While I'm not always a big supporter of the Oscars, I am a big supporter of more people seeing films they otherwise would not.
In recent years, the Gateway Film Center has seen great success in booking the yearly slate of short films that receive Oscar nods. You may be going just to make educated picks in your office Oscar pool, but it’s also a great exposure to short film in general.
The shorts are split into four separate ticketed programs (each running about the length of a feature film, so it’s worth your money). The slate that’s usually the most popular is also the one where people are most familiar with shorts: animation. You’ve already seen Disney’s impossibly adorable doggie tale “Feast” if you watched “Big Hero 6” in theaters, but other highlights include the storybook-esque “The Dam Keeper.”
The Live Action shorts tell stories that bend outside the usual Hollywood narrative. For example, “Boogaloo and Graham” is a tale of two young brothers in Belfast and their pet chickens. “The Phone Call” even boasts two former Oscar nominees in Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent.
The documentary program is divided into two parts. Highlights include a look at veteran care in “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” and the story of a longtime slaughterhouse worker called “The Reaper.”