Presenting the annual program of 5 short films nominated for Best Short Film: Documentary at the 2023 Academy Awards.

With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 12th.

Films Include:


Director: Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev

Synopsis: A man is waiting in his hut in the desolate expanse of the Russian Arctic. He is holding out in order to observe a natural event that occurs here, every year. But ocean warming is taking its toll.

How Do You Measure a Year?
USA/29 MINS/2022

Director: Jay Rosenblatt

Synopsis: For 17 years, filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt filmed his daughter Ella on her birthday in the same spot, asking the same questions. What results is a unique chance to watch time, to see a young woman come into focus physically, mentally and emotionally.

Stranger at the Gate
USA/30 MINS/2022

Director: Joshua Seftel

Synopsis: From Executive Producer Malala. After 25 years of service, a US Marine filled with hatred for Muslims plots to bomb an Indiana mosque. When he comes face to face with the immigrants he seeks to kill, the story takes a shocking twist toward compassion, grace, and forgiveness.

The Elephant Whisperers
INDIA/39 MINS/2022

Director: Kartiki Gonsalves

Synopsis: The Elephant Whisperers follows an indigenous couple as they fall in love with Raghu, an orphaned elephant given into their care, and tirelessly work to ensure his recovery and survival.

The Martha Mitchell Effect
USA/39 MINS/2022

Director: Anne Alvergue, Debra McClutchy

Synopsis: She was once as famous as Jackie O. And then she tried to take down a President. The Martha Mitchell Effect is an archival documentary portrait of the unlikeliest of whistleblowers: Martha Mitchell, a Republican cabinet wife who was gaslighted by the Nixon Administration to keep her quiet. It offers a female gaze on Watergate through the voice of the woman herself.




165 mins