LAKE FOREST — Ever watch the Academy Awards and wonder what the short subject films are all about? The Gorton Community Center
is giving people the opportunity to see them before the ceremony.
Gorton has scheduled two showings of the animated and live action Oscar-nominated films on February 27 in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater.
“People really want to see the short films and know what they’re about but they’re hardly ever accessible,” said Jamie Hall, director of film and special events at Gorton. “We’ve shown short films here and people like them. Now they’ll have a chance to see them before the show.”
The show is the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, which will air on television at 7 p.m. March 4.
“This will enhance their Oscar experience,” said Hall.
Hall said Oscars are given in three categories for short films — animated, live action and documentary. Since this is the first year, Hall said Gorton is doing the live action and animated movies. Documentaries are longer. She said in the future they may be added.
The live action films cover subjects Hall calls “heavy topics dealing with what is happening in the world today.” She said she believes they are appropriate for high school students but the final decision should be up to parents. Topics include racism, school violence and religious intolerance.
DeKalb Elementary deals with a mentally unstable man in his 20s who enters a school with a semi-automatic rifle. The man creates a hostage situation as he tries to “navigate the troubled waters he has entered,” according to a description on the Gorton website.
Another film, My Nephew Emmett, depicts a scene where two white men enter the home of a Mississippi preacher in 1955 to take the clergyman’s nephew, Emmett Till. Till, an African American who was visiting from Chicago, was lynched for whistling at a white woman, according the New York Times.
Watu Wote: All of Us tells the story of a Christian living in Kenya riding on a bus that is stopped by terrorists demanding to know who aboard are Christian.
The Silent Child is about the difficulties a deaf child has both with her hearing family and getting an education. The Eleven O’clock tells the story of a psychiatrist and a patient.
Hall said the animated films are appropriate for all ages. She said their shorter duration often holds the attention of young children better than a feature length movie. One depicts the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood talking about dealings with Snow White and Cinderella.
The animated films also tell stories about the retirement of basketball star Kobe Bryant, and one on a luxury villa that has become “home to amorous, hungry and accident-prone” frogs and toads.
There is another animated short film, Lou, about a character who is guardian of an elementary school lost and found box. In another, a father often away from home connects with his son by showing him how to pack a suitcase.
The animated shorts will be shown at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Three additional movies will be added to make it an 88-minute show.
The live action pictures will be shown at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The showing lasts 99 minutes.
Tickets cost $6 for a show or $10 to both the animated and live action movies. Water, soda, candy and popcorn will be sold. Alcoholic beverages will be on sale for the evening show.
Click here to read a more detailed description of the films and other information about the event on the Gorton website.