Monday , May 27 2024

View Oscar-nominated Short Films this Week in the Valley

If you want to get up to speed on the short films that are up for Academy Awards, your chance is coming up during the next two nights.
KSEE24 Sunrise Anchor Carina Corral sat down with the President of Fresno Filmworks, Jefferson Beavers, to talk about this event bringing the best, foreign short-films to the valley.

JEFFERSON BEAVERS: "This is the tenth year in a row that Fresno Filmworks and the Tower District have brought the world’s best foreign short film movies to the valley. This is 15 movies from 11 counties and 9 languages in categories of animation, live action and documentary. It’s the only place in the Fresno area to see these Academy Award nominated shorts on the big screen."
CARINA: "What are some of the films that will be shown?"
Jefferson: "I haven’t seen the live action program, but one of my favorite animated ones is by Disney. It’s called, "Feast." It’s the story of this man who sees his history through his relationship with his dog and so you see his life through the eyes of his dog and their meals together. The documentary program is Thursday night, it’s a bit heavy. One of the programs is called, "Crisis Hotline." It’s about hotline workers who work with veterans who call in dealing with PTSD and other kinds of stress. With "American Sniper" out that’s very much in the spotlight. Those are among the ones I’ve seen. I’ve heard that one of the best live action ones is called Butterlamp. It’s a nomad photographer who travels to Tibet who takes portraits of people in front of unusual backgrounds. So it’s a wide variety of stories and little something for everyone."
CARINA: "Lots to choose from, so how do people go about picking which ones they’re going to see and how much does it cost?"
JEFFERSON: "There’s three different programs. Documentary is Thursday night at 7 at the Tower Theater. Live action is Friday night at 5:30 and animation is at 8:30. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors and a $15 double feature ticket that you can pick any two programs. There’s so much variety and different styles, depending on what you’re interested in, there should be plenty to choose from."
CARINA: "And before you go in to see these Academy Award nominated films, you get the red carpet treatment." 
JEFFERSON: "That’s right. At Filmworks we always try to do it up a little special for the Oscar shorts. We have the red carpet photobooth so you can come dressed to the nines your best outfit. We’ll have our Oscar statues that you can take pictures with. We’re also inviting 300 high school and college students from Fresno State, Fresno Pacific and the Sunnyside High Video Production Academy to join us and so they’ll enjoy their time on the red carpet and you can talk with them, too, hopefully future film makers. 
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