Academy Award Shorts Return to Wichita February 18-25
For the 31st year, the Wichita Public Library will present free screenings of every 2017 Academy Award-nominated short film, including selections in the Best Live Action Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Animated Short categories. Sing (Mindenki), nominated in the live action short was an official selection of the 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival.
Tallgrass founder Timothy Gruver was very proud of Wichita’s longstanding tradition of screening these cinematic gems, and always made a point to head to the library every winter to catch up on the films he wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. Tim was especially fond of the foreign films, as it is much more common for those films to receive financial support from the government, leading to exquisitely produced productions.
“Short films are unique in that a single story is distilled to it’s true essence,” says Jon Gann, founder of the DC Shorts Film Festival and shorts programmer for festivals across the country. “A director's ability to touch, inform, entertain and elicit an emotional response in only a few short minutes is truly an incredible feat — especially since many short films are created by new talents with little or no previous experience.”
Sing (Mindenki), by London-based Hungarian director Kristof Deák, tells the story of young Zsofi, who is having a hard time fitting in at her new school. Her distress grows when the choir director treats her cruelly despite her love of singing. Along with her friend Liza, Zsofi investigates the revered teacher in an attempt to reveal her true nature.
“The music alone will draw you in but it is the immediately identifiable characters and circumstances that endear you to this story of friendship, inclusion and triumph of over repression, says TFA Co-Director of Programming Gretchen Mitchell. “It is an important reminder that your voice makes a difference.”
The free screenigs take place at the Wichita Public Library, the Orpheum and the Warren Theatre. Click here for the full schedule.