LPCA?presents two nights of Oscar-nominated short films

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts Film Series features two nights of the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts.

On Feb. 20, the animated shorts will be screened, and on Feb. 21, the live action shorts will be featured. Both screenings will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $6 per screening or $10 for both nights and are available at the door or can be purchased in advance at 518-523-2512 or online at

Animated shorts

Feb. 20

The program for Best Animated Short will be hosted by last year’s winners: William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” Program includes: “Head Over Heels” (UK), in which a couple who have grown apart (he lives on the floor and she on the ceiling) seek a way to put their marriage back together; “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’ ” (USA), in which Maggie, longing to be grouped with the gifted children at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald; “Paperman” (USA), the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City who only has his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get the attention of the girl of his dreams; “Fresh Guacamole” (USA), in which we learn how to transform familiar objects into fresh guacamole; and “Adam and Dog” (USA), the story about the dog of Eden, and what happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable. Run time: 1hour, 28 minutes.

Live action shorts

Feb. 21

The program for Best Live Action Short will be hosted by last year’s winner: Luke Matheny, writer/director of “God of Love.” Program includes: “Asad” (South Africa/USA), a coming-of-age fable of a Somali boy who is faced with either falling into a life of piracy, or choosing the path of an honest fisherman; “Buzkashi Boys” (Afghanistan/USA), the story of two best friends-a street urchin and a blacksmith’s son-who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in war-torn Kabul; “Curfew” (USA), in which Richie, at the lowest point of his life, gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece Sophia for the evening; “Death of a Shadow” (Belgium/France), in which a strange collector imprisons the shadow of Nathan (Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone), a soldier who died during World War I, and gives him a second life against 10,000 captured shadows; and “Henry” (Canada), in which Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil the day the love of this life, Maria, disappears mysteriously.

Run time: 1 hour, 53 minutes.