Fairfield Theatre Company screens Oscar Nominated short films

Starting Monday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., Fairfield Theatre Company will screen a collection of what The Academy of Motion Pictures have selected as the best short films including: Aya, the story of two strangers who unexpectedly meet at an airport after believing that one is supposedly the others driver.

Boogaloo and Graham, the story of two brothers in Northern Ireland who are presented the task of raising baby chicks by their father while coping with their parents announcement of a big change is coming to the family.

Butter Lamp the gripping story of an itinerant photographer and his assistant who offer to photograph Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.

Pavaneh the spellbinding story of a young Afghan immigrant who travels to Zurich to help aid her family but soon encounters a “punk” named Emily who offers aid, and impacts the young Afghan’s intentions.

And lastly, The Phone Call which may be the most captivating live action short, follows a shy lady named Heather, (played by OSCAR® nominee Sally Hawkins), a call center who receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent) that may change her life forever.

But that’s just the first day of these incredible films. FTC members and fans have asked for “More art, More Film, More FTC!” and FTC delivers on Feb. 9, as the screen the Oscar Nominated Animated film shorts. Featuring A Single Life the story of Pia, who is suddenly able to travel through her life after playing a mysterious vinyl single.

Feast a new short from Walt Disney Animation Studios about one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend, a dog named Winston.

Me And Moulton, the story of a seven year old Norwegian girl who asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle and the struggles she faces as she feels her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as normal.

The Big Picture, the darkly stark humorous tale of the challenges of taking caring of an elderly parent.

And lastly The Damn Keeper a unique short made up of over 8,000 paintings, that blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, who are best known for their art direction on such beloved films as Ice Age, Ratatouille, Monsters University, and Toy Story 3 that tells the tale of a young pig who has been encumbered with an important job and that of hanging out with a new friend who changes everything.

And if you enjoyed the first two days of Oscar nominated film shorts then you won’t want to miss the final evening, as FTC screens on Tuesday, Feb 10 this year’s nominated Documentary Film Shorts. One of the more anticipated nights of film at the intimate venue, The Oscar Documentary Film Shorts can be described in just one word, entrancing. This year’s nominees feature Crisis Hotline the timely documentary that spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.

Joanna the heart wrenching tale of a woman who is diagnosed with an untreatable illness and the promises she makes to her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible.

Our Curse A very close and personal story of struggle for director Tomasz Silwinski and his wife, who have had to deal with a very rare and incurable disease that effects their newborn child called the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome).

The Reaper, a story of one man’s struggle of living life having worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years and his deep relationship with death.

And lastly, White Earth the fascinating tale told from three children and an immigrant mother who all are forced to brace the cruel winter along with thousands of other souls who flock to America’s Northern Plains as their families seek work in the oil fields.

Join FTC as they present another year of exciting films which the Academy of Motion Pictures have selected above all others as the best in the business and see for yourself if you agree or disagree as to who should take home the Oscar on Feb. 22.

Films will be screened at StageOne, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield. For tickets, at $12 per night advance, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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