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THE 2023 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS
Feb 17 – 18 – 19 & 24 – 25 – 26
Mar 03 – 04 – 05 & 10 – 11
Documentary, Animated, Live-Action
Yours to fully enjoy on the big screen – each program in a single sitting – in the company of family and friends…
- A wide range of funny and serious films — heartwarming drama, thrillers, family, comedy, redemption, friendship and love — great short films from truly talented filmmakers giving us stories and characters we care about.
- The diverse and creative slate offers a global perspective on universal topics, featuring the people and cultures of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Russia, the UK and the USA.
See show times, dates, prices, location and parking details plus film descriptions and dining options in the sidebar tabs.
WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, TIX INFO
The 2023 Oscar-Nominated Shorts, in three separate programs:
“A” Documentary; “B” Animation; and “C” Live Action, with run times to be determined.
☀ Dates: Four consecutive weekends, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 17 – 18 – 19 & February 24 – 25 – 26; March 3 – 4 – 5 & March 10 – 11.
☀ Times: Documentary – Friday 6:30 pm. Animation & Live Action – Saturday and Sunday: 3:30 & 6:30 pm, respectively.
Advance tickets for individual programs are $15.50 each. Same-day combo tickets, Live Action & Animation, Saturday and Sunday, are discounted at $26 for both programs. Tickets at the door are $21 and $32, respectively.
Tickets are available for online purchase via the Tix Button, top of this page, and by phone at (859) 957-3456. Tickets are no-refund/no-exchange, although we will try to work with you if you need to change dates and there is sufficient lead time and seat avails.
☀ Break Between Screenings: Saturday and Sunday show time spacing allows a food/beverage break. Starting at 3:30 the Animation program typically runs 90 minutes, until 5:00. A 5:15 dinner reservation will allow time to walk to a nearby restaurant with time for a meal and return by 6:30 for the Live-Action Program. The Butcher & Barrel is across the street from the Garfield – they are welcome CWC patrons and offer a discount. Learn more in the Drinks & Dining tab on this event page.
The Garfield offers a direct indoor path from the front door to wheelchair spaces and companion seats (no ramps, no stairs). Individuals using walkers, scooters or wheelchairs should call (859) 957-3456 at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your screening date and time. When notified, our staff will be standing by to assist.
PROGRAM "A" DOCUMENTARY
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS
TRT approx 164 min, est finish 8:10 pm.
THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS
KARTIKI GONSALVES, India, 2022, 41 min
Bomman and Bellie, of the Katunayake tribe, adopt an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu, and work tirelessly to ensure his survival. Their experience at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp in southern India highlights the beauty of the region as well as the man-made and climatic impact on wildlife.
MAXIM and EVGENIA ARBUGAEVA, Russia/UK, 2022, 25 min, in Russian with English subs
Following a solitary marine biologist observing walruses on the Siberian coast, we witness the overwhelming consequences of global warming upon animal life in the Arctic. Sobering visuals say it all.
HOW DO YOU MEASURE A YEAR?
JAY ROSENBLATT, USA, 2021, 29 min
The director films his daughter Ella every year on her birthday, asking the same questions. In a mere 29 minutes we see a girl go from a toddler to a young woman with all the beautiful and awkward stages in between while the father/daughter relationship evolves in all its complexities.
THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT
ANNE ALVERGUE & DEBRA MCCLUTCHY, USA, 2022, 40 min
Back in the ’70s, Martha Mitchell, wife of Richard Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell, spoke out about Watergate and how the Nixon administration attempted to gaslight her into keeping quiet.
A smear campaign destroyed her credibility, but now we know she was right all along. The film’s title refers to the term coined by Harvard psychologist Brendan Maher – when someone’s suspicions are labeled delusional and it turns out that their beliefs are true.
STRANGER AT THE GATE
JOSHUA SEFTEL, USA, 2022, 29 min
After 25 years of service, U.S. Marine Mac McKinney returns home to Indiana filled with rage toward the people he had been fighting against. Fueled by his desire to fight for his country, he plans to bomb the local mosque.
But when he comes face to face with the community of Afghan refugees and others of the Muslim faith he seeks to kill, his plan takes an unexpected turn – saving and changing many lives.
Raising issues to do with prejudice, religion, misunderstanding, mental health and the breakdown of family life, the film is a celebration of diversity both within our communities and within the stories which we tell – a hopeful story of redemption and what can be achieved with love.
PROGRAM "B" ANIMATION
ANIMATED SHORT FILMS,
TRT approx 91 min, est finish 5:05 pm.
THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE
PETER BAYNTON, USA, 2022, 34 min
The four characters form an unexpected friendship as they all search for the boy’s home.
A simple story offering insights into the things that matter most – friendship and kindness – a much-needed tale of hope! Featuring the voices of Tom Hollander, Idris Elba and Gabriel Byrne.
