Four days of movies and workshops in the Creative Capital
I am proud to announce that Kidoinfo is a media sponsor for the Providence Children’s Film Festival, Rhode Island’s first and only festival dedicated to children’s films that will take placeÂ the weekend of February 12-15, 2010. The four-day festival aims to introduce Rhode Island children and their families to the great variety of high-quality independent films made in the United States and around the world specifically for young audiences.
A delightful collection of international, American and local animated, live action and documentary films will be featured, including recent award winners and favorites from major North American children’s film festivals, such as the New York, Chicago and Toronto International Children’s Film Festivals.Â A partnership with Ale Kino!, one of the oldest and largest European Children’s Film Festivals (Poznan, Poland), will bring a program of award-winning Polish children’s animation from 1958 to the present.Â And with support from local community arts and education organizations, such as CityArts, the screenings will include a selection of films made by Rhode Island youth.
There will be films suitable for children of all ages, with useful guidance for content and age appropriateness in the program notes. Each screening will have a live introduction, with brief comments about the films and their themes, and for the youngest viewers, questions to guide and enrich their viewing experience.
A partnership with the Department of Education at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum will bring hands-on workshops for children, designed to inspire their interest in the art, techniques and history of animation and filmmaking. The workshops will be presented by experienced filmmakers, including Annie LaVigne, animation instructor in RISD’s department of film, animation and video, and Max Porter, a RISD graduate and partner in Tiny Inventions, an award-winning animation studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The majority of screenings will take place at the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903 (www.cablecarcinema.com), with several larger screenings and presentations taking place at the 200-seat Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center of the RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Workshops will take place in the RISD museum education department classrooms.
I applaud the people behind the festival who have worked many long hours to make this event happen. The festival was conceived and organized by a group of Providence residents who were inspired by their own passion for film and the city’s rich creative environment and wanted to make more opportunities for local children to enjoy harder-to-find independent and international films. The festival organizers, who include artists, RISD faculty and nonprofit administrators, also believe strongly in the community-building potential of shared theatrical experiences, and see value in introducing children to film and animation as a way to help them make connections to their own and other cultures.
The Providence Children’s Film Festival is a not-for-profit enterprise run by an all-volunteer staff with the assistance of valuable donations of time and services from local businesses. Organizers are planning for the Providence Children’s Film Festival to be an annual event that will grow in size and scope and become a fixture on the Creative Capital’s arts and culture scene. This festival is one more reason why I love raising my children in Providence.
I know my sons are going to love this event. As some of you know, my boys are big movie buffs and they love everything about film, including how they are made, the stories, the people, the music and the final cut. They recently launched their own movie review blog, FlickFlackMovieTalk.com, so I’m sure they will post about the upcoming Providence Children’s Film Festival on their website.
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS TO DATE:
Cable Car Cinema; City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism; Cutler & Company; Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge, LLP; 4 Eyes Design; Friends of Brown Street Park; KidoInfo; Providence Athenaeum; Providence CityArts!; Rhode Island Department of Film & Television; Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Film, Animation, and Video; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Rhode Island State Council on the Arts