The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012 (2012)

Opened: 02/10/2012 Limited

Limited (200+)02/10/2012
IFC Center02/10/2012 - 03/22/201242 days
Kendall Square...02/10/2012 - 03/08/201228 days
The Nuart02/10/2012 - 02/23/201214 days
Monica 4-Plex02/17/2012 - 03/01/201214 days
Playhouse 702/24/2012 - 03/01/20127 days
Regent Theatre02/24/2012 - 03/01/20127 days
NoHo 702/25/2012 - 02/26/20122 days
Claremont 502/25/2012 - 02/26/20122 days
The Landmark03/02/2012 - 03/08/20127 days

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Genre: Three Separate Short Film Programs

Rated: Unrated


ShortsHD is once again bringing the wildly popular Oscar nominated short film program (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary) to theaters in the US, Canada, and Europe beginning February 10th.

The theatrical release of the Academy Award nominated short films has met with enthusiastic audiences ever since its launch 6 years ago, giving people around the world an opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the Academy Awards ceremony on February 26th.

The OSCAR Shorts program will open in over 200 theaters throughout the US and Canada starting February 10th and will continue to expand in the following weeks. A list of participating theatres are available by clicking on the DATES & LOCATIONS tab above.

Together with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be available on iTunes Stores in 54 countries across the globe beginning February 21st.



Director: Grant Orchard

Producer: Sue Goffe

Synopsis: When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we are left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.


Director: Patrick Doyon

Producer: Marc Bertrand, Michael Fukushima

Synopsis: Every Sunday, it's the same old routine! The train clatters through the village and almost shakes the pictures off the wall. In the church, Dad dreams about his toolbox. And of course later Grandma will get a visit and the animals will meet their fate.


Directors: William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg

Producers: Lampton Enochs Jr., Trish Farnsworth-Smith, Alissa M. Kantrow

Synopsis: Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) co-directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and MGM Technicolor musicals. Morris Lessmore is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.


Directors: Enrico Casarosa

Producer: Kevin Reher - John Lasseter (Executive Producer)

Synopsis: LA LUNA is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family's most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?


Directors: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby

Producers: Marcy Page, Bonnie Thompson

Synopsis: Calgary, 1909. An Englishman moves to the Canadian frontier, but is singularly unsuited to it. His letters home are much sunnier than the reality. Intertitles compare his fate to that of a comet.

Live Action


Director: Peter McDonald

Producer: Eimear O'Kane

Synopsis: When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life, football.


Director: Max Zahle

Producer: Stefan Gieren

Synopsis: A German couple adopts in Kolkata an Indian orphan. Their child suddenly disappears and they realize that they are part of the problem.


Director: Terry George

Producer: Oorlagh George

Synopsis: THE SHORE is the uplifting story of two boyhood best friends - Joe (Ciaran Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill) divided for 25 years by the tumult of "The Troubles". When Joe returns home to Northern Ireland, his daughter Patricia brings the two men together for a reunion, with unexpected results. What happened all those years ago? Can old wounds be healed? The answer is both hilarious and moving. THE SHORE is about one of the small personal reconciliations that coincide with a national reconciliation.


Director: Andrew Bowler

Producer: Gigi Causey

Synopsis: A neurotic inventor creates a time machine, only to get caught up traveling around yesterday.


Director: Hallvar Witzo

Producer: Gudrun Austli

Synopsis: When seventy-year-old Oskar is told that he has only six days left to live, he wants to put things right with his brother who lives in New Jersey. Inger, a public "death angel" is sent out to help Oskar through his remaining days. A huge horn stands at the edge of the sea, built by the brothers when they were kids. Will its sound cross the Atlantic?



Director: James Spione

Producer: James Spione

Synopsis: One of the most notorious incidents of the Iraq War - the July 2007 slayings of two Reuters journalists and a number of other unarmed civilians by US attack helicopters - is recounted in the powerful testimony of an American infantryman whose life was profoundly changed by his experiences on the scene. US Army Specialist Ethan McCord bore witness to the devastating carnage, found and rescued two children caught in the crossfire, and soon turned against the war that he had enthusiastically joined only months before. Denied psychological treatment in Iraq for his PTSD, McCord returned home, struggling for years with anger, confusion, and guilt over the war. When WikiLeaks released the stunning cockpit video of the incident, McCord was finally spurred into action, and began traveling the country, speaking out for the rights of PTSD sufferers against the American wars in the Middle East.


Directors: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Producers: Davis Coombe, Alison Greenberg, Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Sabiha Sumar

Synopsis: Every year hundreds of people -- mostly women -- are attacked with acid in Pakistan. The HBO Documentary SAVING FACE, which premiers March 8 at 8:30 PM PT, follows several of these survivors, their fight for justice, and a Pakistani plastic surgeon who has returned to his homeland to help them restore their faces and their lives.


Directors: Gail Dolgin, Robin Fryday

Producers: Gail Dolgin, Robin Fryday, Judith Helfand

Synopsis: Mr. James Armstrong is a barber, a "foot soldier" and a dreamer whose barbershop in Birmingham, Alabama has been a hub for haircuts and civil rights since 1955. "The dream" of a promised land, where dignity and the right to vote belongs to everyone is documented in photos, headlines and clippings that cram every inch of wall space (and between the mirrors). 85-years-young, jauntily wearing a bowtie and suspenders, Mr. Armstrong will cut your hair while recounting his experiences as a "foot soldier", citing the pictures on his wall as he does. In March 1965, civil rights activists began a march from Selma to Montgomery calling for voting rights. Mr. Armstrong, an Army Veteran, was the proud bearer of the American flag in that march, and it's said that even as state troopers tear-gassed the crowd and beat marchers with billy clubs, he held the flag high. On the annual commemoration of Bloody Sunday he carries that flag.He used his barber chair to educate: "If you want a voice, you have to vote; you can't complain about nothing if you don't vote." Despite threats to his life and home, his two sons were the first to integrate an all white elementary school. "Dying isn't the worst thing a man can do. The worst thing a man can do is nothing." No one can accuse Mr. Armstrong of doing nothing; and on the eve of the election of the first African-American president, THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM sees his unimaginable dream come true.


Director: Lucy Walker

Producers: Kira Carstensen, Lucy Walker

Synopsis: Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.


Director: Rebecca Cammisa

Producer: Rebecca Cammisa

Synopsis: GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS tells the story of Dolores Hart, a rising Hollywood star who appeared in films with Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift and Anthony Quinn, but abandoned her career to become a Benedictine nun in 1963 at age 23. Now Mother Prioress of the cloistered Abbey of Regina Laudis, she reveals her life, past and present.

Note: This film will not be part of the Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012 theatrical release.

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