For the 19th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar®-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners and experience exciting new short-form storytelling by filmmakers from around the world. A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (Estimated Running Time: 139 minutes)
Island in Between (TAIWAN/USA, 20 MINS, 2023) - Dir. S. Leo Chiang
From Taiwan’s frontline amid rising tensions with China, filmmaker S. Leo Chiang weaves lyrical glimpses of local life with his own struggle negotiating ambivalent bonds to Taiwan, China, and the US. ISLAND IN BETWEEN explores the uneasy peace in Taiwan, and contemplates its uncertain future.
Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó (USA, 16 MINS, 2023) - Dir. Sean Wang
Nǎi Nai is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma. Together, they are a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away.
The ABCs of Book Banning (USA, 27 MINS, 2023) - Dir. Sheila Nevins
Over 2000 books have been removed from school districts in the U.S. THE ABCS OF BOOK BANNING follows the human toll the future will pay for depriving children of their right to read and learn about a complex world. Interviews with children and authors shed light on this ongoing dangerous precedent.
The Barber of Little Rock (USA, 35 MINS, 2023) - Dir. John Hoffman, Christine Turner
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.
The Last Repair Shop (USA, 39 MINS, 2023) - Dir. Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot
Tells the story of four unassuming heroes who ensure no student is deprived of the joy of music. It is also a reminder of how music can be the best medicine, stress reliever and even an escape from poverty.