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Oscar nominees featured in Screening Room

Oscar nominated short films are available through the Fredonia Opera House.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center has launched its latest round of films that can be streamed online in the Opera House Screening Room, featuring the 2021 Oscar-nominated short films.

The Opera House Screening Room provides movies and other digital programming online to its patrons in the wake of the continued COVID restrictions which have restricted the theatre’s opening. The cost of streaming the films varies, depending on the film. The revenue generated is shared by the Opera House and the film studios. “Since we are not yet reopened, this is one way of providing our patrons with access to programming, and of generating income for the Opera House to help ensure its survival,” says Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis.

The latest new films include Francesco and the 2021 Oscar-Nominated Short Films. Also still available, and free to view, is Professor Traci Langworthy’s Chautauqua County History lecture, For The Vote: Two Profiles in Woman’s Courage.

From Oscar-nominated director and producer, Evgeny Afineevksy, Francesco features unprecedented access to His Holiness Pope Francis, providing an intimate look at a global leader who approaches challenging and complex issues with tremendous humility, wisdom and generosity toward all. Spanning issues such as climate change, migration and refugees, women’s empowerment, sexual abuse and LGBTQ+ issues, pandemic, border walls, and many more of today’s headlines, this documentary takes audiences on a worldwide journey to spotlight the incredible empathy displayed by a leader who continues to inspire hope during an extraordinary moment in our lifetime. In doing so, the film examines how people might take action to transition into a new way of living and thriving in the 21st century.

In addition to unprecedented access to Pope Francis, the film features interviews with those who have been part of his journey, including his nephew Jose Ignacio Bergoglio, His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, as well as Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim and activist for survivors of sexual abuse, and Sister Norma Pimentel, an advocate for refugees. Francesco paints a portrait of a man who has dedicated his life to bringing together people to thrive as a global community. Tickets to view Francesco are $12 per household.

For over a decade, ShortsTV has proudly brought the Oscar-Nominated Short Films to audiences across the globe. This exclusive release features the year’s most spectacular short films and for a limited time, is available to watch in virtual cinemas. Each nominee is released in one of three distinct feature-length compilations according to their category of nomination: Live Action, Animation or Documentary. The films go into theaters around the world shortly after nominations are announced and are not released anywhere else until a few days before the Oscars.

The 2021 Live Action Shorts are The Present by Farah Nabulsi (Palestine), Feeling Through by Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski (USA), Two Distant Strangers by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (USA), White Eye by Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman (Israel), and The Letter Room by Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan (USA).

The 2021 Animation Shorts are Burrow by Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (USA), Genius Loci by Adrien Merigeau and Amaury Ovise (France), Opera by Erick Oh (USA/South Korea), If Anything Happens I Love You by Will McCormack and Michael Govier (USA), and Yes-People by Gisli Darri Halldorsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland). This package also includes three bonus films: Kapaemahu (USA), The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany), and To Gerard (USA).

The 2021 Documentary Shorts are A Love Song for Latasha by Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan (USA), Do Not Split by Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook (USA/Norway), Hunger Ward by Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman (USA), Colette by Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard (France/Germany/USA), and A Concerto Is a Conversation by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers (USA).

The three packages in the 2021 Oscar-Nominated Short Films are $12 per household each or bundled together for $30 per household for all three packages.

Also still available is Traci Langworthy’s For The Vote: Two Profiles in Woman’s Courage, which tells of Dunkirk’s Elnora Babcock and Jamestown’s Edith Ainge and the role each played in the long-fought battle for women’s right to vote. It represents a continuation of the Chautauqua County History Lecture Series and can be streamed for free, although donations are accepted.

The Opera House Screening Room is found on the Opera House web site at www.fredopera.org “http://www.fredopera.org/” \t “–blank” . Links for each film take the patron to third-party studio sites for ticket purchase. Tickets are per household. Patrons are able to view films on nearly any mobile device, smart TV, laptop or computer.

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