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Hollywood in Detroit

Put on your red carpet best and get ready to dodge the paparazzi

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

Storyteller at Core Detroit
Dance party crasher; wordsmith; downtowner;Disney geek; whipped cream junkie; die-hard Tigers fan. Join me on on my epic quest for the perfect turkey reuben.
Kat Rembacki

What do a lonely typographer, a melancholy old bear and an 18-year old honor killing survivor have in common?

They were the big winners at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. This year’s Oscar nominated short films are a menagerie of drama, humor and action – from heart wrenching stories of obstacles overcome to biting farcical comedy.

Tomorrow, you can binge watch all the nominated films in one night at Hollywood in Detroit, a big post-Oscars bash hosted by Detroit Passport to the Arts (DP2A). Get ready to put on your red carpet best and dodge the paparazzi at this glamorous film showcase. 

The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a red carpet fashion show at the Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). You’ll get to strut down the red carpet yourself, while the paparazzi cameras flash around you.  A screening of all 15 Oscar nominated short films (live action, animated and documentary) will follow at 7 p.m.

Bear Story took home the Oscar for best animated short. The Chilean film about a bear and his circus diorama has no dialogue but the clever design and whimsical story will draw you in without ever uttering a word.

The big live action winner, Stutterer, is a modern day romance. Greenwood is a typographer who writes beautifully but struggles with a speech impediment. After meeting and falling for a girl online, he must face his greatest fear: talking with her in person. Will their offline romance last?

Ave Maria is a laugh-out-loud romp with a family of Israeli settlers whose car breaks down in front of a convent of nuns who have taken a vow of silence. The New York Times called it a Middle Eastern “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The action-packed Day One follows an interpreter thrust into the thick of the action in Afghanistan with the U.S. military in pursuit of a bomb maker. But instead of disarming bombs, the team find themselves delivering a baby.

In the documentary category, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness tells the captivating story of an 18-year old Pakistani girl sentenced to death for falling in love. She survives the attempted honor killing, but then must face a difficult moral decision: publicly forgive her attackers and be freed, or condemn their actions and face further persecution?

After the show, head across the street (free shuttle available) to the Detroit Historical Museum for a party in the Streets of Old Detroit exhibit. Nibble on bites provided by Holiday Market and sip libations from the open bar while you stroll over the cobblestone streets, past the Sanders Confectionary and old timey barber shop. The DHM bash begins at 9:15 p.m., immediately following the film screenings.

Tickets for Hollywood in Detroit cost $40 and are available online.

If you’re not already a member of DP2A, this is a good time to consider joining. The program offers an introduction to Detroit’s art and cultural scene for anyone aged 45 and under. With your passport for up to six destinations, you’ll get to experience Detroit’s visual arts, opera, symphony, theatre, film and chamber music while hanging out with other cool young people like you who really appreciate a good party. DP2A after-parties are legendary.

For more information about DP2A, check out their website.

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