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Oscar Short Films to Take Place at Bellevue Avenue Library Jan. 25


MONTCLAIR, NJ - A free short film presentation is scheduled to take place at the Bellevue Avenue Library in Upper Montclair on Sunday, January 25, from 3-5p.m.

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

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,” at the Bellevue Avenue Library in Upper Montclair on Sunday, January 25, from 3-5p.m.

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“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 film making. The event culminates with a special screening of “Ferry Tales” - a film about the ‘secrets’ of the Staten Island Ferry 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 6th year, will once again screen all of this year’s Academy Award® nominated short films on Sunday, February 22nd from 10AM - 6PM. For tickets and information please visit

“Shorts 101” is free and open to the public. But seating is limited. Please RSVP to:


About “Oscar Shorts - Celebrate the Underdog”.


"Oscar Shorts - Celebrate the Underdog" is a one-day film marathon showcasing all the current year's Oscar nominated short films (animated, live action, and documentary). These "underdogs" of the Academy Awards are great films that audiences hardly ever get to see. Many filmmakers start their careers in short films and we want to foster that appreciation and craft. 

The festival also brings together students, industry experts and the local community of film lovers to share an experience that inspires, educates and entertains. 

This year’s event takes place February 22nd at Mt. Hebron Middle School. For tickets and information, please visit

About Corinna Sager

Corinna Sager is an award winning, international director and producer. She is the owner and President of Lifestyle International, a communications agency for corporate communications, TV/video productions, and live events. She has directed and produced in many countries around the world including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Singapore, Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa and even Togo.

She also co-produces short documentaries, which have screened at prestigious festivals around the world, such as Woodstock, Monaco, Hamburg and Palm Springs and been broadcast on HBO, PBS, IFC, and the Franco-German cultural channel ARTE. Her short documentary Ferry Tales, about the secrets of the Staten Island Ferry Women’s Powder Room, was nominated for a 2004 Academy Award®.

Corinna Sager is the co-founder and co-producer with Jeanne Reilly of “Oscar Shorts - Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival, which screens all the Oscar nominated short films in Montclair, NJ.

About Ferry Tales - A Film by Katja Esson


Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short, FERRY TALES exposes a secret world that exists in the powder room of the Staten Island Ferry--a place that brings together suburban moms and urban dwellers, white-collar and blue-collar, sisters and socialites. For 30 minutes every day, they gather around mirrors to put on their makeup – talking not as wives, mothers, or professionals, but just as themselves. Sassy and honest, they dish on everything from sex scandals to stilettos, family problems to September 11th, leaving stereotypes at the door and surprising viewers with their straight-shooting wisdom. Utterly charming and often outrageous, FERRY TALES gives these unlikely heroines their moment in the spotlight.


About Brian Lacivita and Mt. Hebron Middle School Broadcast Video

Brian J Lacivita is an experienced member of the production community and the newest addition Mount Hebron Middle School staff. Before becoming the Broadcast Studio instructor at Mount Hebron, Brian worked in various production and educational positions in the Philadelphia area. After graduating from Kutztown University in 2003, he served as an audio-visual technician (music operator, video editor and camera operator) for Comcast-Spectacor, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. He worked as the Media Specialist - providing all video/audio/photographic material - and as an Instructional Assistant at North Montco Technical Career Center (Lansdale, PA) for several years before joining Mount Hebron.

Broadcast Studio is an elective at Mount Hebron Middle School that introduces students to the essential skills necessary to create their own short videos. The course covers basic scriptwriting, camera operation and editing in iMovie with a focus on production concepts, video terminology and equipment safety.



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