THE 2024 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS

GARFIELD THEATRE

Feb 16 – 17 – 18  &  23 – 24 – 25
Mar 01 – 02 – 03  &  08 – 09

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Three Programs:
Documentary ~ Animation ~ Live-Action

Yours to enjoy on the big screen – each program in a single sitting – in the company of family and friends, with multiple screening dates to fit busy schedules.

  • Powerful stories about family, music, survival, connection, tragedy, grief, education, redemption, equality, friendship and love.
  • Truly diverse, creative and inspiring, the films offer stories and characters we can relate to and care about, enhanced by the talent of Wes Anderson, David Oyelowo, Benedict Cumberbatch and others.
  • The nominated films bring perspectives from Bangladesh, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Iran, Israel, Taiwan, the UK and the USA to important universal topics.

Film descriptions, show times, dates, prices, location and parking details plus dining windows and discounts are in the sidebar tabs.

WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW MUCH

WHAT:
The 2024 Oscar-Nominated Shorts, in three separate programs:
A” Documentary; “B” Animation; and “C” Live Action, with run times to be determined.

WHERE:
☀ In-person screenings at THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.   Google Map    Garfield Parking Options

WHEN:
☀ Dates: Four consecutive weekends, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 16 – 17 – 18 & February 23 – 24 – 25;  March 1 – 2 – 3  & March 8 – 9.
☀ Times:  Documentary – Friday 6:30 pm.  Animation & Live Action – Saturday and Sunday: 3:30 & 6:30 pm, respectively.

TICKETS:
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 welcome CWC patrons and offer a discount. Learn more in the Drinks & Dining tab on this event page.

ADA ACCESS:
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

Estimated 2024 run time = 140 minutes – program ends circa 8:55 pm.  Rating: PG/PG13.

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ISLAND IN BETWEEN
Leo Chiang, Taiwan, 2023, 20 min, in English and Mandarin w/ English subs.

Set in Taiwan’s frontline island of Kinmen amid rising tensions with China, filmmaker Leo Chiang weaves lyrical glimpses of local life and his personal experience with the propaganda of Taiwan, China, and the US. Now connected with China by ferry, the people of Kinmen are Taiwanese citizens but avoid adoption of ideological nationalism – saying they belong to the “island inbetween.” Suggesting the possibility of peace in the region, Island In Between explores the interconnection of people in the face of an  uncertain future.

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NAI NAI & WAI PO
Sean Wang, USA, 2023, 17 min, in Mandarin with English subs.

“Nǎi Nai is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma.”

A personal love letter from director Sean Wang, the film provides a humorous peek into the lives of two ordinary but extraordinary grandmothers who refuse to allow their zest for life to diminish with age.

Wang captures the essence of his Chinese grandmothers’ character with their playful banter, quiet moments of care, and quick narrative bits. It’s the best kind of human interest piece – tender, honest, and inspirational. Though only 17 minutes long, it’s packed with a handful of important life lessons, choosing joy being one of them.

Winner:
Grand Jury Prize, South by Southwest (SXSW)
Audience Award, South by Southwest (SXSW)
Grand Jury Prize,  Seattle Intl Film Festival (SIFF)
Best Documentary Short, AFI Fest

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THE ABCs OF BOOK BANNING
Sheila Nevins, USA, 2023, 27 min.

Over 2000 books have been removed from libraries and classrooms in American school districts, with numbers rising dramatically. The ABCs of Book Banning explores the present and future human toll of depriving children of their right to read.

In this powerful and timely documentary, Sheila Nevins chose to interview actual students, providing a fresh and inspiring approach. We are introduced to young people who desire to learn about our complex world – via access to vital titles on social issues, wars, and the realities of growing up. These inquisitive kids make more sense than many adults, offering hope for the future of intellectual freedom.

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THE LAST REPAIR SHOP
Ben Proudfoot & Kris Bowers, USA, 2023, 39 min.

Uplifting and inspiring, The Last Repair Shop tells the story of four unassuming heroes who ensure no student is deprived of the joy of music. There once were dozens of repair shops in America, restoring instruments for use by young people who cannot afford pricey instruments. Now there is only one. This is a powerful reminder of how music can be the best medicine and a route out of poverty.

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THE BARBER OF LITTLE ROCK
John Hoffman & Christine Turner, USA, 2023, 35 min.

Illustrating the art of the possible, The Barber of Little Rock explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank he founded.

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PROGRAM "B" ANIMATION

ANIMATED SHORT FILMS

Estimated 2024 run time = 80 minutes with bonus shorts. Est. finish circa 4:55 pm.   NOTE: Not for children under 13. Rating: mixed PG-13 / R. 

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OUR UNIFORM
Yegane Moghaddam, Iran, 2023, 7 min, in Farsi w/ English subs.

“This uniform is more than just a piece of clothing. It is a text to be decoded. A manifest against women, a denial of choice”  For many, clothing is a part of self-expression but how does wearing a uniform affect how one perceives oneself?

