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The Music Box Theatre Presents 2022 OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS Starting Friday, February 25, 2022

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For the 17th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. The Music Box Theatre will open the 2022 OSCAR-NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS on Friday, February 25, 2022. 

**Note: These shorts contain mature themes. The animated shorts in particular this season are not kid friendly.**

A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 27.

In addition, the Music Box Theatre will begin playing the 2022 OSCAR-NOMINATED LIVE ACTION and ANIMATED SHORT FILMS programs, beginning Friday, March 4, 2022.

For showtimes and information on the Documentary Shorts, click here:

For showtimes and information on the Live Action Shorts, click here:

For showtimes and information on the Animated Shorts, click here:

“Unsung but worth your time.” — The New York Times

“Big issues tackled in brief films.” — Variety


AUDIBLE – Dirs: Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean, USA, 39 min.

AUDIBLE is a cinematic and immersive coming-of-age documentary following Maryland School for the Deaf high school athlete Amaree McKenstry and his close friends as they face the pressures of senior year and grappling with the realities of venturing off into the hearing world. Amaree and his teammates take out their frustrations on the football field as they battle to protect an unprecedented winning streak, while coming to terms with the tragic loss of a close friend. This is a story about kids who stand up to adversity. They face conflict, but approach the future with hope – shouting to the world that they exist and they matter.

LEAD ME HOME – Dirs: Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk, USA, 39 min.

500,000 Americans experience homelessness every night. LEAD ME HOME captures the experience from multiple perspectives. This immersive, cinematic film personalizes the overwhelming issue by telling the real-life stories of those going through it as a first step toward challenging uninformed attitudes and outmoded policies and gives the audience a rare, in-depth look at the scale, scope and diversity of unsheltered America today.

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL – Dir: Ben Proudfoot, USA, 22 min.

She is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. Three national trophies. Scored the first basket in women’s Olympic basketball at the 1976 Olympics. Drafted to the NBA. But have you ever heard of Lucy Harris? From executive producer Shaquille O’Neal.

THREE SONGS FOR BENAZIR – Dirs: Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei, Afghanistan, 22 min.

The story of Shaista, a young man who—newly married to Benazir and living in a displacement camp in Kabul—struggles to balance his dreams of being the first from his tribe to join the Afghan National Army with the responsibilities of starting a family. The film’s remarkable access sheds light on the experience of modern-day Afghans who live, love, and seek space for themselves amid constant instability. Nominated for the 15th Annual Cinema Eye Honors and winner of six jury awards, including Best Short at Full Frame.

WHEN WE WERE BULLIES – Dir: Jay Rosenblatt, USA/Germany, 36 min.

A mind-boggling coincidence leads the filmmaker to track down his fifth-grade class and teacher to examine their memory of and complicity in a bullying incident 50 years ago.


ALA KACHUU - TAKE AND RUN – Dirs: Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger, Kyrgyzstan/Switzerland, 38 min.

THE DRESS – Dirs: Tadeusz Łysiak and Maciej Ślesicki, Poland, 30 min.

THE LONG GOODBYE – Dirs: Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed, UK/Netherlands, 12 min.

ON MY MIND – Dirs: Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson, Denmark, 18 min.

PLEASE HOLD – Dirs: K.D. Dávila and Levin Menekse, USA, 19 min.



AFFAIRS OF THE ART – Dirs: Joanna Quinn and Les Mills, UK/Canada, 16 min.

BESTIA – Dirs: Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz, Chile, 15 min.

BOXBALLET – Dir: Anton Dyakov, Russia, 15 min.

ROBIN ROBIN – Dirs: Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, UK, 32 min.

THE WINDSHIELD WIPER – Dirs: Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez, USA/Spain, 14 min.

Pricing & Scheduling: Ticket prices are $11 ($8 for Music Box members). Become a member:

About Music Box Theatre:

Operating since 1929, the Music Box Theatre has been the premier venue in Chicago for independent and foreign films for more than three decades, playing host to over 200,000 patrons annually. It currently has the largest theater space operated full time in the city. The Music Box Theatre is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation. SMBC, through its Music Box Films division, also distributes foreign and independent films in the theatrical, DVD, and television markets throughout the United States; and through its Music Box Direct subsidiary, operates an online streaming service offering the best of foreign and independent films.

Regular events produced, presented and hosted at Music Box Theatre include the 70mm Film Festival; the genre film festival Cinepocalypse; the annual 24-hour horror-movie marathon Music Box of Horrors; and Noir City: Chicago, co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation.

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