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Oscar Shorts: Animation

February 10, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Feb 10-26 / Special Screening Sunday, Feb 19th at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

You can purchase tickets to the Feb 19th screenings at the BCT here.

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One of the most entertaining categories at the Academy Awards — and one of the least heralded — is for the Best Animated Short Subject. We are screening the five nominees in that category along with three films short-listed for a nomination. So there are eight films in all totaling 86 minutes in length


Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes

Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes

Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes

Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes

Pear Brandy and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes*

The Head Vanishes (Bonus Film) – 9 minutes

Asteria (Bonus Film) – 5 minutes

Happy End (Bonus Film)


* Important note: Pear Cider and Cigarettes, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, it includes violence, language, sex, and drug use, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. Other than Pear Brandy and Cigarettes, the program is kid-friendly.


Blind Vaysha: Young Vaysha was born with unusual sight: her left eye can see only the past and her right eye can see only the future, while the present is a blind spot. Called “Blind Vaysha” by the people of her village, the girl is trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. In this metaphoric tale of timeless wisdom and beauty, filmmaker Theodore Ushev reminds us of the importance of living in the present moment. Ushev, who specializes in linocut block printing, ambitiously recreated the century-old process for his animated work.

Borrowed Time: A sheriff of the Old West returns to the scene of a tragic accident from his past that shaped his life. As memories wash over him, he is engulfed by emotion and must find the strength to carry on with his lifelong quest for redemption.

Pearl: An itinerant musician travels around the country with his young daughter in their old hatchback and juggles his passion for performing with providing his daughter with a stable life. Pearl is a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places. Director Patrick Patrick took home
the 2015 Oscar for Best Animated Short with “Feast.”

Piper: Young Piper, a sandpiper hatchling, leaves her nest for the first time to hunt for food but is too scared of the crashing waves to reach the yummy morsels hidden in the sand. After meeting an unusual ally, Piper attempts to face her fears and increase her confidence.

Pear Cider and Cigarettes: Hard-living Techno Stypes has been Robert’s best friend since childhood, and over the years, Robert has been amazed by Techno’s ability to sabotage himself. When Techno is hospitalized in China and needs a liver transplant, Robert goes on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.


Fri Feb 24
Oscar Shorts Animation 6:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Shorts Live Action 8:15 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs

Oscar Shorts Documentary Program I 7:15 pm @ IU Woodburn Hall
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program II 8:40 @ IU Woodburn Hall

Sat, Feb 25
Oscar Shorts Animation  2:30 and 6:45 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Shorts Live Action 4:10 and 8:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program I 3pm @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program II 4:20 @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs

Oscar Shorts Documentary Program I 7:30 @ IU Woodburn
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program II 8:50 @ IU Woodburn

Sun, Feb 26

Oscar Shorts Animation  2pm @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs – Last Chance!
Oscar Shorts Live Action 3:45 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs – Last Chance!

Oscar Shorts Documentary Program I 5:30 @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!
Oscar Shorts Documentary Program II 7pm @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!

Banana Land 3pm @ IU Fine Arts Downstairs
presented in part by the  LOTUS EDUCATION AND ARTS FOUNDATION  and by the  BLOOMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presenting “Scene Change: Music of Latin America” on March 4 at the BCT


February 10, 2017
February 26, 2017
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