Queen of Basketball

Each year the Academy Award honors a group of quality movies that don’t fit into their main categories because of their length. They’re short movies – 40 minutes or less. For the 36th year, all of the nominated movies can be viewed for free at the Wichita Public Library and ahead of the televised Academy Awards

This year there are 15 nominated short movies in three categories. There are five animated shorts, five live action short, and five documentary shorts.

The screenings will take place at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St.:

  • Sat., March 19, all categories, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Mon., March 21, documentaries, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Thurs. March 24, animated and live action, 1-4:30 p.m.

  • Sat., March 26, all categories, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you can’t stay for the entire screening, drop-in and watch what you can. The films at the Library’s screenings are not rated and may not be suitable for all audiences. All films presented this year have an R-rating consideration.

Several African-Americans have been nominated in these categories in the past. In 2020 “Hair Love,” an animated short about a father who must tame his daughter’s full, natural tresses, won top honors in the animated shorts category.

This year, “The Queen of Basketball,” executive produced by Steph Curry and Shaq O’Neal, is nominated in the category of short documentary. The movies tells the story of Luisa “Lucy” Harris, of one of the greatest women’s basketball players. She won 3 national trophies, scored the first basket in women’s Olympic history, and was drafted to the NBA. But you’ve probably never heard of Lusia “Lucy” Harris. Harris died unexpectedly on Janury 18 at age 66.

Three-time NBA Champion and two-time MVP Stephen Curry has joined forces with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal to support the Academy Award® nominated short subject documentary “The Queen of Basketball” as executive producer with a mission to make Lusia “Lucy” Harris a household name. Harris died unexpectedly at age 66 on January 18.

The Library encourages moviegoers to mask up and social distance for in-person short film screenings.

In 1986, the Wichita Public Library made Wichita one of the first cities in the country to let the public view short films nominated in the animated, live action and documentary categories outside of major cities, like New York and Los Angeles.

The 94th Academy Awards® will be televised on Sunday, March 27, 2022.


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