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Tuesday
Feb202018

Presenting the Oscar Nominated Short Films! Here are the Philadelphia Showtimes....

Cinephiles have a rare opportunity to see all of this year's Oscar Nominated Short Films in one day! On Saturday, March 3rd, one day before the 90th Academy Awards telecast, I will be screening all 15 short film nominees back to back at my Philadelphia studio in the historic BOK building.

Attendees will also receive an official OSCAR SHORTS prediction ballot to guess the winners.

11:00AM - Oscar Shorts: Animation - RESERVE YOUR SEAT
Academy Award Nominees for Best Animated Short Film include Basketball legend Kobe Bryant's ode to basketball brought to life by Disney animator Glen Keane as they explore what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind; a tale about a frogs that let loose in a deserted mansion; a comedic adaptation of Roald Dahl's dark poems; a PIXAR tale about a "Lost and Found" box that teaches a schoolyard bully a lesson; a stop-motion story about a son's reflection of his relationship with his father through their packing ritual.

1:00PM - Oscar Shorts: Live Action - RESERVE YOUR SEAT

Academy Award Nominees for Best Live Action Short Film include a comedic tale about a delusional patient of a psychiatrist who actually believes he's the psychiatrist; a story inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia; the story of the Mississippi man who tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew Emmett Till from two killers out for blood.

More Oscar nominees in the Best Live Action Short Film category include the tale of a deaf four year old girl who lives in a world of silence until she learns the gift of communication; the story of Muslim bus passengers who fought off an attack in Kenya.

3:00PM - Oscar Shorts: Documentary - RESERVE YOUR SEAT
Academy Award Nominees for the category of Best Documentary (Short Subject) include the story of America's oldest interracial newlyweds whose love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart; a portrait of 56 year-old artist Mindy Alper whose work reveals a lifetime of depression and mental disorder; the story of three women who are fighting the drug abuse epidemic in their town.

More Oscar contenders in this category include a story about the challenges of men and women released from prison who are training to launch a world-class French restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio; the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American schoolteacher from Austin, TX who was stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalates into a harrowing arrest.

It's an Oscar Nominated Short Film Marathon, exclusively at The Madlab Post. Who's ready?

*The Madlab Post's screening room has a limited seating capacity. Reservations must be made online in advance.

Sunday
Dec252016

Congratulations to 'Bon Voyage' Director Marc Wilkins on Making the Oscars Shortlist!

Drifting through an ocean of dead bodies, two holiday sailors find themselves on a rescue mission that puts their fears and ideals in a dramatic conflict with the hopes and dreams of Syrian refugees. That is the synopsis for Bon Voyage, a Swiss film currently in the running for an Oscar nomination. Directed by Marc Wilkins, the Mediterranean sea drama made it out of the 137 films that qualified as possible contenders in the BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT category.

Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Bon Voyage is among the 10 films that will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards, Wilkins has been hard at work making sure his film is introduced to members of the Academy who haven't seen it. Members of the Academy will select five nominees from among the 10 shortlisted titles; the final nominess for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

As Bon Voyage heads to Australia where it will screen in January at FLICKERFEST, I'd like to take a moment to say bravo to Marc Wilkins! Your short features some of the best cinematography I've seen this year. Here's hoping you get that nomination!

Thursday
May052016

Reese’s Outlook on the Oscars 

Vinyl hijackers known as the Popcorn Snobs are catching up on their theme, ‘The Taking of April A-Z,’ as they run this blog for the next 12 (or so) days.

It’s Reese here and I’m back to discuss the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. These coveted honors, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, come with prestige but prestige doesn't pay the bills. The golden trophies would look (and probably feel) much better if they were accompanied by some type of useful bonus such as a monetary prize or guaranteed job on an upcoming movie.

Financial rewards obviously may not be a big deal for certain Oscar winners who happen to also be top industry players; able to negotiate million-dollar contracts for their work. Still, cash can come in handy and make a significant difference in the lives of the men and women who win Academy Awards for their contributions to craft departments such as grips, makeup artists, gaffers, sound technicians, musicians, editors and set designers. There are times when even some A-list talent, including two-time Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, can benefit greatly from monetary prizes.

Swank’s first Academy Award for Actress in a Leading Role came from her performance in the romantic drama Boys Don’t Cry (1999). She later found herself in a tough spot when her health insurance card was declined while trying to fill a prescription. The insurance company informed Swank that she didn’t meet a $5,000 minimum in annual earnings to qualify for health coverage.

At a day rate of $75 for her role in Boys Don’t Cry, the actress had made just $3,000 total, from working on this movie. “I had an Academy Award, and no health insurance…the life of an actor,” laughs Hilary Swank in a 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace.

This is a prime example of how great the Oscars would be if they came with cash prizes. While this may seem expensive, there are ways the Academy could share the wealth among all the many difference awards given out each year. Film studios could designate a percentage of profits to a general pot that gets divided up among all categories at the Oscars. It would also be neat if philanthropists and estate planners gave funds to be designated as prize money for select Academy Awards. The bottom line is this…. Oscars should pony up the dough! 

Why do YOU agree or disagree with Reese's outlook regarding adding financial bonuses to Oscar winnings?