As a family of film lovers and a business sponsor of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, we would be devastated to lose this locally owned and operated cinema.
Category: movies + media
It’s not often that our children have access to so many quality films from around the globeâ€”shorts, features, animation, live action, and documentariesâ€”with an emphasis on the craft of film and storytelling and not superfluous merchandise or action figures. Now that the 2013 Providence Children’s Film Festival (and school vacation) has begun I’m taking some time off from Kidoinfo to work the festival and watch movies with my boys. Hope to see you at the movies!
Deepen the experience of the Providence Childrenâ€™s Film Festival! Film Talks will provide additional education about challenging topics, access to film writers, directors and program staff, and the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking dialogue.
To learn more about the following films, conversations, and how to purchase tickets, visit the PCFF website.
If you will be watching the Superbowl this weekend, do you envision a Norman Rockwell moment of uninterrupted game-watching with your children? There will be all sorts of sideshows going on, and all sorts of maintenance to be performed. Here are a few tips for enjoying the Superbowl with youngerâ€”or just less intensely interestedâ€”kids.
Foods, trivia, bingo, and advertising mayhem!
The festival presents six days of high-quality non-commercial films geared to children and youth ages 3-18. Each year, the festival showcases an exciting array of international independent features, live-action, animation and documentaries that cover a wide swath of cultural themes and global perspectives, opening the door for stimulating conversations and discussions. Tickets go on sale February 1, 2013!
I look forward to being part of this upcoming Salon at the Providence Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF).
How Do You Talk to Kids About Film?
Friday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
For the parents:
Join the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) for an informal panel discussion about watching films with your children. Leading the conversation will be special guests:
Dr. Renee Hobbs, Professor + Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media, URI
Anisa Raoof, Founder + Editor, Kidoinfo
Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, PCFF
Looking for something to do with your kids during this holiday vacation? Hereâ€™s the Kidoinfo Top 12 List of things to do â€“ many are Free and Cheap. Check the Kidoinfo calendar and blog for even more ideas.
The film, Lincoln, stars Daniel Day Lewis portraying one of the most important presidents of the United States. Perfectly timed with my sons’ study of the American Civil War, directed by Steven Spielberg, one of their favorite directors, made for a fine family movie adventure. Read what young Flack thinks about the movie. – Anisa
Lincoln tells the inspiring true story of Abraham Lincoln and his attempt to persuade the House of Representatives to vote for the 13th Amendment. In doing so slavery will be abolished. If Lincoln loses the vote he will have to wait until the war is over. And if the Union wins and the South rejoins the US, the South will surely vote against the Amendment. You probably already know how the vote turns out but you donâ€™t know how Lincoln, Secretary of State William Seward, and others try to persuade Democrats to help pass the Amendment. The time is mid 1860â€²s and the Civil War is almost over.
4 1/2 Stars
Looking for a holiday film? Today Flack, a young film critic, reviews Arthur Christmas. Find more reviews on flickflackmovietalk, a blog where two eleven-year-old boys talk about movies.
Arthur Christmas tells the story of the Claus family. Thereâ€™s the current Santa named Malcolm, the classic looking ho-ho ho man; thereâ€™s Steve, the modern and selfish one whoâ€™s next in line; and then thereâ€™s the Grandsanta, whoâ€™s been retired for a while but still quite lively. Of course thereâ€™s also, not surprisingly, just one Mrs. Claus and lots and lots of elves.
Last year, I asked my boys to put together a list of Halloween themed-movies. Since they love writing and reviewing movies for their film blog, FlickFlackMovieTalk.com, they welcomed the challenge to select some films beyond the obvious classics. (Itâ€™s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brownâ€”a half-hour specialâ€”is still one of our annual traditions.) Not all of their picks are about Halloween but chosen because they are either scary, have a scene with Halloween within, or have a fun yet creepy style that reminds you of the holiday.