Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Oscar's Short-Film Races Could Surprise

Nick Park leads ani category; doc, live-action harder to predict
By Gregg Kilday | February 9, 2010

Set aside the showdown between "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" for a moment. Stop obsessing over whether Sandra or Meryl will take home the best actress trophy.

Further down the list of nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, there are several other races brewing that could result in genuine Oscar Night surprises -- even if those surprises will be fully appreciated only by those aficionados who track the three short-film categories.

Among the live-action shorts, "Kavi," a USC thesis film by Gregg Helvey, could serve as a companion piece to "Slumdog Millionaire": It looks at modern-day slavery through the eyes of an Indian boy working in a brick factory.

"The Door" follows at a family uprooted by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Set in Australia, "Miracle Fish" re-creates a school shooting as experienced by one boy. "Instead of Abracadabra" opts for laughs at the expense of an inept, would-be magician. And "The New Tenants," with a cast that includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Kevin Corrigan and David Rakoff, concerns two men who are met with a series of unsettling surprises when they move in to a New York apartment.

"Tenants" marks the fifth nom for Danish company M&M Prods., which has shown an affinity for this particular category since picking up wins for 1998's "Election Night" and 2002's "This Charming Man."

But the live-action category can be notoriously difficult to predict -- which is why office Oscar pools were born. Full article

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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