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The 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Documentaries
Cincinnati World Cinema at Memorial Hall

The only opportunity in the metro area to see all of the nominated short docs on the big screen at the same time and in the same place.
Program A, 6:30     Program B, 9:00
Program B, 4:00     Program A, 7:00

CWC's popular annual event returns for the 17th year, sharing the delight of discovery and exploring the world through fresh points of view and unbridled curiosity. The slate this year includes three films set in our region: Hillsboro and Cleveland Ohio, and Huntington West Virginia. These life-affirming and inspirational short documentaries, four by women, two by men, demonstrate the resiliency and triumph of the human spirit in overcoming adversity.

Fri, Feb 16 6:30 PM  &  Sat, Feb 17 7:00 PM
Total Run Time approximately 95 minutes.
Program content, time and sequence subject to change, all nominees will be shown.

Mindy Alper Heroin(e)   Oscar Nominee     Trailer
Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 2017, USA, 39 min.

Filmed in Huntington WV, the overdose capital of the USA, director Elaine Sheldon examines alternative approaches to the opioid problem destroying countless lives and costing $80 billion per year. The film focuses on three women on the epidemic's front lines in Huntington – a fire chief, a judge and a street missionary. Together, they make a powerful case for compassion via delivery of the overdose antidote Naloxone to Huntington's fire houses.

Knife Skills Knife Skills   Oscar Nominee     Trailer
Thomas Lennon, 2017, USA, 40 min.

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant and rebuild human lives? Cleveland's Edwins restaurant offers high-end French cuisine to patrons and the opportunity to learn culinary skills for a staff comprised almost entirely of formerly incarcerated men and women seeking a second chance — much like the restaurant's founder.

The Lincoln School The Lincoln School Story   Bonus Doc     Trailer
Andrea Torrice, 2017, USA, 16 min.

Cincinnati filmmaker Andrea Torrice takes us to Hillsboro, Ohio, for the inspiring story of five courageous African American mothers and their children who fought for school integration in 1954. For two years, mothers and children marched every day, despite segregationist redistricting, cross burnings and legal threats. Their lawsuit against the school board was the first northern test case of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954, which had declared school segregation illegal.

Fri, Feb 16 9:00 PM  &  Sat, Feb 17 4:00 PM
Total Run Time approximately 95 minutes.
Program content, time and sequence subject to change, all nominees will be shown.

Traffic Stop   Oscar Nominee     Trailer Traffic Stop
Kate Davis, 2017, USA, 30 min.

Featuring dashcam footage, Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old female African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas, whose routine traffic violation quickly escalated into a dramatic arrest at the hands of a white police officer.

Mindy Alper Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405   Oscar Nominee
Frank Stiefel, 2016, USA, 40 min.

How art can save a life — a life-affirming portrait of Mindy Alper, a brilliant artist who has always battled depression and anxiety. Her self-awareness produced drawings and sculpture describing her state of mind with powerful psychological precision. Through her family history and her work we see how she emerged from a life of darkness and isolation to one that includes love, trust and laughter.

Mindy Alper Edith + Eddie   Oscar Nominee
Laura Checkoway, 2017, USA, 25 min.

In this heart-warming, award-winning short doc, we meet Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, who are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. A testimony to the power of love, this elderly couple is committed to being together, even as a family feud threatens to keep them apart.


Two Programs: A and B, each day, each with three short documentaries.

Location: Beautiful, newly renovated Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202.  Map and Parking Info
Friday, February 16 – Program A, 6:30; Program B, 9:00
Saturday, February 17 – Program B, 4:00; Program A, 7:00
Seat Map
Click in the image to enlarge the seating chart
  • Single tickets, orchestra and balcony, for individual programs are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
  • Combo tickets, orchestra and balcony, for programs A & B are $18 in advance, $22 at the door.
Box seats span the back of the orchestra in Memorial Hall, not the far sides as in other venues.
  • Single tickets, orchestra boxes, for individual programs are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
  • Combo tickets, orchestra boxes, for both programs A & B are $28 in advance, $32 at the door.
Click here for online tickets
All tickets available online and at (859) 957-FILM.

Post-Film Discussion Leaders:  Kati Burwinkel, Melissa Godoy & David Schloss See bios below.
Seating Comfort — Some patrons find the wooden seats to be somewhat unforgiving. You may bring a cushion with you.
• FRIDAY – the interval between programs is too short (30 min) to allow in-house food. Many patrons will eat before the 6:30 screening. Recommend the following:
  The Anchor fine dining, reservations recommended.
  Coffee Emporium quick service, soup, salads, sandwiches, walk-in.
  Symphony Hotel fine dining, reservations recommended.
  Zulla Bistro fine dining, reservations recommended.
• SATURDAY – adequate time (60 min) for food and espresso in the Memorial Hall ballroom, provided by Coffee Emporium.
  Oscar Docs Cinema Menu
QUESTIONS?   Please or call (859) 957 3456.
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Friday, February 16 & Saturday, February 17

Kati Burwinkel
Kati Burwinkel is the executive producer and also the projector director for The Lincoln School Story, a bonus film screening with this year's Oscar short documentary nominees. A native of Pittsburgh, she has degrees from Slippery Rock College and Southern States Community College.

After a career with the National Park Service as a Ranger, Kati pursued a second chapter in life in nursing and healthcare. Now retired, she has contributed her time and talent as the vice-chair of the Highland County Historical Society Board of Directors and a board member of The Society for Children and Adults in Hillsboro.

Most recently she's been heavily involved with the creation of the Lincoln School documentary as well as touring with the film as a speaker. When opportunity allows, she and her husband enjoy the pastoral setting of the family farm near Hillsboro.

Friday, February 16

Filmmaker Melissa Godoy Winner of two regional Emmy Awards, Melissa Godoy is an independent filmmaker. Her programs have aired on public television stations nationwide, and screened locally at events and exhibits at Cincinnati World Cinema, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Cincinnati Ballet.

In 2013, she was awarded a Cincinnati Arts Ambassador fellowship to create The Art Carvers of Music Hall, about the effort to conserve historically significant hidden treasure in Music Hall and celebrate the women artisans involved.

Melissa studied Theatre and Creative Writing for the Media at Northwestern University and she shares her love of filmmaking as an Artist in Residence with the Ohio Arts Council's Arts Learning Program and as a media instructor at Cincinnati State. She is currently in production with two narrative feature documentaries - one set in Cincinnati, and the other in Wisconsin.

Saturday, February 17

David Schloss David Schloss was born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at Columbia U., The University of Southern California School of Cinema, Brooklyn College (BA), and The Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA).

At the University of Cincinnati, and then at Miami University, he taught creative writing, American and World literature and a variety of Film Studies courses, retiring as Professor of English in 2014.

He has also written film criticism and numerous reviews for AEQAI, an on-line arts journal based in Cincinnati. His interests in film are mainly aesthetic and historical: the language of the medium and traditions of film as serious art, especially as practiced by directors from around the world.

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