2018 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT DOCS – A

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First show: February 17

Show Added 3/11!

The annual popular program provides both the delight of discovery and renewed wonder at the ways in which the documentary cinema can explore the world through fresh points of view and unbridled curiosity. Previously, the 2018 Oscar® Short Docs program presented all five nominees in one spectacular presentation. Following our annual UP THE AWARDS BENEFIT BASH on March 4th, we will split the nominees (and winner) into two sections. If past years are any measure, advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended! Program A includes Traffic Stop, Oscar winner Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, and Edith + Eddie. (Total Run Time: 102 minutes.)

 

Program A (102 min):

TRAFFIC STOP

Featuring footage caught on a dashcam, TRAFFIC STOP tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas whose routine traffic violation quickly escalated into a dramatic arrest at the hands of a white police officer.

Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner. USA. 30 minutes.

 

HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405 

This is a portrait of a brilliant 56 year old artist who is represented by one of Los Angeles’ top galleries. Her body of raw, emotional work reveals a lifetime of depression and mental disorder. Mindy Alper has suffered through electro shock therapy, multiple commitments to mental institutions and a 10-year period without speech. Her only consistent means of communicating has been to channel her hyper self-awareness into drawings and sculpture of powerful psychological clarity that eloquently express her emotional state. Through an examination of her work, interviews, reenactments, the building of an eight and a half foot papier-mache’ bust of her beloved psychiatrist, we learn how she has emerged from a life of darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and support.

Directed by Frank Stiefel. USA. 40 minutes.

EDITH + EDDIE 


Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

Directed by Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wrights. USA. 29 minutes.

 

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