Event Pick: The Charles screens this year’s Oscar-nominated short films

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Still from the trailer for “Negative Space,” from MICA animation faculty members Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, nominated for “Best Short Animated Film” in this year’s Oscars. Image via Tiny Inventions.

Partake in some of the ongoing Oscar buzz tonight by watching some of the lesser-hyped, more abbreviated but equally impressive films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards in the short films categories.

The first of two screenings at The Charles Theatre in Station North tonight will showcase five animated shorts that received nods for the year’s most-hyped awards in film. That’ll include: the 5-minute “Negative Space,” from married MICA animation faculty members Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata; “Dear Basketball,” another 5-minute film from Kobe Bryant himself and Disney animator Glen Keane; “Lou,” a brief Pixar piece about a mysterious lost-and-found box; “Revolting Rhymes,” Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh’s 29-minute animation of part of Roald Dahl’s twisted poetry collection; and Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon’s “Garden Party,” a 7-minute journey of amphibians exploring their environs. (As a bonus, the screening will offer three additional shorts as well: “Lost Property Office,” “Coin Operated” and “Achoo.”)

The second screening will be of the live-action variety. This year’s nominated films include Reed Van Dyk’s “DeKalb Elementary,” a timely portrayal of a school shooting in Atlanta; “The Silent Child,” Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton’s 20-minute work about a profoundly deaf young girl learning to communicate; Kevin Wilson Jr.’s “My Nephew Emmett,” about Mose Wright trying to protect his nephew, Emmett Till, from his horrible fate at the hands of racists in Mississippi; “The Eleven O’Clock,” a film by Derin Seale and Josh Lawson about a spiraling psychiatric session; and Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen’s “Watu Wote/All of Us,” about a December 2015 terrorist attack on a bus in Kenya by Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab.

The animated works will start screening at 7:05 p.m., while the live action ones start at 9:35 p.m.

Tickets $12, including fees; The Charles, 1711 N. Charles Street, 410-727-3464, thecharles.com.

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