Preview of OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS

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MMVCT and State Theatre Center for the Arts Oscar Red Carpet Even

Oscar Red Carpet Reception begins with a reception at 6:30PM Friday January 31st 

First showing will include the Live Action Short Films beginning at 7:00PM followed by intermission and viewing of the Animation Short Films.


The Oscar Nominated Shorts will be shown before the Academy Awards are televised on Sunday February 8th, 2020 at the State Theatre, 27 East Main St. Uniontown, PA.  15401

This is the first year the Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust is partnering with the State Theater Center for the Arts to bring the Oscar Nominated Short Films available to the Mon and Yough Valley residents and a great way to be a part of the excitement the Academy Awards brings to outstanding accomplishments in cinema.  Short films give filmmakers the opportunity to get themselves and their projects in front of studios where their projects can be expanded and funded. At the same time, short films are important to studios because it helps them to discover new filmmakers and new material to pick up and expand.  This is your chance to view some of the best features for 2020!  You will also have an opportunity to predict the winners!

How much are the tickets and how can I purchase?

Tickets are $25.00 and  can be purchased directly at the State Theatre Box Office in person or by calling 724-439-1360.  Online purchase is also available at the State Theatre website http://www.statetheatre.info/ or with a click below for a small processing fee.

What do the tickets include?

Included in your ticket price you will view 5 Nominated Oscar films in each category, Animation and Live Action, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine & soft drinks and a Popcorn intermission! 

What to wear?

This Red Carpet Event can be casual or a time to wear that formal dress and tuxedo waiting to break out of the closet!  Relax and enjoy the paparazzi atmosphere with a selfie photo taken in front of a Red Carpet custom background!

What are Live Action Shorts?

The Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film is an award given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as part of the Academy Awards annually since the 5th Academy Awards, covering the year 1931–32, to the present.  Awards were presented to the shorts' producers during the first five decades of the award's existence. Current Academy rules call for the award to be presented to "the individual person most directly responsible for the concept and the creative execution of the film. In the event that more than one individual has been directly and importantly involved in creative decisions, a second statuette may be awarded".   The Academy defines short as being "not more than 40 minutes, including all credits".

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DIRECTOR: DELPHINE GIRARD

Producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart (VERSUS Production)

NATIVE TITLE:     UNE SOEUR


Director’s Biography: Born in the heart of the French-Canadian winter, Delphine Girard moved to Belgium a few years later. after starting her studies as an actress, she transferred to the directing department at the iNSaS in Brussels. her graduation film, MONSTRE, won several awards in Belgium and around the world. after leaving the school, she worked on several films as an assistant director, children's coach or casting director ("Our children" by Joachim la Fosse, "Mothers’ instinct" by Olivier Masset-Depasse) while writing and directing the short film CAVERNE, adapted from a short story by the American author holly Goddard Jones. A SISTER is her second short film. She is currently working on her first feature and a fiction series. 

Synopsis:   A night. A car. Alie is in trouble. To get by she must make the most important call of her life. 

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Director: MERYaM JOOBEUR

Producers: Habib Attia (Cinetelefilms), Sarra Ben-Hassen, Maria Gracia Turgeon (Midi La Nuit)

      

Native Title: VElJEYS
  

Director’s Biography:  Tunisian-American writer/director Meryam Joobeur is a graduate of Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montréal. She is currently developing three feature films including the feature version of BROTHERHOOD and has participated in the Berlinale Talent Lab (2016) TIFF talent lab (2016) and the Rawi Screenwriter’s lab (2016). 

Meryam Joobeur, Annick Blanc and Andréas Rocksen

    

Synopsis: Mohamed is a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons. Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife. Tension between father and son rises over three days until reaching a breaking point. 

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Director: YVES piat

Producers: Damien Megherbi and Justin Pechberty

    

Director’s Biography: Yves piat discovered the world of cinema through his technician work as a decorator and studio manager on set. he developed the Nefta Football club story by mixing a personal experience coming from his childhood and his observations after several journeys in South Morocco. 

    

Synopsis: two young brothers come across a donkey in the desert. Strangly, the animal is wearing headphones over its ears. 

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Director: BRYaN BUcklEY

Producers: Matt Le Febvre and Aura Santamaria

  Director’s Biography: the New York times has dubbed Oscar-Nominee Bryan Buckley the "King of the Super Bowl,” having directed over 60 commercials for the big game since 2000. in 2013, Buckley wrote and directed the short film ASAD, which received an academy award nomination for “Best live action Short Film” and was cited by archbishop Desmund tutu in a speech as having helped stem xenophobia in his country. Buckley then followed up his short with two feature films - the 2015 Sundance Film Festival opener, THE BRONZE, and THE PIRATES OF SOMALIA, which had its world premiere at the 2017 tribeca Film Festival. a 2010 adweek Readers poll named Buckley the commercial Director of the Decade - he was also named one of the 50 best creative Minds in the last 25 years by creativity Magazine. Buckley is an esteemed recipient of the DGa award, multiple Emmys, and over 50 cannes lions. Most recently, he won the 2019 cannes Grand prix for his work on MARCH FOR OUR LIVES GENERATION LOCKDOWN,” done in support of the S.42 Background check Expansion ac

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Synopsis: SARIA is the tale of two inseparable orphaned sisters, Saria and Ximena, as they fight against daily abuse and unimaginable hardship at Virgen de la asuncion Safe home in Guatemala. Our story follows the events leading up to the tragic fire in 2017 that claimed the lives of 41 orphaned girls. SARIA is premiering at the 2020 Oscar Shorts 

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Director: MaRShall cURRY

Producers: Jonathan Olson and Julia Kennelly and Elizabeth Martin

    

Director’s Biography: Marshall curry is a three-time academy award nominated documentary director, cinematographer, and editor. his films cover a wide range of interests and include STREET FIGHT, about cory Booker's first run for mayor of Newark, N.J.; RACING DREAMS, which tells the story of two boys and a girl who dream of becoming NaScaR drivers; IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT, which chronicles a radical environmental group; POINT AND SHOOT, about an american who leaves home to join the libyan revolution; and A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, about a Nazi rally that filled Madison Square Garden in 1939. his films have won top honors at Sundance and tribeca, played in theaters and on television around the world, and earned two Emmy nominations and two Writers Guild of america nominations. curry also Executive produced and helped to edit MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS, a comedy documentary about the indie rock band, the National. 

    

Synopsis: THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW tells the story of Alli (Maria Dizzia), a mother of young children who has grown frustrated with her daily routine and husband (Greg Keller). But her life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street and she discovers that she can see into their apartment.  Inspired by a true story, the film was written and directed by three-time Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, Marshall Curry. Starring Tony-nominated Maria Dizzia (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, 13 REASONS WHY, WHILE WE’RE YOUNG); Greg Keller (LAW AND ORDER); and Juliana Canfield (SUCCESSION