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The 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Documentaries
Cincinnati World Cinema at Memorial Hall

The only opportunity in the metro area to see all of the nominated short docs on the big screen at the same time and in the same place.
Program A, 4:00     Program B, 7:00
Program B, 4:00     Program A, 7:00

Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St. Cincinnati 45202

CWC's popular annual event returns for the 18th year, bringing us five powerful and thought-provoking Academy Award nominees plus a locally-made bonus short documentary. COFFEE EMPORIUM will return again this year to provide food, tea and coffee drinks in the Memorial Hall ballroom, between the programs on both days.



Dates,  times,  location,  directions,  parking,  seating choices and seat map,  ticket prices and how to purchase,  food and beverage options, and more.


Saturday, February 16 – Program A, 4:00; Program B, 7:00
Sunday, February 17 – Program B, 4:00; Program A, 7:00
LOCATION: Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202. 
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: 1000+ garage spaces within one block ‐ Washington Park Garage (across the street) and Town Center Garage (across Central Parkway behind Memorial Hall and Music Hall). Another 1325 spaces in the Mercer and Gateway Garages (3-4 blocks from Memorial Hall). In addition, there are surface lots and on-street parking for roughly 200 vehicles.
Directional Map + Parking & Garage Info
Seat Map
Where NOT to sit... Click in the image to enlarge the seating chart
• General Admission:
  • Single tickets, orchestra and balcony, for individual programs are $11 in advance, $16 at the door.
  • Combo tickets, orchestra and balcony, for programs A & B are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
• Reserved Boxes:
Box seats span the back of the orchestra in Memorial Hall, not the far sides as in other venues.
  • Single tickets, orchestra boxes, for individual programs are $16 in advance, $21 at the door.
  • Combo tickets, orchestra boxes, for both programs A & B are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
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All tickets available online and at (859) 957-FILM.

SEATING COMFORT: Some patrons find the wooden seats to be a bit unforgiving. You may bring a cushion with you.
• COFFEE EMPORIUM will return again this year to provide food, tea and coffee drinks in the Memorial Hall ballroom, between the programs.   Oscar Docs Cinema Menu

Memorial Hall will operate concessions in the ballroom on both days, including hot popcorn, snacks, wine, beer and soft drinks.
QUESTIONS?   Please or call (859) 957 3456.
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Program breakouts: show date/time, film title, director, year, country, run time, brief synopsis.

Sat, Feb 16 4:00 PM  &  Sun, Feb 17 7:00 PM
Estimated Total Run Time 85 minutes.
Program content, time and sequence subject to change, all nominees will be shown.

Ed Perkins & Jonathan Chinn Black Sheep   Oscar Nominee    
Ed Perkins, 2018, UK, 27 min.

Everything changed for Cornelius Walker when Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 11, the same age as Cornelius. He lived five minutes away. He had the same skin color. Cornelius's mother, scared for her son's safety, moved their family out of London to Essex. When they discover their new town is run by racists, Black Sheep reveals the surprising choices faced by Cornelius as an outsider lost within an environment that doesn't want him.
Perkins' film poses difficult and highly topical questions about race and identity. Who decides what makes us who we are? And what compromises are we prepared to make in order to fit in?

End Game End Game   Oscar Nominee
Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2018, USA, 40 min.

Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late?
Oscar-winning filmmakers Epstein and Friedman probe these questions and more in the context of two Bay Area medical facilities striving to create end of life decisions with grace.

The Driver is Red The Driver is Red   Bonus Doc
Randall Christopher, 2017, USA, 15 min.

Set in Argentina 1960, this animated true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run. Best Short winner at the Aspen, Cleveland, Miami, Montclair, Philadelphia, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Seattle festivals.

Sat, Feb 16 7:00 PM  &  Sun, Feb 17 4:00 PM
Estimated Total Run Time 85 minutes.
Program content, time and sequence subject to change, all nominees will be shown.

Lifeboat   Oscar Nominee     Lifeboat
Skye Fitzgerald & Bryn Mooser, 2018, USA, 40 min.

Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. Lifeboat puts a human face on one of the world's greatest contemporary, global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way.

A Night at the Garden   Oscar Nominee
Marshall Curry, 2018, USA, 7 min.

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely ignored by history. Today, as we witness the rebirth of a perilous cycle, the archival footage filmed that night 80 years ago provides immutable context. A Night at the Garden shines a chilling light on the power of hate in America.

