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Oscar documentary shorts at the Crest: Special combo ticket

This Weekend Only: Oscar Documentary Shorts Nominees

Two weeks ago, in my regular column, I described the process through which the Oscar-nominated short films are selected. At that time, I reviewed the five animated narrative shorts and the five live action narrative shorts. Those two programs continue in regular release at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.

Additionally, this weekend, for two days only, the Crest will screen the five documentary shorts nominees. Shorts, in Academy terms, are shorter than feature films but can still reach 40 minutes in length. This year’s nominees are collectively long enough that the Crest will screen them in two programs this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday afternoon only.

The following film information is provided by the distribution company: 

Documentary Program A
King’s Point (Directed by Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider, Country of Origin: USA, Language: English, Running Time: 40 minutes) Over the course of a decade, five senior citizens living in the Kings Point retirement community face loss, illness and an increasing sense of isolation in their lives.
Mondays at Racine (Directed by Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan, Country of Origin: USA, Language: English, Running Time: 39 minutes) On the third Monday of every month, sisters Cynthia and Rachel open their Long Island beauty salon to women undergoing chemotherapy.
Inocente (Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, Country of Origin: USA, Language: English, Running Time: 40 minutes) Fifteen-year-old Inocente, a homeless, undocumented immigrant, clings to her determination to become an artist in the face of a bleak future.

Documentary Program B
Redemption (Directed by John Alpert and Matthew O’Neill, Country of Origin: USA, Language: English, Running Time: 35 minutes) In New York City, individuals known as canners survive by collecting cans and bottles from trash and recycling bins and redeeming them for money.
Open Heart (Directed by Keif Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern, Country of Origin USA, Language: English, Running Time: 39 minutes) Eight Rwandan children with serious heart disease travel to the Salam Centre in Sudan for treatment.

On both days, Program A will screen at 1 p.m. and Program B will screen at 3:40 p.m. The $12.50 ticket ($10 seniors/students) is good for both programs – and you can chose to see them both on one day or split your viewing across two days (e.g., you can watch Program B on Saturday and Program A on Sunday).

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About the author

Tony Sheppard

Tony is a Professor at Sacramento State, Co-Director of the Sacramento Film & Music Festival and a long-time writer, primarily on topics related to film and the film industry. He is an active supporter of the local arts community, an amateur photographer, and has an interest in architecture and urban planning topics. He is currently designing a 595 sq.ft. house on a very small infill lot in Sacramento.

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