Oscar’s theatrical shorts shown

Hopefuls get compilation screening

Seldom-seen Oscar nominees in the live-action, animated and documentary shorts categories have been combined into two compilations that will get theatrical runs beginning this week.

Apollo Cinema has packaged nine of the 10 live-action and animated shorts into a single 91-minute program that will run daily for two weeks beginning Friday at the Laemmle Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles and the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in New York. Program’s booked in 11 other cities so far, with debuts scheduled over the next few months.

Apollo and Laemmle also will combine to show, only in Los Angeles, all four of the nominated documentary shorts. That 135-minute compilation will run each of the next two weekends, at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica.

Move reps the first time the docu shorts have ever been shown in compilation form in theaters, in any kind of run, said Apollo prexy Carol Crowe.

And this year marks the first time the animated and feature shorts have been given more than a weekend-mornings-only release, said Crowe, who sold a similar compilation the past two years. Last year’s compilation eventually screened in 40 theaters nationwide, most recently last month in Honolulu, and yielded about $3,000 in payments to each filmmaker. Crowe said she expects to exceed the 40 bookings from last year’s compilation.

This year, one nominated short, the 38-minute “Johnny Flynton,” isn’t currently slated to be part of the compilation. Crowe said its makers have not created a release print in the analog sound format needed to play in most arthouse theaters. Creating such a print is expensive, but Crowe said she still hopes to be able to include the film in at least some venues.

Live-action shorts are “Fait d’hiver” (“Gridlock”), “J’attendrai le suivant” (I’ll Wait for the Next One), “Inja” (Dog) and “Der er nn ynig mand” (This Charming Man). Animated shorts are “Mike’s New Car,” “The ChubbChubbs,” “The Cathedral,” “Das Rad” (Rocks) and “Atama Yama” (Mt. Head).

Docu shorts are “The Collector of Bedford Street,” “Mighty Time: The Legacy of Rosa Parks,” “Why Can’t We Be a Family Again” and “Twin Towers.”

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