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W H A T :

  • The Oscar Short Docs
  • Five short documentary films nominated for this year's Academy Award, plus two additional Oscar short-list films. Presented in two programs — "A" and "B" — each running approximately 120 minutes.
  • The films are NR (not rated) but suitable for PG-13 audiences.
  • Food and espresso drinks between screenings provided by Coffee Emporium.

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    W H E N :

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Program A, 4 pm ... Program B, 7 pm
  • Sunday, February 1, 2015
    Program B, 1 pm ... Program A, 4 pm

    Note the Sunday time shift to accommodate Super Bowl fans.

  • W H E R E :

  • The Carnegie
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011  
  • Easy Access, Free Parking
  • Maps & Directions:
    Printable PDF parking map
    Interactive directional map
    Printable map and written directions
    Cincy-Covington Bridge & Street Grid
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    T I C K E T   P R I C E S :

  • Advance Single Tickets for each program are $10 and $12* at the door.
  • Advance Combo Tickets for both programs are $16 and $20* at the door.
  • Single Tickets for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $10* available only at the door.

  •  * NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge IN ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and tix sold at the door.

    H O W   T O   G E T   T I C K E T S

  • Combo Packages & Single Tickets:

  • On-line: Click here for online tickets
    By phone:
  • Cincinnati World Cinema,
    859-957-3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p
  • The Carnegie,
    859-957-1940, Tue-Fri 12-5p

  • Single Tickets Only are available in-person at these area establishments
    (click each location for a map):

  • Clifton-Ludlow Avenue,
    Sitwell's Coffee House
    513 281 7487

  • Mt. Lookout Square,
    Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
    513 871 8626

  • Downtown Cincinnati,
    Coffee Emporium
    513 651 5483

  • 2014 Oscar Short Docs

    The entries in the strong, eclectic field this year explore the human condition and cultural diversity, with emphasis on the triumph of spirit and heart in the face of adversity.

    The 2015 Oscar Short Documentaries

    Single tickets for each program are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

    Combo tickets for both programs A and B are the best value — seven (7) Oscar-worthy films — $16 in advance and $20 at the door.

    The Saturday January 31 sessions start at the usual 4:00 and 7:00 pm.
    NOTE: The Sunday February 1 sessions have been shifted to 1:00 and 4:00 pm to accommodate those who want to catch the Super Bowl Sunday evening.

    ~ PROGRAM A ~
    Sat, Jan 31 4:00 PM, repeats Sun, Feb 1, 4:00 PM
    Total Run Time approximately 120 minutes

    White Earth   Oscar Nominee
    Director Christian Jensen, 2014, USA   Trailer
    The first frames of White Earth depict an otherworldly landscape of endless white plains and the tall churning structures of the oil industry; a fusion of man and land only decoded through the innocence and clarity of young voices.

    The film depicts the effects of industrialization on families who have migrated to the small town of White Earth, North Dakota, in their search for employment in the petroleum industry. Children give voice to the struggles of this migration, through a sincere narration unclouded by cynicism or expectation. ~ Whitney McIntosh, Stanford University.

    La Parka (The Reaper)   Oscar Nominee
    Director Gabriel Serra Arguello, 2013, Mexico   Trailer en español

    A slaughterhouse employee for 25 years, Efrain is known as "The Reaper" for reasons that become obvious. He dreams of animals and suffers pangs of guilt about performing his difficult job. Set against the industrial process that puts food on our tables, the film explores the links between Efrain's work, personal life, inner consciousness and his thoughts about life and death.

    Our Curse   Oscar Nominee
    Director Tomasz Sliwinski, 2013, Poland

    Our Curse is the personal story of the director and his wife as they learn to live with their newborn son Leo's rare medical condition. The disease is called Ondine's Curse, scientifically known as Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome. It causes the sufferer to stop breathing when he or she falls asleep, and there's no cure.

    Sliwinski creates a diary on film as the couple voices their fears and learns to cope. The camera documents events in Leo's life as they transition from high stress to relative normalcy and happiness as a family.

    Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace   Oscar Short-List and Winner, SXSW
    Director Jeff Dupre, 2014, USA   Trailer and photos

    An Economy of Grace documents the latest work by artist Kehinde Wiley, a series of classical portraits of African-American women. To realize his vision, Wiley joined forces with Riccardo Tisci, creative director of fashion house GIVENCHY, in a unique and high-profile collaboration between art and haute couture. Wiley's models and Tisci's dresses create an arresting, new image of feminine power.

    An Economy of Grace offers a unique perspective into the fullness of Kehinde's process and the characters at play, giving us a tantalizing inside look at the intersection of art and fashion, both of museums and of the streets. The film is an intimate portrait of Kehinde Wiley, one of this generation's most intriguing and accomplished visionaries, and an exploration of what beauty is in the 21st century.

    ~ PROGRAM B ~
    Sat, Jan 31 7:00 PM, repeats Sun, Feb 1, 1:00 PM
    Total Run Time approximately 120 minutes

    One Child   Oscar Short-List and Winner Student Academy Award
    Director Zijian Mu, 2013, China

    The people we meet in One Child are the director's family, friends and residents of his town in China. They survived the Sichuan earthquake which killed 90,000 people, including 5,000 children. Losing a child is a terrible tragedy for parents anywhere, but in China the effect is intensified by the one-child policy.

    In response to the earthquake, the government allowed those who lost their only child to conceive another. But for many parents who lost teenage children, their advancing age proved a significant barrier to starting another family. One Child follows the journey of three families as they strive to restore normalcy and move past the loss of their children.

    Crisis Hotline   Oscar Nominee
    Director Ellen Kent, 2013, USA   Trailer

    The call volume at the national military suicide hotline is huge. This the story of the compassionate heroes on the other end of that line that we often never think about. Responders come into work each day, put on a headset, and try to talk people down from the ledge, carrying intense emotional baggage day in and day out.

    This film captures the extremely private moments, where the hotline responders, many of whom are veterans or veterans' spouses, react to complex situations and what can be life-or-death conversations. These dedicated professionals can often successfully divert the thoughts and plans of suicidal callers and steer them out of crisis.

    Joanna   Oscar Nominee
    Director Aneta Kopacz, 2013, Poland   Trailer

    Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. In her blog, she writes down everything she might want him to learn from her when he grows up.

    Neither maudlin nor exploitative, this visually poetic documentary sensitively and discreetly portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of the family. The very few words spoken and the ones never uttered in the film make the message ultimately powerful and extremely subtle at the same time. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness, a hymn to life and love that will stay with you long after the lights go up.

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