On two Saturdays in February, the 20th and 27th, Barrington-area movie lovers will have insider access to two of the most compelling and hardest-to-see Oscar-nominated film categories — Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film. The Barrington Cultural Commission and The Catlow Theater are teaming up to bring you the five nominees in each category for a total of ten films to be shown at the Catlow!
This special viewing is just before the 2016 Academy Awards and will feature all of the nominated films. The entire showing will last from noon to 4 p.m. on both days, with the Animated Short Films shown first, beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by the Live Action Short Films, beginning at about 2:00 p.m. The admission price is $10.00.
The Animated Short Films Nominees are:
- “Bear Story” – Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
A melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner where passersby can look into the peephole of his story.
- “Prologue” – Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
2,400 years ago, four warriors battle to the death in an intense struggle witnessed by a little girl, who then runs to her grandmother for comfort.
- “Sanjay’s Super Team” – Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
Young Sanjay, a first-generation Indian-American, is obsessed with cartoons, but develops a new perspective that he and his father can both embrace.
- “We Can’t Live without Cosmos” – Konstantin Bronzit
Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.
- “World of Tomorrow” – Don Hertzfeldt
A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate.
The films in this category average a running time of less than 10 minutes. By contrast, the nominated live-action films generally look at more serious subjects and average about 20 minutes in length.
The nominations in the Live Action Category are:
- “Ave Maria” – Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent.
- “Day One” – Henry Hughes
An Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap.
- “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” – Patrick Vollrath
Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together, but something is very different.
- “Shok” – Jamie Donoughue
In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, the choices they make threaten their friendship, families and lives.
- “Stutterer” – Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a connection without revealing the speech impediment, until he is faced with meeting his online paramour in the flesh.
There will be a brief intermission between the animated and live action showings. Also, motion picture ratings are not currently available for all the films. CLICK HERE for previews and more information about each of the 2016 nominated films.
There are a limited number of seats available at the theater for this special event, so plan to purchase your tickets early. Tickets for this event are $10 each and are available at Barrington’s Catlow Theater (116 W. Main Street) and Baloney’s Restaurant Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm).
Also coming up in Barrington – On Sunday, February 28th – Hollywood’s Greatest Night Oscar® Party will take place at Barrington’s White House (145 West Main Street) from 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The red carpet will be rolled out and guests can sip champagne and nibble on hors d’oeuvres while watching the excitement of Oscar night unfold.
The broadcast will be streaming live on multiple large screens throughout the home. Dress to impress or come as your favorite celebrity, it’s sure to be a night to remember. The ticket price of $25 includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a glass of Champagne, and prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. There will also be a cash bar. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit BarringtonsWhiteHouse.com.