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Pleasantville’s Jacob Burns Center Shows Oscar ‘Shorts’

The 85th Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 24.
The 85th Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 24. Photo Credit: Flickr user Dave_B_

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – While most moviegoers have their eyes focused on films nominated for Best Picture in the upcoming Feb. 24 Academy Awards , Pleasantville’s Jacob Burns Film Center is giving people a chance to see films from one of the minor categories by screening all Oscar nominated short films .

Brian Ackerman, Jacob Burns' programming director, said the independent film house and education center is “concentrating on the so-called smaller categories,” because they are still “hugely important.”

The 50-minute program of five animated shorts will be screened for the last time on Wednesday at 5:55 p.m., and a 203-minute program of five documentary shorts will screen at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The five live action shorts were screened at various times on Feb. 14, 15, 17 and 19.

“We’re just excited about being able to do this,” Ackerman said of screening all of the short nominees back to back, a format that imitates the way that Oscar voters are seeing them.

He added that watching the films in such a format allows viewers to “see the range that’s possible in that form” and, “the sheer sense of variety and diversity. It’s a real treat.”

In addition to the shorts programs, the center also has screened some of the best foreign language and documentary feature nominees throughout the week leading up to the awards.

While several have already been screened, “Searching for Sugar Man” and “War Witch” will both screen on Thursday.

Additionally, “Amour,” which is nominated for five Academy Awards including foreign language, best picture, best director (Michael Haneke), actress in a leading role (Emanuelle Riva) and original screenplay (Michael Haneke), is screening at various times from  through Thursday.

Rounding out Jacob Burns’ programming is a 90-minute “Oscar Talk” with New York Times film critic Janet Maslin and noted “Oscarologist” and Entertainment Weekly contributor Mark Harris. The talk, $6 for members and $11 for nonmembers, takes place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Tickets to all films and programs can be purchased at the box office or online. The Jacob Burns Film Center is at 364 Manville Rd. in Pleasantville. For more information call 914-747-5555 or got to www.burnsfilmcenter.org .

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