Many documentary short contenders tug at voters’ heartstrings.
Members of the Academy Documentary Branch picked five documentary short nominees out of 104 submissions for the 2019 Oscars. Voters are often moved by people with disabilities and life-threatening crises. This year’s varied topics range from “End Game,” Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein’s heart-rending look at how families let their terminal loved ones go, Marshall Curry’s Nazi rally “A Night at the Garden,” and feminist sanitary pad movie “Period. End of Sentence” to “Zion,” about a disabled sports star, which recently won Best Short at the IDA Awards, where lyrically photographed immigrant crisis film “Lifeboat” and hard-hitting British slice-of-life “Black Sheep” were also nominated.
Last year’s winner, Frank Stiefel’s “Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” broke out on the festival circuit.
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The contenders are ranked in order of their likelihood to win:
“Period. End of Sentence.”
“A Night at the Garden”