Film connoisseurs, get ready! Purchase your tickets for a seat at the DFT (Detroit Film Theater) special event tonight at 7:00 p.m. to see 2016’s most talked about cinema. The independent films will feature five shorts in the Animated and Live Action categories. The best part, all have been nominated for an Academy Award, and tonight you can make your pick! It’ll be an evening full of excitement as enthusiasts will have over an hour of viewing for both programs. If you are keen on not missing anything, don’t worry as there will be a 20 minute intermission following the first segment. During the break, head over to the beautiful Kresge Court to enjoy the DIA’s gorgeous backdrop and grab something to eat. After intermission, the Live Action shorts will begin. If you can’t make it tonight, there will be several showings of the programs running now until February 14, 2016.
General Admission is $9.50. Senior and Student tickets are $7.50 if purchased in person.
If you are interested in purchasing your tickets online and viewing the schedule, click here.
Here is the list of films and descriptions from the DFT.
ANIMATED SHORTS (approximate running time 70 mins.)
Sanjay’s Super Team (USA—Sanjay Patel) In Sanjay’s Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.
World of Tomorrow (USA—Don Hertzfeldt) A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate.
Bear Story (Chile—Gabriel Osorio) Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos (Russia—Konstantin Bronzit) Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.
Prologue (UK—Richard Williams) Clocking in at six minutes, Prologue describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Note: Prologue contains disturbing imagery and is inappropriate for younger audiences.
LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Running Time: 107 min.)
Ave Maria (Palestine/France/Germany—Basil Khalil) Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters’ vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.
Shok (Kosovo/UK—Jamie Donoughue) In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.
Everything Will Be OK (Germany/Austria—Patrick Vollrath) Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.
Stutterer (UK/Ireland—Benjamin Cleary) For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.
Day One (USA—Henry Hughes) On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labor.