2014 Oscar Nominated Shorts, Laguna Art Museum, April 17

 

Date: April 17, 20142014 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Time: 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm screening

The Laguna Beach Film Society will screen the short films that were nominated for the 2014 Oscar awards.

ANIMATION

FERAL (USA / 13MIN)
Director: Daniel Sousa
Synopsis: A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.
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GET A HORSE! (USA / 6MIN)
Director: Lauren MacMullan
Producer: Dorothy McKim
Synopsis:Walt Disney Animation Studios’ innovative new short “Get A Horse!” is a contemporary homage to the first animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, with all-new, black-and-white, hand-drawn animation that’s paired with full-color, 3D, CG filmmaking—in the same frame. Mickey (voice of Walt Disney), his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow delight in a musical haywagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. This groundbreaking short takes a sharp turn when Mickey finds himself separated from Minnie and must use every trick up his sleeve to find his way back to her. Directed by Lauren MacMullan and produced by Dorothy McKim, “Get A Horse!” is in theaters in front of “Frozen”.
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MR HUBLOT (LUXEMBOURG/FRANCE / 11MIN)
Director and Producer: Laurent Witz
Co-Director: Alexandre Espigares
Synopsis: Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters are made partially of mechanical parts, driving huge vehicles, rub shoulders with each other. A world where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme.
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POSSESSIONS (JAPAN / 14MIN)
Director and Writer: Shuhei Morita
Producers: Yasumasa Tsuchiya, Daisuke Uchiyama, Motoki Mukaichi
Synopsis: The 18th Century. On a stormy night, deep in the mountains, a man has lost his way and comes across a small shrine. When he enters, the space suddenly turns into a room in a different world. One after another appear abandoned umbrellas, discarded kimonos, and such spectral things. The man painstakingly mends these paraphernalia, which harbor deep-seated bitterness, and brings them comfort. “How well you served people before you turned to rags. Your rest is earned.”
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ROOM ON THE BROOM (UNITED KINGDOM / 25MIN)
Director: Max Lang & Jan Lachauer
Producer: Michael Rose and Martin Pope
Synopsis: A half hour animated film based on the wonderful children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Room On The Broom is a magical tale about friendship and family from Magic Light Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.
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LIVE ACTION

DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING? (FINLAND / 7MIN)
Director: Selma Vilhunen
Producer: Elli Toivoniemi, Tuffi Films Ltd.
Synopsis: Mother Sini wakes up in a panic: she has slept in and the family is late for a wedding. She wakes up her husband Jokke and daughters Ella, 6, and Kerttu, 4. They start to prepare themselves in a hurry. Mother is going crazy since nobody else seems to be able to do anything right. Who has messed father’s shirt, hid girls’ dresses and the wedding gift?
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HELIUM (DENMARK / 23MIN)
Director: Anders Walter
Producers: Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnusson and M&M Productions
Executive Producers: Andreas Rostock, Lasse Marcussen and Henrik Gugge Garnov
Synopsis: A hospital’s eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy regain the joy and happiness of life.
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JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING (FRANCE / 30MIN)
Director: Xavier Legrand
Synopsis: While her children pretend to go to school, Miriam hurries to pick them up and take them to her work place. She explains to her boss that she has to leave the region in a rush.
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THAT WASN’T ME (SPAIN / 24MIN)
Director: Esteban Crespo
Executive Producer: Jose Luis Matas-Negrete
Synopsis: The short film AQUEL NO ERA YO, written and directed by Spanish director Esteban Crespo, tells the story of Paula and Kaney. Two characters, an African child and a Spanish woman, who could have nothing in common, but will get to join their lives forever through a life?giving shot.
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THE VOORMAN PROBLEM (UNITED KINGDOM / 13MIN)
Director: Mark Gill
Producers: Baldwin Li and Lee Thomas
Synopsis: Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman: is he a faker or a lunatic? Diagnose him insane and they can ship him off to the asylum. But before making a decision, the doctor has several questions in relation to Voorman’s claim: why would a god choose to be straitjacketed in a prison, is there a way he can validate his boast and what has any of this got to do with Belgium?

TICKET INFORMATION
Film screenings now take place at Laguana Art Museum (7:00 p.m.)! A pre-screening reception takes place at 6:00 p.m. at the museum and tickets are $20.00, which includes refreshments and the film. Tickets to the film only are free with museum admission ($5.00 & $7.00). See below for more details. Tickets and receptions are free for members of the Laguna Beach Film Society.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or by calling Membership Manager Valerie Tate at 949.494.8971 x203.

About the Screening

Screenings take place the third Thursday of every month. If you are not a member of the Film Society, tickets to the reception and screening are available online or the day of the screening.

PRE-SCREENING RECEPTION
Includes wine and hors d’oeuvres
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Free to Laguna Beach Film Society members
Non-members: $20.00 (includes film ticket)
Reception sponsor:

Nirvana-Grille

SCREENING
7:00 p.m.
Free to Laguna Beach Film Society members
Non-members: Free with museum admission ($5.00 for students and seniors, $7.00 general admission)
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BOTH EVENTS NOW TAKE PLACE AT LAGUNA ART MUSEUM!
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
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About the Film Society
The Laguna Beach Film Society screens carefully-selected films including independent, documentary, and classic films, and brings filmmakers and actors to Laguna Beach. Offerings reflect the museum’s focus on the art, people, places, and history of California.
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>> Click here for more information about the Laguna Beach Film Society and to join today!

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
http://lagunaartmuseum.org

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