Oscars: Eight Documentary Short Subjects Make the List

12:25 PM PST 10/10/2013 by Gregg Kilday
"CaveDigger"

Forty films were submitted, and three to five of them will earn nominations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary branch has selected a short list of eight documentary short films that will compete for the 86th Academy Awards.

The docs cover a wide array of subject matter, with many of them focusing on inspirational stories. Malcolm Clarke's The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life is a portrait of 109 year-old holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer, who offers her views on how to live a long and happy life, while Joshua Izenberg's SLOMO follows Dr. John Kitchin, a neurologist who abandons his career to take up rollerblading along the Pacific Coast.

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Others focus on various crises around the world: Karama Has No Walls, from Yemeni-Scot filmmaker Sara Ishaq looks at one tragic day during the 2011 Yemeni revolution, and Nathanael Carton's Recollections concerns survivors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

The eight films were chosen from 40 eligible entries. Three to five films will be nominated in the documentary short subject category when nominations are announced Jan. 16.

The eight films, listed in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies, are:

CaveDigger, Karoffilms. Jeffrey Karoff's film tells of Ra Paulette, an artist who digs cathedral-like caves in the sandstone cliffs of New Mexico.

Facing Fear, Jason Cohen Productions. Jason Cohen's directorial debut centers a gay man, who was attacked by a gang of neo-Nazis as a teen, and encounters one of his attackers 25 years later. 

Jujitsu-ing Reality, Sobini Films. Chetin Chabuk's documentary focuses on a screenwriter, Scott Lew, dealing with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Karama Has No Walls, Hot Spot Films. Yemeni-Scot filmmaker Sara Ishaq looks at one tragic day during the 2011 Yemeni revolution.

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Reed Entertainment. Malcolm Clarke's film is a portrait of 109 year-old holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer, who offers her views on how to live a long and happy life. Clarke, along with Bill Guttentag, won the Oscar in this category in 1989 for You Don't Have To Die.

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Prison Terminal. Shot over a six-month period at Iowa State Penitentiary, Edgar Barens' doc looks at the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner.

Recollections, Notrac Productions. Nathanael Carton's film concerns survivors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

SLOMO, Big Young Films and Runaway Films. Joshua Izenberg's film follows Dr. John Kitchin, a neurologist who abandons his career to take up rollerblading along the Pacific Coast. 

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