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Oscar Shorts season starts with the Docs in two weeks

This year's regional focus ... ticket winners ... seating and food options ...

Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17, kicks off Oscar shorts season at Memorial Hall with the five documentary Oscar nominees plus a bonus short by Cincinnati filmmaker Andrea Torrice. Broadcast and print coverage will hit in the coming days – now is the time to get your tickets, ahead of the rush, while box seats are still available.

Congrats to Short Docs ticket winners J. Dusterberg, J. Macke and B. Speer via audience survey drawings. Sharing your feedback pays dividends.

Several news items below – Short Doc Highlights and Updates, plus March dates and other happenings at the bottom. If you have questions or need assistance, call (859) 957-FILM. And please, pass this along to those who might enjoy the Oscar Shorts.

See you at CWC,
Tim Swallow


Some slates in past years were powerful but depressing. This year's short docs offer inspiring, life-affirming looks at some of the key issues of our time, demonstrating the resiliency and triumph of the human spirit in overcoming adversity:
  • The power of love – America's oldest interracial newlyweds. 
  • Three women employ compassion to fight the opioid epidemic and hold their town together.
  • How five courageous African American mothers in Ohio overcame segregation to get their kids an education in 1954.
  • Rebuilding lives with dignity and purpose for formerly incarcerated men and women.
  • Art saves a life – how an artist emerged from darkness to a life with love, trust and laughter. 
  • Fueling a national conversation on racism - the experience of a young female African-American school teacher.
This is the only opportunity in the metro area to see all the nominated short docs on the big screen at the same time and in the same place – tell your friends, colleagues, educators and students. 

Everything you need to know – film descriptions, tix, parking, food and more – is here, on one convenient event webpage, with a new seating chart showing box layout and where not to sit. Retooled the webpage, with expandable content – let me know if you like it (or don't).  

Four short docs by women dominate the 2018 slate of films – much better representation than the rest of the Academy. This year all films deal with life in America and three are close to home – Hillsboro, Cleveland, and Huntington.

Post-film discussion leaders are in place: Kati Burwinkel, Melissa Godoy, David Schloss and yours truly, bios on the event page.

Coffee Emporium will provide food in the Ballroom Saturday between the 4 and 7 pm screenings, bring an appetite! The interval between programs is too short on Friday and we posted a list of recommended restaurants for pre-film dining.

As usual, there are two distinct programs, A & B, with three films each: A-B on Friday, B-A on Saturday. The 6:30 and 9:00 show times on Friday was not a first choice, but the venue was booked in the afternoon Sunday, making Friday the lesser of two evils. Screenings Saturday are at 4:00 and 7:00.

Single program tickets are $10 general admission, $15 reserved boxes. Combo tickets for both programs are $18 and $28 respectively. Tix at the door are $5 more across the board. Order by phone (859) 957-3456, online, or the button at the top of this email. A limited number of single tickets are available at the Coffee Emporium locations in Hyde Park and OTR. 


Live Action and Animated Oscar Shorts, March 10 and 11. Tickets go on sale circa February 7 or 8 - sooner for CWC film family - stay tuned. We'll have some bonus films plus food both days in the Memorial Hall Ballroom, more news coming soon.

Feb 12:       BYE BYE GERMANY  

Other events worth your consideration, at Memorial Hall:

Feb 14:       Valentine's Day Dinner.
Feb 21:       Valerie June with The War and Treaty.
Mar 01:       Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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