There's a world of stunning achievement and brilliant accomplishment in this year's nominated and winning Oscar shorts. Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival and the Western Nevada Community College Lone Mountain Writers are showing eight of the films on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., in Marlette Hall at the WNCC Carson City campus, 2201 West College Parkway.
The bill of visual fare encompasses a fantastic variety of international films, both live-action and animated, including two of the Oscar-winning shorts as well as six nominated for Oscars. These films are not rated and are advised for adult fun.
The witty and comedic Dan Stroncak, a film executive and screenwriter based at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, will host the 100 minutes of cinematic excitement. Filmgoers are welcome to meet with Stroncak, T-RIFF staff, and fellow film enthusiasts after the screenings for discussion, commentary and spirited opinions.
The cost is $15 and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased from the film festival web site, www.t-riff.org, or at the door. To assure a seat, tickets need to be purchased in advance. Call for information, 775-298-0018.
This year's offerings:
"Two Cars, One Night" - (New Zealand, 13 minutes) Directed by Taika Waititi and Ainsley Gardiner. As they wait for their parents in the parking lot of a motel bar, two boys and a girl begin a tentative friendship.
"Wasp" - (United Kingdom, 23 minutes) Oscar winner directed by Andrea Arnold. Zoe is 23 years old and already the mother of four children. A chance meeting with an old flame offers her a temporary escape from her bleak life.
"Little Terrorist" - (India, 15 minutes) Directed by Ashvin Kumar. When a young Pakistani boy accidentally crosses the mine-strewn border into India in pursuit of his cricket ball, he is helped by a Hindu teacher.
"7:35 In The Morning" - (Spain, 8 minutes) Directed by Nacho Vigalondo. A woman enters the café where she has breakfast every morning and finds that all of the other diners are staring at their plates in silence. Animated:
"Birthday Boy" - (Australia, 10 minutes) Directed by Sejong Park and Andrew Gregory. Too young to realize its consequences, a little Korean boy plays at war while his father fights at the front. (Korean, with English subtitles)
"Ryan" (Canada, 14 minutes) Oscar-winner directed by Chris Landreth. Ryan Larkin, one of the most influential figures in Canadian animation, now lives on skid row following years of drug and alcohol abuse.
"Gopher Broke" - (USA, 5 minutes) Directed Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller. A hungry gopher devises a scheme that he hopes will provide him with a tasty snack.
"Rex Steele" - (USA, 12 minutes) Directed by Alex Woo. It is 1941 and the United States is at war with Nazi Germany. The U.S. government has just been informed that Eval Schnitzler has occupied a remote location near the mysterious source of the Amazon River. Convinced that his motives are more than leisurely, the United States sends Rex Steele, Nazi smasher extraordinaire, to find and foil Eval's evil plans. (Hindi, with English subtitles)
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