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy regain the joy and happiness of life.

“Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari (Finland, 7 min.) — A mother frantically tries to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children interfere with her efforts.

“The Voorman Problem,” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li (United Kingdom, 13 min.) — A psychiatrist is called to a prison to examine an inmate who is convinced he is a god.

Documentary short film

“Cavedigger,” Jeffrey Karoff (USA, 39 min.) — Portrait of New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette, who carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons.

“Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen (USA, 23 min.) — The worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime attack collide 25 years after the incident.

“Karama Has No Walls,” Sara Ishaq (Yemen, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates, 26 min.) — Protesters in Yemen add their voices to those from other nations during the Arab Spring, as the government responds with an attack that left 53 people dead.

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed (Canada, 38 min.) — 109-year-old Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor, shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life.

“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” Edgar Barens (USA, 40 min.) — In a maximum-security prison, terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.

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