Press Release #75 (2/22/11)
AND THE SHORT OF IT IS...
Cable's Movies On Demand Presents: The Oscar®-Nominated Short Films 2011 - Animation & Live Action
New York, February 17, 2011 - The long and the short of it is that the short films nominated for the year's most celebrated movie awards don't always get the audiences they deserve. But starting on Feb. 22, 2011, these films will be available to U.S. digital cable viewers through Movies On Demand (MOD). The best of this year's nominated shorts will be offered in two special packages: Best Animated Short Films and Best Live Action Short Films, in both HD and SD. In addition to the nominees, the animated category includes three bonus titles. These films are presented by Shorts International and distributed to cable by the nation's leading Movies on Demand (MOD) distributor iN DEMAND L.L.C.
These shorts are now in limited release in theatres but will also be in many cable homes, starting on Feb. 22*, available with just a click of the remote. The content is listed as: "The 2011 Animated Nominated Shorts" or "The 2011 Live-Action Nominated Shorts." With Movies On Demand through digital cable, viewers can watch movies instantly, pause, fast-forward and rewind.
Here's where viewers can find this content within their On Demand on-screen menus:
Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox:
Shorts will be available in the "Awards Season" category.
Shorts will be available in "Oscar Nominees" category.
Below are the nominated short films available on cable TV's Movies On Demand:
Best Live Action Short Films
• "The Confession" Nine year-old boy stages a prank so he has something to say at confession. (UK, 26 mins, Director: Tanel Toom).
• "Wish 143" Dying teen has a final wish - to lose his virginity. (UK, 24 mins, Director: Ian Barnes).
• "Na Wewe" Civilians caught in 1994 civil war between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis in Burundi. (Belgium, 19 mins, Director: Ivan Goldschmidt).
• "The Crush" Eight year-old boy has a crush on his teacher. Real boyfriend arrives on the scene and is challenged to a duel. (Ireland, 15 mins, Director: Michael Creagh).
• "God of Love" Love triangle changes the good luck of a lounge-singer darts champion. (USA, 18 mins, Director: Luke Matheny).
Best Animated Short Films
• "Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)": European traveler's experience of the Malagasy culture. (French, 11 mins, Director: Bastien Dubois).
• "Let's Pollute" Satirical educational film looks at pollution's longtime necessity to the American economy. (USA, six mins, Director: Geefwee Boedoe).
• "The Gruffalo" Innocent mouse vs. predators.(UK; Germany, 27 mins, Directors: JakobSchuh and Max Lange).
• "The Lost Thing" Boy discovers a strange creature on the beach and tries to find it a place for it to fit in. (Australia; UK, 15 mins. Directors: Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan)
Three bonus Animated Shorts:
• "Sensology" Avant-garde music legends Barry Guy and Paul Plimley's recording "Sensology" translated into animated images. (USA., six minutes, Directed by Michel Gagné).
• "URS" Story of Urs and his aging mother. He carries her up a mountain for a better life. (Germany, 10 minutes, Director: Moritz Mayerhofer).
• "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger" Children's fable about the negative power of advertising. (USA, six minutes, Directed by Bill Plympton)
For more info about these films and trailers, go to: http://www.shortshd.com/theoscarshorts/
*Title dates and availability may vary by system. Not available on all cable systems. Titles start on Feb 22 and end as follows: Time Warner Cable/Bright House Networks - 3/15; Comcast - 3/7; Cox - 3/31.
These movies are distributed to U.S. cable systems by iN DEMAND L.L.C. For company information, go to http://business.indemand.com
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