Sedona News – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of the 2024 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Feb. 17-22 at the Alice Gill-Sheldon and Mary D. Fisher Theatres.
Now an annual film festival tradition, Sedona audiences will be able to see all of the short films nominated for Academy Awards before the Oscar telecast on March 10. A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. All of the Documentary Short Film nominees will be featured in this program.
The Oscar-nominated Documentary Shorts Program will include:
• Island In Between (Taiwan): From Taiwan’s frontline amid rising tensions with China, filmmaker S. Leo Chiang weaves lyrical glimpses of local life with his own struggle negotiating ambivalent bonds to Taiwan, China, and the US. “Island In Between” explores the uneasy peace in Taiwan, and contemplates its uncertain future.
• Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó (USA): Nǎi Nai is my grandma. Wài Pó is also my grandma. Together, they are a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away.
• The ABCs of Book Banning (USA): Over 2000 books have been removed from school districts in the U.S. “The ABCs of Book Banning” follows the human toll the future will pay for depriving children of their right to read and learn about a complex world. Interviews with children and authors shed light on this ongoing dangerous precedent.
• The Last Repair Shop (USA): Tells the story of four unassuming heroes who ensure no student is deprived of the joy of music. It is also a reminder of how music can be the best medicine, stress reliever and even an escape from poverty.
• The Barber of Little Rock (USA): The Barber of Little Rock explores America’s widening racial wealth gap through the story of Arlo Washington, a local barber whose visionary approach to a just economy can be found in the mission of People Trust, the nonprofit community bank he founded.
The Oscar Documentary Shorts Program will show: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 19 and 21 at 3:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.