How would you like to amaze your friends and relatives at an Academy Awards party, stunning them with your knowledge and pithy verbal reviews of not only the popular Best Picture, Best Actor or Best Actress nominees, but the nominated short films as well?
Now you’ll have your chance, thanks to the folks at the Lighthouse International Film Festival and the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, who will join to screen all the nominated short films in three categories – Documentary, Animated and Live Action – this coming weekend, just in time to prepare for the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, on ABC.
On Friday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. five live action shorts will be screened, “Brotherhood,” “Nefta Football Club,” “The Neighbor’s Window,” “Saria” and “A Sister.”
The afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 8, will be dedicated to the Animated Shorts category with the screening of “Dcera,” “Hair Love,” “Kitbull,” “Memorable” and “Sister” from 1 to 2 o’clock.
The screening of the nominated Short Documentaries “In the Absence,” “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” “Life Overtakes Me,” “St. Louis Superman” and “Walk Run Cha-Cha” will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Saturday.
Never heard of any of them? Of course not. Unless you live a a large city or a big university town, you likely never had the chance to see them. These aren’t films you’re likely to see at your local movie theater. Luckily, the LIFF and LBIF have stepped into the void.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended and appreciated, and will save you money. An “All Shorts Pass” can be had for $28 on lighthousefilmfestival.org, as can tickets to each of the individual screenings for $11 each. If you wait until you show up to the door, expect to pay $38 for the All Shorts Pass and $15 for each of the individual shows.
You may also consider making an evening or a day out of it while taking in the films by including dinner or lunch; take advantage of two discounts offered by a couple of Island restaurants. Kubel’s in Barnegat Light and Ship Bottom’s The Greenhouse Café will give a 15 percent discount to the film fans. Just show proof of ticket purchases – mobile, email or printed – to receive the discount. Again, reservations are recommended and appreciated.
So enjoy your afternoon or evenings, you fledgling Roger Ebert, you.