176 First St. East
3 and up
Cinematic Bon Bons: Dance, animation, ephemoral films to delight the senses
and spark dreams of flight. Most films have no necessary dialogue, otherwise
THE DIVE Kia Simon, Dir. From USA, no dialogue, (4:30)
dancers move fluidly in suspension-a sensational anti-gravity experience
set to equally ethereal music.
MAIL BOTTLE by Andreas Palegolas, Sweden 2002 (1:00)
Award winning bubbly animated answer to the Swedish Post Office competition
"To-From" where a bottle is tossed around the world collecting
ONE MINUTE EGG by Katy Kavanaugh, USA (1:00)
tinted, eggs balanced, eggs animated-Eggs are beautiful! How do you like
DIG Anne Troake, dir., New Foundland), no dialogue. (4:00)
Three mighty steam shovels exhibit their delicate potential in time-lapsed
REUNION by Terry Green and Nori Tolson USA 2002 (2:00)
A sensual overlay of Moroccan-scented graphics with Super8 footage of
TO FLY by Mary Moran, USA 2001 (5:00)
A choreographer's composite of animation,Super8 footage of her childhood
with, and swinging offer a poetic essay about a child's courage.
THE DREAM OF FLIGHT by Rick Rauci, USA 2003 (4:00)
manipulated archival footage of images of flight set to Erik Satie will
stay in memories 'til bedtime and longer.
TRANSFIXED by Jason Britski, Nova Scotia, Canada 2002 (1:48)
A boy discovers the wind from the car window and is transfixed by the
sensation. Filmed in Super8 and transformed in video.
TWO WORKS FROM JULIE-CHRISTINE FORTIER, France
Two videos by the French humorist and performance artist.
Rien Ne Va Plus-Julie-Christine spins an optical
Line Up-A sparky message goes in one ear and
out the other .
BALLERINAS by Kunuk Platoú and Valerie E. Saunders, Denmark
Produced by an American who danced for the Royal Danish Ballet and a native
Greenlander, here is a frolicking story of three girls who love to dance
and enter a ballet school. The story truly captures the essence of a dancer's
love of movement, the days in dance school and the thrill of finally getting
GEMS TRT: 45:00 A collection of short live-action films from a diverse
cross-section of stories, styles and paces, each a succinct and beautifully
LA NOTA FINAL (The Last Note) by Maite Riviera de Carbonelle, Spain/Cuba
2000 (6:00) We see the streets of Havana as Gabriel searches for the perfect
bottle to complete his own perfect scale in his own rhythm.
TILBAGE TI BYEN (Going Back Home) by Michael W. Horston, Denmark (18:00)
Short Film Award, Berlin Kinderfilmfest 2000. A nine year-old girl and
her family move from the Copenhagen city to the country and she's not
happy about the move until she meets a hearty country girl her age who
generously shows her a new world. English subtitles.
PUGALO (Scarecrow) by Alexander Kott, Russia, no dialogue (10:00) Gently
paced and masterfully photographed black and white, the film shows a boy
finding beauty amidst the stark landscape of the Russian steppes.
PRETTY BIG DIG by Anne Troake, Newfoundland, Canada 2002, no dialogue
(4:00) Director Troake choreographed three mighty land excavators in an
exhibition of uncanny grace.
THE LETTER and shorts
TRT: 73:00 Ages 8 and up
Short: THROUGH MY EYES by Laurance Mazouni, (9:00), US/France, 2000
Through My Eyes journeys across five countries, following the elusive
and innocent gaze of a child. Though border and language separate the
children, the film explores the similarities of the reflexive nature between
its subject and the lens.
Feature: THE LETTER by Denijal Hasanovic,(49:00) Bosnia/Poland, 2001
Screened at the Berlin Kinderfilmfest. Ten year-old, Aldin Stupar. lives
with his mother and younger sister in a refugee camp. One day, his best
friend Enes, who had lost a leg to a mine, breaks a crutch in a soccer
game, and is forbidden to play anymore. The two boys craft a letter to
NATO asking for new crutches but miss the mail truck. Ado embarks on the
journey to the next post office and to growing up. People he meets along
the way impart their philosophies and help him understand what is happening
around him. Ado's hope and determination along with the kindnesses of
these indomitable people, easily take the foreground to the backdrop of
war-torn Bosnia, showing the perseverance of the human spirit starting
ages 8 and up
DONG SUNG (The Little Monk) with short
Short: TRANSFIXED by Jason Britski, (1:48) Nova Scotia 2002
discovers the wind from the car window and is transfixed by the sensation.
Filmed in Super8 and transformed in video.
DONG SUNG (Little Monk) by Joo Kyung Jung, (102:00), Korea, 2003,
Received Special Mention at the Berlin Kinderfilmfest, 2003. Nine year-old
Do-Nyeom lives in a remote monastery with an older novice and the abbot.
When the boys' regimented though peaceful lives are interrupted by a visit
from woman mourning her dead son and an exciting trip to the city, desires
for earthly lives ensue. Though the abbot is kind, he is convinced that
only monastic life can surmount Do-Nyeomıs ancestor's bad karma, leaving
the boy to make a critical decision for himself. This film was part of
the Berlin Film Festivalıs theme "towards tolerance." The program
of the 2003 Kinderfilmfest included stories about children examining religions