A Brief History


"Oscar Shorts - Celebrate the Underdog" was founded in 2010 as part of the Montclair Arts Council (MAC) with the goal to share these "underdogs" of the Academy Awards with the people of Montclair since these are films people hardly ever get to see. In our one day marathon film screening we show them all and we give you behind the scene insights into each filmand having the chance to see all the nominated shorts before the Academy Awards gives you an "inside edge on the Oscar pools! 


This year we're celebrating our 8th anniversary and are delighted to be back at Buzz Aldrin Middle School. We want to thank Dr. Jill Sack, Principal of Buzz Aldrin, Daniel Taylor, STEM Coordinator and Brian Lacivita, the school's Broadcast Studio instructor for their support. We would also like to thank our sponsor - Montclair's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. 

Corinna Sager, Founder and Co-producer


Corinna Sager, President of Lifestyle International, is a multi-lingual, award winning director and producer. She creates, films and produces business communications for global corporations around the world, even in such far flung places as Russia, Brazil, Togo and Saudi Arabia.


She also produces documentaries, one of which - “Ferry Tales” - was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 and broadcast on HBO.  Her most recent one “Poetry of Resilience” won Best Short Documentary at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2011. It was also broadcast on PBS and part of a benefit for the Princess Grace Foundation in Monaco. Corinna is also an adjunct professor at Pace University for their Masters in Communication Arts program teaching "Effective Speaking", "Event Design" and "International Communications".


Jeanne Reilly, Founder and Co-producer


After more than 25 years working in Corporate America and being the driving force behind hundreds of promotional and motivational videos, Jeanne Reilly is now the President of Baldwin Street Productions, a Montclair-based agency specializing in video production and creative content for top 500 organizations.


Producer, director, rainmaker, coach - Jeanne wears many hats, knows where the talent is, and has gathered together an extensive network of the most innovative, successful and award winning talent in corporate video production.

She’s also a teacher, formerly at Seton Hall University’s graduate program in Communication and currently at the Maine Media College + Workshops in Rockport, Maine. She also provides on-site consultation and designs workshops on video production and ideation for organizations that include Charles Schwab and Raytheon. 


Jeanne is a co-founder and co-producer of “Oscar Shorts - Celebrate the Underdog” which screens all the Oscar® nominated short films in a one-day film marathon in Montclair, New Jersey every year since 2010.

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