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2023 Oscar Shorts: Documentary

February 17, 2023 - March 12, 2023

Single Program Tickets $12      Oscar Festival Passes $25        Not sure where our theaters are?     Purchase Tickets Any other Questions? Send an email to editor@TheRyder.com 

Five thoughtful stories make up this year’s slate of nominees. The documentary program is the longest of the three (2 hours, 50 minutes). You can split the docs in two viewings: watch the first three and then come back on another night to watch the last two, (no extra charge).

The Elephant Whisperers (Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga) A South Indian couple adopt an orphaned baby elephant. How cool is that? Kartiki Gonsalves spent five years documenting the incredible familial love that forms between the couple and Raghu. (India/40 minutes)

Haulout (Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev) These brother and sister filmmakers tell the story of a scientist observing Walrus migration in the Russian Arctic. (UK/25 minutes)

How Do You Measure a Year? (Jay Rosenblatt)  For 16 years Jay Rosenblatt would ask his daughter Ella the same questions. The questions are: What do you dream about? What scares you? What do you think about our relationship? The short compiles each year’s answers as Ella ages from 2 to 18, and the audience sees how the relationship evolves. Jay Rosenblatt received a nomination for last year’s When We Were Bullies. (USA/29 minutes)

The Martha Mitchell Effect (Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison) — “If it hadn’t been for Martha, there’d have been no Watergate,” said Richard Nixon. Martha Mitchell was married to Nixon’s Attorney General, John Mitchell. When Martha attempted to speak out about her suspicions, the Nixon administration did everything to keep her quiet. (USA/40 minutes)

Stranger at the Gate (Joshua Steffel and Conall Jones) A former marine consumed by Islamophobia, plans to bomb a Mosque in Muncie, Indiana. But before he does, he visits the Mosque. (USA/29 minutes)


Fri, March 10

Live Action 6:45 IU Fine Arts Theater Upstairs

Animation 7:30 IU Radio & Television Theater


Sat, March 11

Animation 2 pm IU Radio & Television

Documentary 3pm IU Fine Arts Upstairs

Live Action 4pm IU IU Radio & Television

Animation 6:45 IU Radio & Television

Documentary 7:30 IU Fine Arts Upstairs

Live Action 8:45 IU Radio & Television


Sun, March 12

Animation 2 pm IU Radio & Television

Documentary 3pm IU Fine Arts Upstairs

Live Action 4:15 IU IU Radio & Television


February 17, 2023
March 12, 2023
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