An Iranian girl recalls school-age memories through the wrinkles and fabrics of her old uniform, quite literally. Rather than using paper, canvas, or a digital medium, in a return to 2D and stop-motion techniques, Moghaddam painted directly on the cloth used for making hijabs to tell the story of a character who dreams of a better future.

Awarded the Diversity Prize at SPARK ANIMATION 2023; the Grand Prize at CINANIMA 2023 & Espinho City Award.

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LETTER TO A PIG
Tal Kantor & Amit Gicelter, Israel/France, 2022, 17 min., in Hebrew w/ English subs. 

A Holocaust survivor reads a letter he wrote to the pig who saved his life. A young schoolgirl hears his testimony in class and afterwards has a twisted dream where she confronts questions of identity, collective trauma, and the extremes of human nature.

Rendered in traditional rotoscope, ink wash and line sketch animation and live-action, Letter to a Pig is a metaphor for transferring hate into love and forgiveness, capturing how memory, reality, and the subconscious intertwine and influence each other.

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PACHYDERME
Stéphanie Clément, France, 2022, 11 min, in French w/ English subs.

Every summer, Louise is entrusted to her grand-parents for a few days of vacation in the country. The green grass of the garden, the swimming in the lake, the fishing with Grandpa, everything seems as sweet as Grandma’s strawberry pies. Yet this year, the snow will fall in summer and a monster will die – changing Louise forever.
Stunning visuals, framing technique, narrative twists and palpable tension paint the portrait of a young girl trapped in a traumatic situation. The symbolic, dreamlike aspects of the film makes it possible to deal with the memory of domestic abuse, although nothing is said explicitly but only suggested. As a child, you should be able to trust the adults in your life, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case – exactly as we see in Pachyderme when a woman looks back at her childhood stays with her grandparents with a mix of nostalgia and anguish.

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NINETY-FIVE SENSES
Jerusha & Jared Hess, USA, 2023, 13 min.

An ode to the body’s five senses delivered by a man with little time left to enjoy them, it condenses the experience of life into its most potent memories all while deftly shifting between the nostalgia of the past and the pain of regret.

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WAR IS OVER
(Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko)
Dave Mullins, USA, 2023, 11 min.

Set in WWI where a senseless war rages on, two soldiers on opposite sides of the conflict play a joyful game of chess. A heroic carrier pigeon delivers the soldiers’ chess moves over the battlefield as the fighting escalates.

Sixteen years into the highly controversial Vietnam War, The Beatles’ John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono released “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” as a protest. Fifty-two years later, the famed couple’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, working from his parents’ song, assembled a team of talented storytellers and animators to create an anti-war short film and plea for peace, as overseas wars like those in Gaza and Ukraine continue to produce unspeakable horrors against humanity. 

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BONUS SHORTS

I’M HIP
John Musker, USA, 2023, 4 min.

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WILD SUMMONS
Karni Arieli & Saul Freed, UK, 2023, 14 min., narrated by Marianne Faithfull.

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PROGRAM "C" LIVE ACTION

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS

Estimated 2024 run time = 133 minutes. Estimated finish circa 8:50 pm. Rating: mixed PG-13/R.

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THE AFTER
Misan Harriman, UK, 2023, 18 min.

The After
is a powerful and affecting story that follows Dayo (David Oyelowo), a Londoner who has to reconnect with himself and society after witnessing a devastating random attack in the capital.

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE
Nazrin Choudhury, USA, 2023, 23 min.

Rachel is a single parent living paycheck to paycheck. When an unexpected pregnancy threatens to unravel her already precarious position, she’s forced to cross state lines in search of an urgent and necessary abortion. As she reflects upon the series of events that created this journey and the obstacles placed in her path, we learn a heartbreaking truth that means her life will never be the same again.

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RIDDER LYKKE (KNIGHT OF FORTUNE)
Lasse Lyskjær Noer, Denmark, 2023, 25 min, in Danish & Swedish w/ English subs.

Two very different men meet in a funeral home, each grieving for their wives, and have an unusual adventure. The loss of a loved one, the grief,  and a coffin, is too much for Karl to face. It is much easier to fix a broken lamp. Then he meets Torben – a destined brother. An absurd, humorous, and melodic meeting between two old men captured by grief.

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INVINCIBLE
Vincent René-Lortie, Canada, 2022, 30 min,  in French w/ English subs.

Inspired by a true story, Invincible recounts the last 48 hours in the life of Marc-Antoine Bernier, a 14-year-old boy on a desperate quest for freedom.

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THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR
Wes Anderson, US/UK, 2023, 37 min.

Part of a series of magnificent interpretations of the short works of Roald Dahl by the auteur director Wes Anderson. This is the story of a man who discovers that he can manipulate games of chance through the power of his mind, which produces an unexpected effect on the way he lives his life and thinks about other people.

Dahl’s interests in luck, trickery and the mechanics of power are all on display here, but the story feels light and breezy thanks to Anderson’s expertise. Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley and Richard Ayoade each play two roles to bring it all to life, with Jarvis Cocker and Rebecca Cornford each giving multiple supporting performances.

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DRINKS & DINING

CLICK TO ENLARGEIt couldn’t be easier – across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

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.

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