2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action

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The Coolidge is proud to present the Oscar Shorts showcasing the 2018 nominees in the Live Action category.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018 program offers viewers the rare opportunity to experience the year’s best short films from across the globe, collected together in this special cinematic showcase courtesy of Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures. The 90th Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 4.


Dekalb Elementary - dir. Reed Van Dyk, USA, 20 minutes

Inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.


My Nephew Emmett - dir. Kevin Wilson, JR., USA, 20 minutes

In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on true events.


The Eleven O'Clock - dir. Derin Seale, Australia, 13 minutes

The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control.


The Silent Child - dir. Chris Overton, UK, 20 minutes

The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year-old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.


Watu Wote/ All of Us - dir. Katja Benrath, Germany & Kenya, 23 minutes

For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

"Still, the bar remains high, especially among the stronger (and longer) live-action program. Written and directed by Reed Van Dyk, “Dekalb Elementary” may be the best of the bunch: a tense stalemate between a hulking school shooter (Bo Mitchell) and a front-office administrator (Cassandra Rice) who’s some kind of angel. The film squeezes the maximum of tension from a minimum of setup and ends up going surprising and moving places." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

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