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2018’s Oscar Nominated Shorts Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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2018’s Oscar Nominated Shorts

  • Date: February 27
  • Time:
    10:00 am TO 11:30 am
  • Price: $6 - $10
    $6/screening or $10/both screenings

MULTIPLE SCREENINGS THROUGHOUT THE DAY: Animated (content for all ages) at 10am & 4pm and Live Action (adult themes) at 12:30 & 7pm


See all the nominees at Gorton before Oscars Night!

Gorton will show two of the three categories offered – Animated and Live Action – this is your chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday, March 4th.


ANIMATED SHORTS – 10:00am and 4:00pm screenings – Tickets $6

A collection of the five nominees for the animated short films category of 2018’s Academy Awards. These films will be followed by three additional animated short films that exemplify exceptional film making as well. Descriptions of all these films can be found below. The program will last 83 minutes.


LIVE ACTION SHORTS – 12:30pm and 7:00pm screenings – Tickets $6

A collection of the five nominees for the live action short films category of 2018’s Academy Awards. Descriptions of all these films can be found below.  While these films are not rated, the subject matter in the action shorts is at times graphic, violent and presenting adult themes. The program will last 99 minutes.





Dear Basketball

Synopsis: On the eve of his retirement from basketball, NBA legend Kobe Bryant describes his love for the game, which began when he was a young child. From his youthful dreams of glory to his 20-year career, Bryant describes how he and basketball have given each other all they have. His inspiring poem, DEAR BASKETBALL is stunningly drawn to life by veteran animation director Glen Keane and set to the music of legendary composer John Williams.

Director: Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant

Country of Origin: United States
Language: English


Garden Party

Synopsis: A luxurious villa and its grounds have become home to amorous, hungry and accident-prone frogs and toads. While they enjoy the bounties on offer, including caviar and macaroons, the amphibians uncover the whereabouts of the villa’s owner.

Director: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon
Country of Origin: France
Language: French


Synopsis: Lou, the guardian of the lost and found box at an elementary school, tries to teach young bully J.J. that giving to the other kids will make him feel better than stealing from them.

Director: Dave Mullins and Dana Murray

Country of Origin: United States
Language: English


Negative Space
Synopsis: Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.

Director: Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

Country of Origin: France
Language: English


Revolting Rhymes
Synopsis: The Wolf from the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” reveals the true and twisted story of his adventures and those of other characters in his world, including Snow White, Cinderella and Jack, the climber of beanstalks. The film is based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

Director: Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English


Additional Films Shown at the animated screenings: Lost Property Office (Daniel Agdag, Australia, 10 minutes), Coin Operated (Nicholas Arioli, USA, 5 minutes) and Achoo.



DeKalb Elementary
Director: Reed Van Dyk
Synopsis: Steven, a mentally unstable twenty something, enters an elementary school with a semi-automatic rifle. After he orders the school receptionist, Cassandra, to have the building evacuated, he holds her hostage and instructs her to call 911. With Cassandra as his go-between, Steven tries to navigate the troubled waters he has entered.

Director: Reed Van Dyk

Country of Origin: United States
Language: English


The Eleven O’Clock
Director: Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
Synopsis: A psychiatrist earnestly tries to help his delusional patient, but his efforts are complicated by the fact that the patient believes himself to be the doctor. With each trying to out-analyze the other, their session spirals out of control.

Director: Derin Seale and Josh Lawson

Country of Origin: Australia
Language: English


My Nephew Emmett
Synopsis: In 1955, two white men invade the home of Mose Wright, an African-American preacher in Mississippi, to abduct his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till, who is visiting from Chicago. Emmett has been accused of whistling at a white woman, and Mose knows that his fate will be sealed if the men succeed in taking him.

Director: Kevin Wilson Jr.

Country of Origin: United States
Language: English


The Silent Child
Synopsis: Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old, is the youngest child in a family who are all hearing. Unable to communicate but about to start school, Libby is assigned a social worker who teaches her sign language. Libby’s skeptical parents are reluctant to be involved, however, and pose a potential block to Libby’s education.

Director: Chris Overton and Rachel Senton

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English, British Sign Language


Watu Wote/All of Us
Director: Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen
Synopsis: Jua, a Christian living in Kenya, boards a chartered bus to visit a relative and is uncomfortable being surrounded by Muslim passengers. The bus is stopped by the violent terrorist group Al-Shabaab, whose members demand that the Muslims identify the Christian passengers.

Director: Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen
Country of Origin: Germany, Kenya
Language: Swahili, Somali.


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Seating is general admission


If you have any questions please contact Special Events & Film Director, Jamie Hall at jamie@gortoncenter.org