"2013 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action" at the Harvard Exit

 

We will be attending the 4:25 showing of the 2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action at the Harvard Exit Theater. Here is a description of this program copied from Landmark Theatres's web site:

"Don't miss this rare opportunity to see all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Live Action Short! This year's program will be hosted by last year's winner: Luke Matheny, writer/director of "God of Love." Program includes: "Asad" (South Africa/USA), a coming-of-age fable of a Somali boy who is faced with either falling into a life of piracy, or choosing the path of an honest fisherman; "Buzkashi Boys" (Afghanistan/USA), the story of two best friends—a street urchin and a blacksmith's son—who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in war-torn Kabul; "Curfew" (USA), in which Richie, at the lowest point of his life, gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece Sophia for the evening; "Death of a Shadow" (Belgium/France), in which a strange collector imprisons the shadow of Nathan (Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone), a soldier who died during World War I, and gives him a second life against 10,000 captured shadows; and "Henry" (Canada), in which Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil the day the love of this life, Maria, disappears mysteriously."

Here is the web site for this collection of shorts where one view the trailer and explore more details of the program:

Short Subjects: Live Action trailer

Meet me in the lobby (i.e., room with the piano) of the Harvard Exit at 4:00. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, black rain hat....). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile to assist you in identifying for whom to look.

The program will be shown in the first floor screening room which is ADA accessible.

There will be an optional food and beverage stop at the conclusion of the program (i.e., after all of the credits have rolled by). Meet me in the lobby where we will regroup and decide which establishment to patronize.

If you interested in having a light snack before the performance meet me at 3:00 pm in the DeLuxe Grill which is just up the block (one store front) from the Harvard Exit. They have a happy hour menu from 3:00 to 6:00. Here is the menu

DeLuxe Bar and Grill happy hour menu

George Liu

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  • Steve S.

    Jen and I missed the Meet-up, but we finally got around to seeing this collection tonight. I think it was the best crop of shorts this year. (More often it seems like there are more winners in the animated category, and I don't think I've seen a doc shorts collection until this year.) As for these shorts, I liked the steampunk weirdness of _Death of a Shadow_, the great photography of _Buzkashi Boys_, and the clever turn in _Asad_ (which I had already seen at SIFF 2012), but my favorite was _Curfew_, which had the most interesting collection of feelings running through it.

    February 19, 2013

  • Jessica S.

    I gave three stars since I had hoped for more group interaction. I found the selections this year to be very dark, particularly compared to the shorts last year. War and destruction were a significant thread, perhaps a commentary on our current obsessions and fears. There were some glimmers of humor, and they were very welcome. I agree with George that production values were impressively high. The Afghani film appears to be a film-training project; all Western credits with Afghani interns and assistants - a nice effort. I thought the acting was very strong and I was particularly taken by the young girl in the near-suicide film (sorry, I always forget titles). I don't have a strong favorite. I liked aspects of each. Does the group ever get together to discuss films after the event? I'm new to Seattle and was hoping for some social time with the group.

    February 11, 2013

    • George L.

      Jessica: Thank you for your insightful comments. Unless a cinema meetup is scheduled for late in the evening there will usually be a discussion at a nearby cafe or restaurant afterwards [at Lawrence of Arabia I was in discussion until about 12:30 am]. As the write-up stated the folks interested in having the discussion were to meet in the lobby at the conclusion of the film. Participants have to self identify themselves because I, the organizer, am not sure who is still around and wants to participate. As it turns out there were only three of us so we went to the Roy Street Coffee and Tea cafe and had an interesting discussion on a number of film related topics that last about one and one-half hours. I am sorry that you missed this, but now you know that there usually is a post-event meeting. This is what makes it a meetup.

      February 11, 2013

    • Jessica S.

      Thanks, George. I will certainly hang around next time for the discussion. Glad to hear that others find Lawrence of Arabia as fascinating as I do. On a side note, my uncle created the posters for that film and had a sword from it in his possession, which one of my cousins used to chase me around the house.

      February 11, 2013

  • laura

    Jessica-- did you look for George in the lobby beforehand? We were unaware there was anyone else in our group. He always describes himself on the page. Even if you don't see him beforehand, we meetup afterward in the lobby before we head out to a restaurant. Check us out next time. Sorry we missed you and welcome to Seattle!

    February 11, 2013

    • Jessica S.

      Thanks, Laura. I'll be more assertive next time.

      February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I liked all of the stories. Yes the Somalia, Afghanistan, Canada, Canada were all good.

    February 11, 2013

  • Carolyn P.

    Hi guys. I saw these the same day I went to the animated shorts event, but was curious to see what people thought. I have a split vote. Loved the moody atmosphere of Death of a Shadow. (Great steampunk set!) But was also partial to the humor in Curfew. The unexpected dance sequence midway reminded me of Hal Hartley.

    February 11, 2013

  • George L.

    Unlike some past year shorts which have the look of a low budget short or a master's project for film school, all of these had great production values. all looked first rate. I am partial to the one that is set in Somalia because it looks like a story that could have happened for the most part.

    February 10, 2013

  • laura

    Beautifully made shorts -- diamonds in a jewel box! I vote for the film made in Kabul. Enjoyed our discussion afterward at Roy Street.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this a free event?

    February 10, 2013

  • laura

    Count me in!

    February 10, 2013

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