[ Roughly 75% of CWC audiences Feb 16 & 17 were unaware of the events at MSG in 1939. Sent by a viewer, this article provides additional historical background... ~ Tim ]

Period. End of Sentence. Period. End of Sentence   Oscar Nominee
Rayka Zhtabchi, 2018, India, 27 min.

In a rural village outside Delhi, Indian women lead a quiet revolution fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. This is the story of how they dealt with this universal, inescapable fact of life. For generations, these women didn't have access to pads, creating health problems and causing girls to miss school or drop out entirely.
But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads. Both gender and economic empowerment combine as women take control of a situation long stigmatized in a male patriarchy. A simple, but powerful, example of how entrepreneurial effort can lead to the betterment of humanity.

Lucy Braun A Force For Nature: Lucy Braun   Bonus Doc, Cincinnati filmmaker
Meg Hanrahan, 2017, USA, 8 min.

An informative and uplifting look at the life and legacy of a true local treasure – the pioneering ecologist, botanist and preservationist Lucy Braun. Among her many accomplishments, Lucy and her sister were the first two women to receive PhDs from the University of Cincinnati.

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  Bios,  photos,  dates.

John Alberti

John Alberti Dr. John Alberti has taught at Northern Kentucky University for twenty-five years, with focus on the relationship between American literature and popular culture as evidenced in cinema, television and music.

He is currently chair of the English department and director of the Cinema Studies program at NKU, and has been instrumental in bringing the Festival of New French Films to campus in recent years.

John is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA, English, 1981) and UCLA (MA, English 1984 and Ph.D., English, 1989). He recently authored Screen Ages: A Survey of American Cinema, and his current projects include work on gender in American cinema and television; writing in the digital age; and the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter series.

Meg Hanrahan

Meg Hanrahan Meg is an award-winning documentary maker, media producer, and owner of Meg Hanrahan Media. She recently completed A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun, a one-hour documentary for public television broadcast and public screenings. The short film version on this program was created to develop interest and support for the full-length documentary.

Her credits include two Emmy award winners: Sacred Spaces of Greater Cincinnati (2008) and Cincinnati Parks: Emeralds in the Crown (2009). Additional media credits include museum installations at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cleveland Health Museum, and Ft. Worth Zoo. Meg regularly produces video for Procter & Gamble and other corporations and nonprofit organizations.

She has a BA in Electronic Media from the Union Institute & University, and extends her reach in the community as an adjunct professor in the eMedia Department at UC Blue Ash College, and as Vice President of the nonprofit Voyageur Media Group, Inc. Learn more about her latest work: A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun.

Tom Law

Tom Law Tom Law has over forty years of experience as a director, producer and writer in television, radio and print. Associate producer of A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun, Law is president and co-founder of Voyageur Media Group, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of public media about science, history and culture. Since Voyageur's establishment in 1998, he has served as the Project Director for numerous projects, including The Kentucky Archaeology & Heritage Series, the Making Archaeology Public Series, the Ohio Archaeology book, The Will to Read: Estel Sizemore's Story, and Searching for the Great Hopewell Road.

Before starting Voyageur, he worked in public television, public radio, and commercial production. Tom has served on numerous community boards, including the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, and the library foundation of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. He graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Miami University in 1983 and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Kate, and two daughters. Inc. Learn more about the Voyageur Media Group.

Timothy Swallow

Tim Swallow Tim Swallow is the CEO of Cincinnati World Cinema. Now in its eighteenth year, the all-volunteer organization focuses on cinema celebrating cultural diversity and the human condition, building a film community to experience high-quality international and independent cinema not otherwise available in this market. The organization has presented roughly 700 films, including regional/world premieres; plus series, festival and collaborative events.

In 2018, Tim renovated the old single-screen arthouse previously used by Cincinnati Shakespeare. Located in downtown Cincinnati at Race St. & Garfield Place, it has been renamed The Garfield Theatre. Now the home of Cincinnati World Cinema, the 163-seat venue hosts live entertainment as well as rentals for community groups and film presenters.

Prior to CWC, he spent 20 years as a live events producer, focusing on music, theatre and the arts. His experience includes management, marketing, performing arts software development, finance and non-profit boards. Tim's passion with CWC is programming and curation, particularly short film and the work of women filmmakers. Learn more about Cincinnati World Cinema.

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