OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS – ANIMATED

OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 29

The Rafael again participates in the national release of short films nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards. Audiences will have the opportunity to see the nominated Live Action and Animated shorts prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 28, 2016. We will also schedule select screenings of the documentary nominees. Each category will be screened in a separate program, each requiring separate admission.

Animated Shorts Program Running Time: 91 min.

SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM
Director: Sanjay Patel
Producer: Nicole Paradis Grindle

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
Director & Writer: Don Hertzfeldt

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

Don Hertzfeldt is a two time Oscar®-nominated American independent filmmaker whose other animated films include “It’s Such a Beautiful Day”, “The Meaning of Life, Billy’s Balloon”, and “Rejected”. His work has played around the world, receiving over 250 awards, and recently made a special guest appearance on “The Simpsons”. Seven of his films have screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where he is the only filmmaker to have won the overall Grand Jury Prize for Short Film twice.

BEAR STORY
Director: Gabriel Osorio
Producer: Pato Escala

An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.

WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS
Director & Writer: Konstantin Bronzit
Producer: Alexander Boyarsky

Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.

PROLOGUE
Producer: Imogen Sutton

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. Williams – who is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, his unfinished feature “The Thief and the Cobbler” and Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol “adaptation – has worked on the film for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, U.K.

NOTE: PROLOGUE will be the last film in the program. A beautiful, hand-drawn depiction of a battle scene, there’s violence and some male nudity in it, and it’s not good for young 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 PROLOGUE, the program is acceptable for kids of all ages.

ADDITIONAL TITLES TO BE SCREENED: IF I WAS GOD, TAKING FLIGHT, THE SHORET STORY OF A FOX AND A MOUSE, THE LONELIEST SPOTLIGHT, CATCH IT