Synopsis & Film Details
For two nights only, Filmworks presents an exclusive presentation of the year’s Oscar-nominated short films, just weeks before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its winners. For the ninth straight year, Filmworks continues its tradition of bringing the world’s best animated, live-action, and documentary short-form cinema to the Central Valley. The two evenings will feature five full programs of Academy Award-nominated short movies. A special $15 double-feature ticket will be available for any two programs.
Break between Thursday animation and live action programs: 53 minutes.
Break between Friday animation and live action programs: 53 minutes.
Break between Friday live action and documentary programs: 43 minutes.
ANIMATION — 102 minutes
Get a Horse! — Mickey Mouse and his friends enjoy a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.
Mr. Hublot — The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.
Feral — A hunter finds a wild boy who has grown up in the woods, returning him to civilization.
Possessions — 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 — A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure.
Note: The animated lineup will also include three additional “highly recommended” titles: A La Francaise, The Missing Scarf, and The Blue Umbrella. The program is family friendly.
LIVE ACTION — 112 minutes
Helium — A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called Helium, told to him by the hospital janitor.
The Voorman Problem — A psychiatrist is called to a prison to examine an inmate named Voorman, who is convinced he is a god. Starring Martin Freeman.
Avant que de tout perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) — Miriam leaves her abusive husband and takes refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.
Aquel no era yo (That Wasn’t Me) — Paula, a Spanish aid worker, encounters an African child soldier named Kaney.
Do I Have to Take Care of Everything — Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children interfere with her efforts.
DOCUMENTARY — 190 minutes (includes a 10-minute intermission)
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life — At age 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world’s oldest pianist . . . and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance, we find her passion for music.
Karama Has No Walls — When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country.
Facing Fear — As a gay 13-year-old, Matthew Boger endured a savage beating at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis. Twenty-five years later, he meets one of them again by chance.
CaveDigger — New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons.
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall — In a maximum security prison, the terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.
The Tower Theatre
The crown jewel of Fresno’s hottest nightlife neighborhood, The Tower Theatre lends its name to an area that has been a community focus of arts and entertainment for generations. Opened in 1939 as a 20th Century Fox Movie House, the theater was restored in 1990 and reopened as a center for the performing arts. In 1992, the theater– a moderne art deco masterpiece– was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to Fresno Filmworks since 2002.
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The Rogue Performance & Art Festival
Celebrating independent performers and artists from all over the world, the Rogue presents its 13th annual non-juried fringe festival Feb. 27 through March 7 throughout the Tower District and downtown Fresno.