Death, dementia, addiction and despair are just a few of the cheery subjects examined in the latest program of Oscar nominated shorts, which are currently screening in advance of the ceremony on the 26th. Two of the five nominees are good: Pixar’s Piper is a visually marvelous short about a young sandpiper. (It originally screened at the beginning of Finding Dory so you might have seen it already.) I’ll be rooting for Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha. The Bulgarian animator, who once colored an entire short with his own blood, used linocut prints to tell the story of a girl whose two eyes see very different things. The other nominees include a gloomy western, a sappy music video, and a long, joyless noir-styled drama about alcoholism. Several honorable mentions are included to fill out a 90 minute program, and they’re generally more interesting than the actual nominees.
The Cable Car is alternating screenings of the Live Action and Animated Shorts programs.