by Ken Korman
A temporary respite from Super Bowl madness can be found at the Prytania theater at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, January 31, as the New Orleans Film Society sponsors a one-time screening of this year's Oscar-nominated documentary shorts. The three-hour program compiles five films made by American directors and will include a much-needed intermission.
Inocente paints a vivid portrait of a talented but homeless teenage artist at the time of her first gallery show; King's Point delivers a harrowing vision of what's it's really like to live in a seniors home in Florida; Monday's at Racine explores the meaning of physical beauty in our culture through the story of a salon that opens its doors for free to female cancer patients one day each month; Open Heart tells the story of a group of children from Rwanda as they travel 2,500 miles to the Sudan for treatment at the only free pediatric heart clinic on the entire continent of Africa; Redemption presents a series of small, personal portraits of those who survive in New York City by collecting bottles and cans.
Ticket prices at $8.50 for NOFS members and $10.50 general admission. More information here.