For the past ten years, ShortsHD™, the global Short Movie Channel (www.shorts.tv), has worked with Magnolia Pictures to bring the Oscar Nominated short programs (Live Action/Animation/Documentary) to theaters, giving audiences a chance to see the nominees prior to Hollywood’s Big Night. This Friday, the five nominees for Animated short film will play as one program Denver, CO at Landmark’s Chez Artiste.
Visit http://www.landmarktheatres.com/denver/chez-artiste-theatre for screening times, ticket prices and additional info.
All photos courtesy of ShortsHD.

"A Single Life"

A Single Life (The Netherlands/2 mins/2014)—A young woman (Pien Feith) sits alone in her apartment eating pizza when a mysterious vinyl record appears. She places the record on the turntable and discovers that moving the needle on the record allows her to move backwards and forwards through her life, until it hits the paper, and POOF! That’s all she wrote. Clever and amusing, but at two minutes, there really isn’t much to get into. Just the simple appreciation of an idea well executed.

Directed by: Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen
Production: Job, Joris & Marieke
Written by: Marieke Blaauw


Feast (USA/6 mins/2014)—Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl breaks up with boy, boy mopes about, boy gets girl back, boy marries girl, girl has baby, everyone lives happily ever after. A standard story, but Feast is not told from the either the boy or the girl’s perspective, but from the dog’s. The dog belongs to the boy and his world is defined by how he is fed, which changes according to the phases the boy inhabits: junk food as a bachelor, health food while dating, and table scraps when the baby enters the picture. Feast is an emotional roller coaster ride that manages to hit every register in the course of six minutes.

Directed by: Patrick Osborne
Produced by: Kristina Reed
Written by: Nicole Mitchell, Raymond S. Persi, Patrick Osborne

"Me and My Moulton"

Me and My Moulton (Canada & Norway/14 mins/2014)—Written and directed by Torill Kove and narrated by Andrea Bræin Hovig, Me and My Moulton is the recollection of a young girl growing up as a middle child in mid-60s Norway. The parents of the three daughters are modernists who are out of step with the culture around them. This individualism cause anxiety in the daughters who want to fit in. They ask for a bike, and what they get is a Moulton. The animation isn’t exactly crude, but it is basic. The story is told with a deadpan delivery that lends attention to specific details over emotions and impressions. It’s not entirely successful in its endeavor, but there is just enough there to keep it moving forward.

Written & Directed by: Torill Kove
Produced by: Lisa Fearnley, Marcy Page

"The Bigger Picture"

The Bigger Picture (UK/7 mins/2014)—Blending stop-motion animation and painting, The Bigger Picture inventive tells the story of two brothers (Christopher Nightingale and Alisdair Simpson) and their sick and elderly mother (Anne Cunningham). The brother who stays at home and cares for his mother is looked down upon for not making more of himself, while the brother who has made the most of himself is a man who couldn’t care less. The two animation styles don’t entirely blend together, but they do yield a very unnatural, yet expressionistic, texture to a typical tale of death and dying.

Directed by: Daisy Jacobs
Produced by: Christopher Hees
Written by: Daisy Jacobs & Jennifer Majka

"The Dam Keeper"

The Dam Keeper (USA/18 mins/2014)—“The job of a dam keeper is to keep the darkness away,” says Narrator (Lars Mikklssen). That dam keeper operates a windmill that sits at the edge of a city, and as long as the windmill turns, the soot cloud that haunts the gates remains at bay. With a job this important, one would think that the dam keeper would be the toast of the town, but that never seems to be the case. The dam keeper is the small and dirty Pig that everyone picks on at school. Everyone, until Fox shows up. A playful sketch artist, Fox strikes up a friendship with Pig and it looks like Pig will finally have a little company in his life. Then, the story takes a hard left-turn into some very unsettling waters. And then one more, for good measure.

The Dam Keeper is a five-act play that relies on paintings to give a truly impressionistic view on bullying, isolation, and crushing emotion. Feast may contain the most sophisticated use of animation and story, but despite its cleverness, remains conventional. The Dam Keeper is something almost entirely unique.

Written & Directed by: Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi
Produced by: Megan Bartel & Duncan Ramsay