OSCAR Nominated Shorts – All Categories

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THE 2019 OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: All 5 of this year’s nominated documentary shorts join the 2 other categories this week and be prepared to see these all in one program, running 143 minutes.  Titles include:

  • A Night at the Garden(USA):       In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from history. ‘A Night at the Garden’ transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in America.  Frightening in its own right.
  • Black Sheep(UK): After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius’ family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive. 
  • End Game (USA): 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? ‘End Game’ probes these questions and more as it follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death.
  • Lifeboat (USA): 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.
  • Period. End of Sentence (USA): In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. ‘Period. End of Sentance’ tells their story.

The 2019 OSCAR-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS  The five animated films from around the globe nominated at the 91stAcademy Awards continue this week. This presentation includes 2 runners-up, and the 5 nominated films, including:

  • Bao (USA): An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
  • Late Afternoon (Ireland): Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.
  • Animal Behaviour (Canada): Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In ‘Animal Behaviour’, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
  • Weekends (USA): Weekends is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.
  • One Small Step (USA/China): Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.

THE 2019 OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE-ACTION SHORTS:The 5 nominated live-action short films being honored at the upcoming 91stAcademy Awards continue for a second week. (DISCLAIMER: Some of these films deal with themes and subject matters some may find distressing. Use your own discretion when considering bringing children to this show.) This presentation includes:

  • Madre (Spain): A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago. 
  • Fauve (Canada): Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.
  • Marguerite (Canada): An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.
  • Detainment (Ireland): Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today.
  • Skin (USA): A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.


GRAVEYARD SHIFT: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: Friday February 15 at 10:00PM. Join us for our once-monthly late night horror series Graveyard Shift. This month, we present the John Landis classic An American Werewolf in London. Winner of the first-ever Oscar for Best Makeup, the film follows two American college students on a walking tour of Britain that are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.  A recent classic!

HORROR CHURCH: DRACULA’S DAUGHTER: Sunday February 17 at 11:00am. If late nights aren’t your thing, maybe early mornings are. Join us bright and early for our once-monthly early morning horror series Horror Church. This month we present Dracula’s Daughter, a story of a Hungarian countess who seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence. Starring Otto Kruger and Gloria Holden.  Bring your friends and turn them on to your tradition of worship!  Oldie but goodie.

GET OUT – Monmouth University Live at The Showroom Cinema starts this Wednesday February 20 at 7:30pm. As part of our newest series, and in celebration of Black History Month, we present Jordan Peele’s GET OUT. The film, which won writer Jordan Peele Best Original Screenplayat the 90thAcademy Awards, is the first in our series of 3, one a month, and follows a young African-American that visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend. His simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point. Afterwards, join Monmouth University Professor Walter D Greason, Ph.D. for a live Q&A.  You don’t have to be a student to be a part of this university-driven night, even if you saw it once, see it again and come with your questions!!! Greason is the author of books titled The Path to Freedom: Black Families in New Jerseyand Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey.

THIRD SHOW ADDED – JONI 75: A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. Monday February 25 at 7:30PM. Come celebrate the 75thbirthday of prolific singer Joni Mitchell! Watch the concert that was put on to celebrate Joni’s birthday, where some of music’s biggest stars showed up to cover some of her greatest hits. Featuring: Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright. Getyour tickets now; we’ve already SOLD OUT two screenings, and we expect this one will as well! LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

REEL JERSEY GIRLS: March 17th at 3:00pm, come join the Fort Lee Film Commission/ Barrymore Film Center and us for a day of celebrating the phenomenal work the women of NJ have done in the film industry. Festivities begins with the screening the 1912 short ALGIE THE MINER, a short film directed by Alice Guy Blache, the first female studio owner, who ran Solax Studios in Fort Lee, NJ. Then, writer/director Jenna Laurenzo, a NJ native, will introduce and screen her film LEZ BOMB, the story of a closeted gay woman that brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving dinner. Afterwards, Laurenzo will do a Q&A session, and will be presented the 2019 Alice Guy Blache Award by the BFC.Program sponsored by Fortune Web Marketing, Purple Glaze Donuts. LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS.

FUTURE FILMS WE ARE ANTICIPATING: Movies listed as “Coming Soon” are films The ShowRoom Cinema would like to present and is actively trying to book. However, we don’t always know if or when we will be able to actually get them from distributors. We set showtimes on a week-by-week basis and will announce them as soon as we can confirm them. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We look forward to bringing these films to THE SHOWROOM CINEMA and want you to know how much you support our theater by seeing them with us:   GRETA, GLORIA BELL, THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, ARCTIC, UNDER THE EIFFEL TOWER, EVERYBODY KNOWS, CLIMAX, THE WEDDING GUEST, WOMAN AT WAR, THE AFTERMATH.


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