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March 15th, 2011 By Jason Gargano | Movies |

Oscar Shorts & More 2011

Sick and tired of the lame, creatively challenged cinematic offerings currently crowding the multiplex? Head over to Cincinnati World Cinema's most popular event, the annual Oscar Shorts & More, which takes over The Madison Theater in Covington tonight, Wednesday and Sunday.

This year's batch of Academy Award-nominated shorts —an area of film that gets criminally overlooked by many audiences — again features offerings from across the globe (from the United States, Burundi and the UK to Australia, Germany and Estonia)that use a wide array of genres and stylistic approaches (from suspense-laden live-action quasi-comedies to animated gems presented via a variety of technologically savvy formats).

The films are presented in two different programs (“A” and “B), each of which features five nominated films (including one Oscar-winning effort) and a bonus short of “comparable caliber.” And, as yet another bonus “treat,” CWC kicks off each program with “some unusual and hilarious commercials from around the world.”

But the biggest bonus is that this year's Oscar-winning live-action short, Luke Matheny's God of Love, includes the efforts of local native/CCM grad Casey Smith, who was a production designer on the film, which reportedly stars Matheny in a “humorous take on the mysteries of love.”

Ever cognizant in its quest to make each screening a full-bodied event that includes and inspires the community, CWC has asked local filmmaker Melissa Godoy to introduce the each program on Wednesday and Sunday. Program “A” screens 7:30 p.m. tonight, 4:30 p.m. Sunday; program “B” screens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday. Ticket package options include $10 for a single program and $16 for both programs. For more information and a full rundown of films, go to www.cincyworldcinema.org or call 859-781-8151.

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