2018 Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films

The live action short films shown during this program are some of the finest international short subject films.  It is a rare treat to see all of them in one place BEFORE the Oscar presentaions.

(Click the titles to view the trailers)

DeKalb Elementary – Reed Van Dyk, USA, 20 mins. Inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia. Reed Van Dyk is a Los Angeles based writer/director. His most recent film DEKALB ELEMENTARY won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival and a Special Jury Award in Acting at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

The Silent Child – Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton, UK, 20 mins. The film centers around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class familyand lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

My Nephew Emmett – Kevin Wilson, Jr., USA, 20 mins. In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on true events.

The Eleven O’Clock – Derin Seale and Josh Lawson, Australia, 13 mins. The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.

Watu Wote/All of Us – Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen, Germany, 22 mins. For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust
between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.