Oscars 2024: Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers’ ‘The Last Repair Shop’ Secures A Nomination!

Major congratulations to Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers on their Academy Award Best Documentary Short Film nomination for The Last Repair Shop!  Premiering last year at the Telluride Film Festival, the film would eventually go on to earn a Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards win, an HMMA Awards Best Score nomination (by Katya Richardson & Kris Bowers), a Black Reel Awards Outstanding Short Film nomination, and an Astra Award Best Short Film nomination!  This is Proudfoot and Bowers’ second Academy Award-nominated collaboration since 2020’s A Concerto Is A Conversation.

Congratulations to all the nominees this year!  The 96th Academy Awards ceremony will take place March 10, 2024 at the Dolby┬« Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC.  View the full list at The New York Times.

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Searchlight Pictures and LA Times Docs presents The Last Repair Shop now on Hulu


In a nondescript warehouse in the heart of Los Angeles, a dwindling handful of devoted craftspeople maintain over 80,000 student musical instruments, the largest remaining workshop in America of its kind. Meet four unforgettable characters whose broken-and-repaired lives have been dedicated to bringing so much more than music to the schoolchildren of the recording capital of the world. Watch “The Last Repair Shop,” directed by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers. Winner of the 2023 Critics Choice Documentary Awards for Best Short Documentary.

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