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It’s Oscar Time! Learn about “The Making of Shorts”


Montclair, January 2015


For the lovers of short films, the producers of “Oscar Shorts - Celebrate the Underdog” are partnering with the Montclair Public Library and Mt. Hebron Middle School for a special, free presentation: “The Making of Shorts 101” on Sunday, January 25th from 3-5PM at the Bellevue Avenue Library in Upper Montclair.


 “The Making of Shorts 101” is a detailed look at the process and challenges of making short films: from developing a story to planning, filming, editing and the distribution of that film - especially if the goal is to be eligible for Oscar® nomination. Corinna Sager, who co-produced the 2004 Academy Award® nominated short documentary “Ferry Tales”, will lead through the program. “Shorts 101” will also feature student pieces from Mt. Hebron’s Broadcast Video class, which teaches students at a young age the basic elements of filmmaking. The event culminates with a special screening of “Ferry Tales” - a film about the secrets of the Staten Island Ferry's Women's Powder Room.


 “Shorts 101” is part of the ongoing commitment of the producers of “Oscar Shorts”, Jeanne Reilly and Corinna Sager, to bring short films to the Montclair Community. “Oscar Shorts - Celebrate the Underdog”, now in its sixth year, will once again screen all of this year’s Academy Award® nominated short films on Sunday, February 22nd from 10 am - 6 pm. For more information, please send an email to  


“Shorts 101” is free and open to the public. Bellevue Avenue Library. Sunday, Jan. 25th 3-5PM


“Oscar Shorts” is back for its 5th year of celebrating the Underdog!


Montclair, Feb 18, 2014


“Oscar Shorts - celebrate the Underdog” will once again screen all the Oscar-nominated short films (live action, animated and documentary) on the day of the Academy Awards, Sunday, March 2nd.

The one-day marathon film festival will celebrate its 5th anniversary this year with a move to a new, larger, and more central location: Mt. Hebron Middle School on Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. “’Oscar Shorts’ continues to grow every year”, says co-founder and producer Jeanne Reilly, “and we’re thrilled to be able to bring these amazing films to the Montclair community! People love them and feel so inspired after seeing them. And having the chance to see all the nominated shorts before the Academy Awards gives them an 'inside edge' on the Oscar pools, which is always fun.”

“’Underdog," a legacy of the Montclair Arts Council and now sponsored by Montclair’s Parks & Recreation Department, is one of the very few opportunities in New Jersey where people can see all the nominated short films. “Most places only screen the live action and animated films”, says co-founder and producer Corinna Sager, “but the documentaries are captivating and informative. People hardly get to see them anywhere else, so it’s an exciting day.”


“Oscar Shorts” has something else that makes it special: each film is given a short introduction by Sager that offers audience members interesting additional insight into the creative process of filmmaking. “People love that,” says Reilly.

“The films are exceptional, and children love the animations,” says Sager “but because of their length, they almost never make it into a cinema. That’s why we call them ‘underdogs’ - underdogs of the Academy.”  

“Oscar Shorts - celebrate the Underdog” will screen Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 10 am - 6 pm at Mount Hebron School.  Tickets are $12 for the morning session, $15 for the afternoon and $22 for the whole day. For more details and tickets please visit


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