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Point Loma Nazarene University

January 11, 2010 16:29 ET

PLNU Alum's Film in the Running for Oscar Nomination

Point Loma Nazarene University Alumnus Destin Daniel Cretton Is Making His Alma Mater Proud With a Place in the Top Ten Short Films up for This Year's Oscar Nomination

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - "Short-term 12," a film by 2001 PLNU alumnus Destin Daniel Cretton, already won the United States Jury Prize for short films at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Now it looks like the film may end up as an Oscar nominee. Earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films have advanced in the voting process for the 2010 Academy Awards. Cretton's film is one of the 10.

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee helped winnow the list from the 71 films originally qualified in the category to the 10 that are still in the running. They viewed all the eligible entries at screenings in New York and Los Angeles and made their preliminary votes. Three to five Oscar nominees will be selected from the remaining 10 films after more screenings take place in January.

The Academy Awards nominees will be announced on February 2, 2010, and the 82nd Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Other PLNU alumni involved with the film include Bekah Macias (class of 2006), production coordinator; Brad Kester (class of 2007), assistant director; Jared Callahan (class of 2005), assistant director; and Whitney Ball (class of 2005), production assistant.

About "Short-term 12":

Based on experiences Cretton had working at a residential facility for at-risk teenagers, the film stars Brad William Henke as "Denim," the supervisor of a residential facility that houses 15 teen victims of abuse and neglect. The film has won awards at numerous film festivals, including the following:

--  2009 Sundance Film Festival: Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking
--  2009 Seattle International Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize 
--  2009 Cinevegas: Jury Prize, Best Short Film
--  2009 Genart Film Fest: Audience Award, Best Short Film
--  2009 Aspen Shortsfest: Special Jury Recognition
--  2009 Independent Film Festival Boston: Audience Award, Best Short
--  2009 Ashland Independent Film Festival: Best Short Film Finalist

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