Oscar-nominated short films featured at the Ross

A scene from "Paperman," part of the Oscar-nominated short film program.
A scene from "Paperman," part of the Oscar-nominated short film program.

The annual showcase of short films nominated for Academy Awards opens today at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. "Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013" is divided into four programs, with separate admission charged for each program. Festival passes, good for admission to all four programs, are available.

Also showing at the Ross is "The House I Live In." Both "The House I Live In" and "Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013" are not rated and show through Feb. 14.

The four Oscar-nominated short film programs are animation, live action, and two types of documentaries. Each program will include the Oscar-nominated films and a host segment from previous Academy Award winners William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg, Luke Matheny, and Daniel Junge.

A complete list of the short films by program and descriptions of each is available at http://www.theross.org/nowshowing.php?mid=607.

Festival pass prices are $15 general admission, $12.50 for senior citizens and military, and $10 for students, children and members of the Friends of the Ross.

Filmed in more than 20 states, “The House I Live In” captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s war on drugs.

In 40 years, the United States’ war on drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests. The war has made America the world’s largest jailer. Yet, drugs remain cheaper, purer and more available today than ever before.

“The House I Live In” tells the stories of this war. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film looks beyond misguided policy and examines how economic corruption has fueled the war.

For more information, go to http://www.theross.org or call 402-472-5353.

More details at: http://www.theross.org