THE FLYING SAILOR
AMANDA FORBIS and WENDY TILBY, Canada, 2022, 8 min
Based on a true story, when in Halifax harbor 1917, a sailor was thrown almost two kms by the explosion of a munitions vessel. The filmmakers convey a near-death experience and the fragility of life, framed by humor, suspense and philosophy.
JOAO GONZALEZ, Portugal/France, 2022, 14 min, in Portuguese with English subs
A father and son live on the side of a steep mountain. Each day they parachute down to the village far below, selling chips of ice gleaned from the frozen heights of aerie. The film takes a turn when the water they use to make ice no longer freezes.
Behind the surreal story lie human emotions and experiences – the bond between parent and child, the comfort of routine, and the complexity of love and loss.
MY YEAR OF DICKS
SARA GUNNARSDOTTIR, USA/Iceland, 2022, 24 min.
Told in five chapters of different experiences, this is the hilarious and touching story of 15-year-old Pam from a small Texas town, searching for a special boy with whom to lose her virginity.
Supporting Pam’s changing perspectives, the film employs a mix of animation and filmmaking styles in this comedic journey of awkwardness and disappointment.
AN OSTRICH TOLD ME THE WORLD IS FAKE AND I THINK I BELIEVE IT
LACHLAN PENDRAGON, Australia, 2022, 12 min.
When a young telemarketer is confronted by a mysterious talking ostrich, he learns that the universe is stop motion animation. He must focus on convincing his colleagues of his terrifying discovery.
It’s scary business living in a stop motion world, where your faces come off and a giant hand controls your every move.
PROGRAM "C" LIVE ACTION
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS,
TRT approx 100 min, est finish 8:10 pm.
AN IRISH GOODBYE
STACEY GREGG, UK/Ireland, 2021, 23 min.
Set in a working farm in rural Northern Ireland, An Irish Goodbye is a black comedy about the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan following the untimely death of their mother. The brothers’ pained reunion is worsened by the fact Turlough must make new care arrangements for Lorcan, who has Down Syndrome.
But when the brothers discover an unfulfilled bucket list belonging to their late mother, Lorcan senses an opportunity: he’ll only agree to leave the farm once he and Turlough have themselves completed every single wish on their mother’s list…all one hundred of them.
ANDERS WALTER, Denmark, 2022, 16 min.
The countryside of Greenland – icy hills, caves and fjords is the setting for a psychological thriller revolving around a missing sister. IVALU uses flashbacks to heighten an emotional drama enhanced by excellent cinematography, score, acting, writing and direction – in short, mesmerizing.
LE PUPILLE (The Pupil)
ALICE ROHRWACHER, Italy, 2022, 37 min.
Not what you would expect from a Disney film, thanks to Oscar-winning producer Alfonso Cuarón. Set in a Catholic boarding school for young girls, in Italy in the midst of World War II, Le Pupille captures the girls’ innocent yet mischievous wildness, mixing their fleeting moments of joy with the sadness of their situation: It’s Christmas under the rule of an iron-fisted Mother Superior.
Two-time Cannes winner (Happy as Lazzaro, The Wonders) Alice Rohrwacher knows her craft. She gives us laughter and emotion plus allegory confronting conformity, morality and purity. But most of all, she gives us joy.
NIGHT RIDE (NATTRIKKEN)
EIRIK TYVEITEN, Norway, 2022, 15 min.
On a cold December night, Ebba (a little person) accidentally hijacks a tram. Going with the flow, she picks up passengers and conflict arises in a way she didn’t expect.
Using dark deadpan humor to tackle gender identity, prejudice and sexism, “It’s rare to see a film about prejudice which is heartwarming and joyous like this. Night Ride is a real gem and viewers are on track for a surprise.”
THE RED SUITCASE
CYRUS NESHVAD, Luxembourg, 2022, 18 min.
Would you be brave enough to run away if you knew that someone else controlled the course of your life? Would you walk away from everything to secure your own safety and happiness?
This is the case with Ariane, a teenage girl from Iran who wants to escape an arranged marriage. Her fear is palpable. There is a real sense of building menace and suspense.
Well acted, beautifully directed with a great musical score, the film draws you into the world it inhabits. A story told without words and yet we know and feel every emotion Ariane is going through.
DRINKS & DINING
For CWC patrons, the Butcher & Barrel offers a 15% discount on your order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially if you are dining between a CWC double feature. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.
HOURS: MON-TUE, closed; WED-THS, 4-10 pm; FRI-SAT, 4-12 am; SUN, 4-10 pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the restaurant, every night. Hours and menu subject to change – check the website before booking. RESERVATIONS: 513-954-8974 or thebutcherbarrel.com.