Just in time for the Oscar’s USCB Center for the Arts is showing the Oscar nominations for short films in the Documentary category. Join other film lovers on Sunday, February 17 at 4 p.m. for the following Oscar contenders:
Kings Point: With Kings Point, director Sari Gilman tells the stories of five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort-men and women who came to Florida decades ago with their spouses by their sides and their health intact, and now find themselves grappling with love, loss and the universal desire for human connection.
Mondays At Racine: Every third Monday of the month, in brassy Long Island, sisters Cynthia and Rachel open up their hair salon, Racine, and offer free beauty services for women undergoing chemotherapy. The sisters are determined to give women who are losing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes a sense of normalcy and dignity.
Inocente: Inocente is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. Hers is not just a story of survival, but of resilience. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvas creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America — children.
Redemption: Filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill closely follow a growing army of New Yorkers whose treasures are in the trash.
Open Heart: Eight Rwandan children leave their families behind to embark on a life-or-death journey seeking high-risk heart surgery in Sudan. Their hearts ravaged by a treatable disease from childhood strep throat, the kids have only months to live. Open Heart reveals the intertwined endeavors of Dr. Emmanuel Rusingiza, Rwanda’s lone government cardiologist, as he fights to save the lives of his young patients, and Dr. Gino Strada, the Salam Center’s head surgeon who must convince Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir’s government to keep Africa’s only link to life-saving cardiac surgery free of charge for millions.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance: Adult $7, Senior $6, Student $5. Box office 843-521-4145 or www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.