Category: movies + media

Exclusive Free Film Screenings of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and Only Yesterday,  with Special Q&A with Producer Toshio Suzuki

Exclusive Free Film Screenings of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and Only Yesterday, with Special Q&A with Producer Toshio Suzuki

[ 0 ] May 17, 2012 |

On Thursday, May 31, 2012 AT 5:30PM, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), in partnership with the Providence Children’s Film Festival, will present two exclusive screenings of Studio Ghibli films, as well as a very special conversation with producer Toshio Suzuki. Spirited Away and Only Yesterday will be screened in the RISD Auditorium in their original Japanese, with English subtitles. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are available through EventBrite. Spirited Away (suitable for children ages 10 and up) will kick the evening off from 5:30 to 7:30PM, followed by the Q&A with Suzuki from 7:30 to 8:30PM. Only Yesterday (suitable for children ages 14 and up) will play from 9:00 to 11:00PM.

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Road Trip: 2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Road Trip: 2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

[ 0 ] May 8, 2012 |

We recently spent our April Vacation in Toronto attending the TIFF Kids International Film Festival.

TIFF Kids offers children and youth the opportunity to learn about cultural perspectives from around the world through the power of the moving image. More than just a day at the movies, TIFF Kids includes two public weekends for ages three and up and a two week long School Program for students in elementary schools. Featuring the best of Canadian and international cinema for children and youth, TIFF Kids offers a compelling selection of features and shorts on diverse subjects in a variety of genres and styles. It provides a rare opportunity to watch films that kids around the world are lining up to see and that in many cases may not be available again in Toronto.

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Family Matters: 20 Ideas for Screen-Free Week

Family Matters: 20 Ideas for Screen-Free Week

[ 0 ] April 27, 2012 |

It’s time for Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6, 2012), the national celebration where children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning on life. It’s a time, as the organizers say, “to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends.”

Are you up for the challenge. Here’s how it works in our family…

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Aardman’s new film The Pirates! Band of Misfits is fun for the whole family!

Aardman’s new film The Pirates! Band of Misfits is fun for the whole family!

[ 0 ] April 26, 2012 |

Aardman Studios’ new movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits based on Gideon Defoe’s book, The Pirates! opens Friday, April 27th. We had a sneak peak of the film during the recent TIFF Kids International Film Festival. This stop-motion animation film combines swashbuckling comedy with science. Family-friendly with themes of loyalty and friendship mixed with adventure and British humor. Lots of fun gags without the bathroom humor, drinking, or scantily clad women.

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Going to the Movies…2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Going to the Movies…2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival

[ 0 ] April 16, 2012 |

Just wanted to let you know that Kidoinfo will be taking a break from posting this week. We are taking a road trip to the TIFF Kids International Film Festival — first time attending a festival other than our beloved Providence Children’s Film Festival. Part vacation (fueling our family’s film passion) and part work as we will be interviewing people in the industry and previewing films for the 2013 Providence Children’s Film Festival.

While we’re gone, check out…

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Reading and watching Dr. Seuss The Lorax

Reading and watching Dr. Seuss The Lorax

[ 0 ] March 16, 2012 |

My boys recently saw the animated film, The Lorax. They did not go in with high expectations for the film, more for the fun of seeing a movie with good friends and curious to how the beloved Dr. Seuss book with the same name would be adapted to the big screen. One of my sons liked it more than he thought (read review below), the other one not so much (review to follow).

I didn’t see the film but have read the book and love the way Dr. Seuss weaves a story that combines serious issues/conflicts and the repercussions that ensue depending on what the characters choose to do beckoning the reader to think about what they might do in the same situation…

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Family Matters: Watching Movies with Children

Family Matters: Watching Movies with Children

[ 0 ] February 17, 2012 |

Get to know your children through film. More often than we like to admit, parents use visual media (film) as a way to spend time away from their kids. We suggest parents use film as a reason to spend time with their kids. More than just a chance to spend a few hours together, this shared experience may lead to interesting discussions and discovery about the movie-making process, life, human behavior, and the consequences our actions have on our family, friends and the world around us.

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Join us at the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16-21, 2012

Join us at the Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16-21, 2012

[ 1 ] February 6, 2012 |

The only film festival in New England dedicated to children’s films offers quality independent movie alternatives to children and teens.

The Providence Children’s Festival hosts 6 days of films, workshops and presentations for children, youth and teens at 3 locations in downtown Providence. Watch exciting and engaging high-quality, international films, animation, and documentaries. Tickets are $7.50 general admission; $5.00 children, students, seniors which includes free admission on Saturday and Sunday (only) to the RISD Museum. Films and events at RISD Metcalf Auditorium are free with the exception of Opening night (Tickets are $15.00 adult; $10.00 children.) Discount family packages are available.

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Special Advance Screening: BIG MIRACLE

Special Advance Screening: BIG MIRACLE

[ 21 ] January 17, 2012 |

SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING!
Kidoinfo is giving readers the chance to win a family four-pack of passes to the advance screening of Universal Pictures’ BIG MIRACLE being held on Saturday, January 28 at at 10:00AM at Showcase Providence Place Cinema.

I have 5 family four packs to give away. Just tell me why you (or your children) love the ocean in the comments below and I will randomly select 5 winners on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Noon EST.

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Mark Your Calendar! Third Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival Set for February 16-21, 2012

Mark Your Calendar! Third Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival Set for February 16-21, 2012

[ 0 ] January 4, 2012 |

Six days of films and workshops in the Creative Capital

Now entering its third year, Rhode Island’s first and only festival dedicated to children’s films returns to Providence February 16-21, 2012. The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) expands this year to six days and three venues, offering families and film fans shared theatrical experiences of even more high-quality, independent and international films, animation, documentaries, film-making workshops and presentations. The Festival features films for children and youth between ages 3-18, with provided guidance for content and age appropriateness.

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