In what has a become a February rite of passage in the Bluff City, this month On Location: MEMPHIS (OL:M) will screen Oscar-nominated short films at Malco Studio on the Square in Memphis’ Midtown district the week before the Academy Awards. The following week, OL:M will host an Oscar night watch party at the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis downtown.
This year’s two-day short films affair, presented in conjunction with Magnolia Pictures and Shorts HD, is slated for Sunday, February 21, and Monday, February 22. Admission is $10 per person for each program. Tickets are available via the On Location: MEMPHIS website, on TicketLeap.com or at the Studio on the Square door. Partners in presenting include RS Financial and Cynthia Scales from Allstate Insurance.
Attendees also have the option of making a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis as part of their purchase, while a portion of all ticket sales from the screenings will be donated to the charity on behalf of OL:M.
“It’s always a treat to bring the Oscar shorts to the knowledgeable and loyal Memphis filmgoers, who may not have the opportunity to see these unique works anywhere else,” said OL:M president, Angela Green. “It’s also important for us to give back to the city. We’re thrilled to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis as part of our philanthropic efforts.”
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, Documentary Shorts kick off the film event with: Body Team 12; A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness; Last Day of Freedom; Chau, beyond the Lines; and Claude Lanzman: Spectres of the Shoah.
The always popular Animated Shorts will follow on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. This year’s nominees are made up of five films from four countries. The titles are: Sanjay’s Super Team; World of Tomorrow; Bear Story; We Can’t Live without Cosmos; and Prologue. Four additional films round out the program.
The following evening, Monday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m., the festivities conclude with the screening of this year’s Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts. The nominees are: Ave Maria; Shok; Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut); Stutterer; and Day One.
One week after the shorts screenings, On Location: MEMPHIS will host an Oscar watch party during the 88th Academy Awards. It is scheduled for the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis on historic Beale Street. A variety of activities and promotions are scheduled through the show, which will air on the evening of Sunday, February 28. Attendees may become an Oscar-night winner based on correctly choosing award recipients during the previous week’s shorts screenings. A portion of all sales receipts from the evening will also go to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis.
For more information about On Location: MEMPHIS, visit www.onlocationmemphis.org.