Excerpt: Unlike last year, the Best Documentary Short Film nominees are not a collection of misery with only one having any sense of hope. Each of them is an exception film, well-crafted and I think worthy of recognition.
Excerpt: The Czech Republic’s Daria Kashcheeva’s stop motion puppet animation is the first of three stop motion animations to be nominated, each using a different medium… This is my pick for the Oscar.
Excerpt: Dysinger’s uplifting look at how women are finding poor young girls in Kabul and giving them…courage and confidence by teaching them how to skateboard, Is an infectious and uplifting work which I’m betting will take the Oscar.
Excerpt: My pick: I haven’t seen a short film this year that is as full of pure joy as “Hair Love.” I’d like to think that its sweet positivity will be the thing that, at this awful moment, gives it an edge.
Excerpt: My pick: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” a tremendous ode to the power of sports to boost girls’ self-esteem and set them free from the shackles of the limited expectations.
Excerpt: My pick: The gorgeous “Brotherhood” opens up reductive notions of Middle Eastern cultures in the Western imagination while telling a moving story of family and forgiveness that is quite universal.
Excerpt: This year’s Doc Short nominees share common themes even though they range from skateboarding girls in Afghanistan to the South Korean ferry disaster and even a Ferguson, Missouri state legislator.
Excerpt: Tissues at the ready, this year’s slate of Oscar nominated Documentary Short Subject films are important, topical works of impassioned conviction that are hard to shake and ride a rollercoaster of emotions.
Excerpt: This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film represent stories told from around the world, but all unify around the power of human interaction, no matter your age or where you come from.