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February 2017

The Oscar Short Film Festival

February 10 - February 27
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♦ “There are 15 Oscar-nominated movies quietly soliciting your attention . . . The short-film nominees are often unsung awards-season highlights, too easily overlooked except for office-pool balloting purposes. The shorts display a cosmopolitan breadth and a stylistic variety that the other categories often lack. The animated nominees include handmade as well as digital productions, and dark, adult themes as well as child-friendly charm and whimsy. The live action and documentary candidates tackle painful real-world material with compassion, courage and…

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Oscar Shorts: Documentary

February 10 - February 27
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Five of the bravest international filmmakers working today tell thoughtful, compelling stories in this year’s documentary short film program.

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Oscar Shorts: Animation

February 10 - February 27
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Many Hollywood movies are like impersonal multi-national corporations; they have unimaginable budgets and nothing creative at stake. This year’s Animation nominees are small in scope, very personal, and meticulously made.

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Oscar Shorts: Live-Action

February 10 - February 27
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As usual, this year’s assortment of live-action short Oscar contenders is a celebration of intimate, personal storytelling. Every filmmaker leaves his or her fingerprints on the material.

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Banana Land

February 26 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Sunday, Feb 26th at 3pm at the IU Fine Arts Theater Bananas are a delicious and nutritious start to the day, a healthy snack and a fixture in our fruit bowls. For millions of residents in the banana lands, the production of bananas means social upheaval, violence and pesticide poisoning. Banana Land explores the origins of these disparate realities, and opens the conversation on how workers, producers and consumers can address this disconnect. A longstanding system of exploitation originates from…

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March 2017


March 3 - March 19

Before Bob Dylan, there was Pablo Neruda, the beloved, Nobel-prize winning poet from Chile. But Dylan has never been the subject of a manhunt; Neruda however, was.

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I Am Not Your Negro

March 3 @ 7:30 PM - March 5 @ 7:30 PM

Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

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March 17 - March 20

March 17, 18, 19 Academy Award Nominee BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM On the tiny Pacific island of Tanna in the Vanuatu archipelago, the younger members of two native tribes are growing restless at the restrictions of their cultural traditions. Especially upset are Wawa and Dain, whose secret plan to wed is thwarted by rival chiefs, and rather than submit, the young couple disappears into the jungle. Stay tuned for times and locations

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Fire at Sea

March 17 @ 6:45 PM - March 25 @ 7:30 PM
Fire at Sea

This 2017 Academy Award nominee tells the story of refugees and their flight to new lands. “Storytelling that allows us to consider what documentary can do. It is urgent, imaginative and necessary filmmaking.”
-Meryl Streep

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