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2018 Oscar Contenders: Best Documentary (Short Subject)

  • Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Garrett Bradley, Artist, Director
Davina Pardo, Documentary Director, Producer
Maximilien Van Aertryck, Filmmaker, Plattform Produktion
Kathleen Lingo, Commissioning Editor, Opinion Video; Executive Producer of Op-Docs, The New York Times—Moderator

It’s Oscars season! Join INFORUM as we screen three of the films vying for a 2018 Oscar nomination for Best Documentary (Short Subject) from “Op Docs” at The New York Times. We’ll follow up the screenings with a panel featuring several of the filmmakers and then take your questions. Check out all three films below, but we promise they’re better seen on our wall projectors with new friends than on your laptop by yourself! Come ready to nurture your inner film critic--we’ll provide the popcorn and candy.

In 116 Cameras, filmmaker Davina Pardo introduces us to a holocaust survivor who takes part in an innovative new attempt to preserve survivors’ stories in holographic form for future generations. 

In Alone, filmmaker Garrett Bradley explores the dilemma of a single mother deciding whether to marry her jailed boyfriend. 

In Ten Meter Tower, filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson show that on a ten-meter high diving tower, fear of taking the jump is pitted against the personal loss that would arise if you didn't dare. What do we look like when we hesitate and when we make a decision? What does it look like when we overcome our fear? 

Kathleen Lingo is commissioning editor of Opinion Video and executive producer of Op-Docs. Since joining Op-Docs in 2013, the series has published over 200 short films and virtual reality and interactive documentaries, two of which were nominated for Oscars (“4.1 Miles” in 2017 and “Our Curse” in 2015). Op-Docs films have also received seven Emmy nominations, earned two Emmys (“A Short History of the Highrise” in 2014 and “Notes on Blindness” in 2015) and won two Peabodys (“Highrise” in 2014 and “Notes on Blindness” in 2015). She began her career in documentary film working at Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions. She went on to work on nonfiction projects such as “The IFC Media Project”; the HBO documentary El Espiritu de la Salsa, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010; and WNYC’s “The Takeaway."

Filmmakers Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck collaborate under the banner of Plattform Produktion in Gothenburg, Sweden. Together, Van Aertryck and Danielson direct and produce both feature-length documentaries and short films. Their short films have premiered in the official competitions of Berlin, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, earning several awards. Their recent short film, “Ten Meter Tower,” has been seen by millions through The New York Times' website. Their films aim to have a critical and humorous approach and are distinguished by their minimalistic style as well as theme-based rather than plot-driven narratives.

Davina Pardo is documentary director and producer based in New York City. She recently produced Very Semi-Serious, an HBO documentary about New Yorker cartoonists, which received a 2015 Emmy for outstanding arts and culture programming. Her award-winning documentary shorts include “Minka” and “Birdlings Two,” and her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, IFP's documentary lab and Independent Film Week, and the Sundance Institute. Pardo previously worked as David Cronenberg’s assistant and associate produced the Academy Award-winning documentary Freeheld

Garrett Bradley is a New Orleans-based artist and director. A recipient of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award for nonfiction filmmaking, Bradley has screened at festivals and institutions around the world, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, DokuFest, the Tribeca Film Festival and Prospect.3. Bradley’s most recent short film, "Alone,” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

In association with The New York Times.

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