Oscar® Nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts to Play at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland
6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Benefit Supports Ashland Independent Film Festival
ASHLAND, OR. – The 2017 Oscar® winners will be announced on Feb. 26, so local film enthusiasts still have time to see the Academy Award® nominees for the animated and live action short film categories before the winners are declared. Starting Friday, Feb. 17 the Varsity Theatre in Ashland will screen the animated and live action films in two separate programs. Proceeds from the Friday evening screenings will benefit the non-profit Ashland Independent Film Festival. The programs will run for a week at the Varsity.
The 6 p.m. screening will be the Oscar® Nominated Animated Shorts. This screening is recommended for ages 8 and up with the exception of the final film Pear Cider and Cigarettes. There will be a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. The 8 p.m. screening will be the Oscar® Nominated Live Action Shorts. This program is recommended for ages 15 and up. Separate tickets are required for the two programs.
The films were made in Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Some have subtitles.
AIFF members will receive a $2 discount off of regularly priced tickets purchased at the Varsity Box Office for the Friday evening screenings. Discounts are not available online. Visit ashlandfilm.org/aiffbenefitscreening for more information.
Oscar® Nominated Animated Shorts | 6 p.m. | Running Time: 87 minutes | Recommended for ages 8 and up*
Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
USA, 7 minutes
Featured at AIFF2016
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 – dir. Patrick Osborne
USA, 6 minutes
Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down, their power to carry love…and finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.
Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro
USA, 6 minutes
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.
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev
Canada, 8 minutes
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 tormented by the two realities that she cannot reconcile.
The Head Vanishes (additional film) – dir. Franck Dion
Canada, 9 minutes
In this poetic short, animator Franck Dion (Edmond was a Donkey) invites us to share the journey of Jacqueline, an elderly woman living with degenerative dementia. Jacqueline isn’t quite in her right mind anymore, but she’s determined to take the train to the seaside, as she has done every summer. Only this year, she’s constantly being followed by some woman who claims to be her daughter, and the trip takes some unexpected and phantasmagoric turns.
Asteria (additional film)
France, 5 minutes
Asteria is an animated comedy taking place in space. It was made from start to finish by a team of students of the ESMA school (École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques), one of the best animation, design and special effects schools in France.
Once Upon a Line (additional film) – dir. Alicja Jasina
USA, 7 minutes
A man leads a monotone, humdrum existence until he suddenly falls in love. His world turns upside-down after he meets a red-haired woman who manages to break his established routine. What follows is a short portrait of a difficult relationship marked by a struggle for control and preserving one’s identity, and finally loss and depression. The ending gives hope for a new beginning and a change of perspective.
Pear Cider and Cigarettes* dir. Robert Valley
Canada and UK, 35 minutes
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.
*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 trouble friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, 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 CIDER AND CIGARETTES, the program is acceptable for kids.
Oscar® Nominated Live Action Shorts | 8 p.m. | Running Time: 134 minutes | Recommended for ages 15 and up
Sing dir. Kristof Deak
Hungary, 25 minutes
Young Zsofi is having a hard time fitting in at her new school, and her distress grows when the choir director treats her cruelly despite her love of singing. Along with her friend Liza, Zsofi investigates the revered teacher in an attempt to reveal her true nature.
Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang
Denmark, 30 minutes
A young Danish woman Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter in Copenhagen, where she meets and falls in love with Kwame, an undocumented immigrant from Ghana. The couple builds a life together, but a devastating secret from Kwame’s past may undermine their happiness.
Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena
Spain, 15 minutes
Parking lot security guard Luna is bored with her uneventful daily routine but a call about a customer complaint leads her to discover how the night guard, Diego, alleviates his boredom. Soon the pair develops a relationship by communicating through the garage’s CCTV footage.
Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi
France, 28 minutes
In the 1990s, as the Algerian civil war rages and terrorists infiltrate France, a French police officer of Algerian descent conducts a rancorous interview with a French-born Algerian man seeking naturalization.
La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten
Switzerland, 30 minutes
Elise has been waving at the express train as it passes by her home every day for three decades. A letter from the train’s conductor begins a correspondence between the two, and when the train is detoured to another route, Elise goes in search of her man.
About Ashland Independent Film Festival and Coming Attractions Theatres
The Ashland Independent Film Festival is a widely recognized and highly regarded film festival, screening 90-plus independently made documentary, narrative, animation, and short films at the Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and the Ashland Street Cinema each April. Praised by filmgoers for the intimate access it affords to filmmakers, and by filmmakers for its warm and intelligent reception given to the filmmakers, the Ashland Independent Film Festival was recently named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine. The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts have each twice awarded AIFF with rare festival support grants. The 16th annual festival will be held April 6-10, 2017.
Coming Attractions Theatres, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Ashland, Oregon when the company’s founder, John C. Schweiger, settled in Ashland and developed an interest in the local movie theatre, the art deco Varsity Theatre, built in 1937. After renovating and operating that one theatre, Mr. Schweiger’s enthusiasm for film exhibition drove his company’s expansion to include 18 theatres in small to medium‐sized markets up and down the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and most recently Alaska).