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“Lion’s Mouth,” “Kehinde Wiley,” make doc short Oscar shortlist

J. Christian Jensen's White Earth and Lucy Walker's The Lion's Mouth Opens are among the eight non-fiction films shortlisted for the Documentary Short Subject prize at the 87th Academy Awards.
October 20, 2014

J. Christian Jensen’s White Earth and Lucy Walker’s The Lion’s Mouth Opens are among the eight non-fiction films shortlisted for the Documentary Short Subject prize at the 87th Academy Awards.

Of the shortlisted titles, 20-minute doc White Earth is a winter portrait of North Dakota’s oil boom, while Jeff Dupre‘s SXSW-winning short Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace looks at the life of the titular New York-based portrait painter.

Walker’s Lion’s Mouth focuses on Huntington’s disease and was recently acquired by HBO, as revealed by realscreen earlier today (October 20); as was Ellen Goosenberg Kent’s doc Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, which spotlights the traumas endured by American veterans, as seen through the work of the titular hotline’s trained responders,

The eight shortlist films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies. The choices were culled from 58 eligible entries. After the next round of voting, three to five of them will earn Oscar nominations.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Perry Films
Joanna, Wajda Studio
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, Show of Force
The Lion’s Mouth Opens, Tree Tree Tree
One Child, New York University
Our Curse, Warsaw Film School
The Reaper (La Parka), Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica
White Earth, Weary Traveler

Nominees for the 87th Academy Awards will be named on January 15 at 5:30 a.m. PST, and the Oscars will take place on February 22.

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