TAMPA - Beginning Friday, Tampa Theater will feature a few hard-to-find films that are nominated for an Academy Award, including short films that were not released widely.
Animated OSCAR Shorts, an 88-minute program, includes the five nominated films, plus three others:
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” – Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies.
Adam and Dog – The story about the dog of Eden. What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable? The dog, as he lives through this curious world, encounters a strange creature; a human being named Adam – and with that discovers a new found connection to the world.
Fresh Guacamole – Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole!
Head Over Heels – After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. They live separate, parallel lives, never talking, barely even looking at each other. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can't agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together.
Paperman – The story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.
ADDITIONAL FILMS include Abiogenesis, Dripped and The Gruffalo’s Child.
The program of Live Action shorts runs 114 minutes, and includes the five nominated films:
Death of a Shadow – Soldier Nathan died during World War I. A strange collector imprisoned his shadow and gave him a new chance: a second life against 10,000 captured shadows. It is love that guides him, as his purpose is to meet Sarah again, the woman he fell in love with before he died. But then he discovers that she's already in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him towards a bitter decision, not without consequences.
Henry – Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil the day the love of this life, Maria, disappears mysteriously. He'll then discover the inevitable verdict of life.
Curfew – At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for the evening.
Buzkashi Boys – Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi – a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat – Buzkashi Boys tells the coming-of-age story of two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith's son, who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most
war-torn countries on Earth.
Asad – Set in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, an all-Somali, refugee cast brings to life this coming of age fable of a Somali boy who is faced with falling into the pirate life, or rising above to choose the path of an honest fishing man.
On Friday, February 22, the full-length feature film Chasing Ice (nominated for best original song) will be shown, with free tickets while supplies last.
National Geographic photographer James Balog attempted to capture images of the Earth's changing climate in spring 2005 on a trip to the Arctic. Chasing Ice is the story of his mission to gather undeniable evidence of our changing planet. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice disappearing at a breathtaking rate.
With generous support from the Kendeda Fund, the filmmakers have purchased a limited number of tickets for the 7:30 p.m. showing on Friday, Feb. 22 to distribute to the Tampa community, free of charge, while supplies last. To reserve these complimentary tickets, guests must visit http://bit.ly/CI-comps and enter the Group Code TAMPA to register.
It all culminates with OSCAR Experience: Tampa, the area’s only sanctioned OSCAR party, at Tampa Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Tampa guests may feel like stars themselves as they take a limousine ride, walk through a throng of autograph seekers and find themselves the subject of an interview by the Theatre’s own “Roan Jivers.”
The Oscars telecast will broadcast live in Tampa Theatre’s grand auditorium courtesy of Tampa ABC Television Network affiliate WFTS, which broadcasts the Oscars presentation. The Academy will provide party guests in Tampa the same official program distributed to guests at the Oscar presentation