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OSCAR® Qualified Shorts Showcase

January 26, 2021, 6:00 P.M. PST

Live Online Webinar

Outside the Box [Office] invites you to a special live screening of
 

OSCAR® Qualified Shorts Showcase

8 new short films competing for the
2021 ACADEMY AWARDS®


Featuring:

AUGUSTUS
KAPAEMAHU
ELO (TIE)
THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING
PURPLEBOY
LOST & CROWNED
CARNE (FLESH)
GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC.

Followed by a Pre-Recorded Roundtable with the Filmmakers

6:00 P.M. PST on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

REGISTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE:
http://cinema.usc.edu/OscarShortsLive


All 8 short films will be screened directly through the Webinar.
Total running time: 93 minutes.


Open to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and the General Public.
 

About the Shorts


AUGUSTUS

Directed by USC Alumnus Jon Alston. Running time: 15 minutes.

Augustus, a literate escaped slave masquerading as a free man in Massachusetts in 1841, experiences nightmares of his son's death and a future that resembles the struggles of his own time. Shaken to his core, Augustus realizes the horrors of slavery and racial inequalities will continue if he remains complicit. He's left with one choice; speak up or lose his freedom.

https://www.augustus.film/

KAPAEMAHU

Written, Directed, and Produced by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson.
Running time: 8 minutes and 28 seconds.

Kapaemahu tells the long forgotten story of four mahu, extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. Although the stones still stand on Waikiki Beach, the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, and seen through the eyes of a curious child, the story of Kapaemahu brings to life this powerful legend in richly hand-drawn and 2-D animation.

https://www.kapaemahu.com/

ELO (TIE)

Directed by Alexandra Ramires. Running time: 11 minutes and 36 seconds.

Profoundly titled ELO, the Portuguese word for link, this animated short film explores our connection to the environment and the forces around us. Under a gloomy sun, two characters look for that link. He and She [Ele e Ela] are two lonely souls, hiding to the world their very special features. Animated with stunning hand-drawn, graphite pencil sketches, ELO proposes that if you let nature be your teacher, you might find the link.

https://www.bandoaparte.net/animation

THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING

Directed by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. Running time: 15 minutes.

When a woman is bedridden by a mysterious pathogen, a forest snail unexpectedly takes up residence on her nightstand. Together, the woman and snail share an intimate journey of survival and resilience. Their captivating and graceful explorations expand the boundaries of the bedroom. An intimate and surprising live action story. Adapted from the award-winning nonfiction memoir of the same title.

https://wildsnailfilm.org

PURPLEBOY

Directed by Alexandre Siqueira. Running time: 13 minutes and 55 seconds.

Oscar is a child who sprouts in his parent’s garden. Nobody knows his biological sex but he claims the male gender. One day Oscar lives an extraordinary but painful adventure in an authoritarian and oppressive world. Will he manage to have the identity recognition he desires so much?

https://www.bandoaparte.net/animation

LOST & CROWNED

Directed by Borja Peña Gorostegui. Running time: 11 minutes and 50 seconds.

Peter and his relentlessly curious younger brother, Larry, are tasked with guarding the Red King’s crown, but Larry can’t keep his hands to himself.

https://www.lostandcrownedfilm.com/

CARNE (FLESH)

Directed by Camila Kater. Running time: 12 minutes.

Rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done. Through personal stories, five women share their experiences in relation to the body, from childhood to old age.

https://camilakater.com/2020/11/20/carne/
https://www.facebook.com/carneflesh

GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC.

Directed by Maryam Mohajer. Running time: 4 minutes and 39 seconds.

My grandad was a romantic. He once saw a picture of my granny and realized that she was the love of his life. This story sounds just like a fairytale. All it needs is a happy ending.

https://www.facebook.com/Grandadwasaromantic

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu