Providence Children's Film Festival

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Gus Outdoors Fish Frenzy: A Kid’s Fishing Life

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

2017 | Directed by Gus & Sean Nightingale

Join Gus in his latest Gus Outdoors adventure as he fishes along the coast of Rhode Island in search of search of Bluefish, Striped Bass & more.

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Ashley Bryan’s World

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

Ashley Bryan’s World
2016 | Directed by Richard Kane

I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly is a new documentary film about this 94 year old artist who skips and jumps in his heart like a child, yet is a spiritually deep creative genius and poet of 50+ children’s books, maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. Born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Ashley’s talent was nurtured by artist Romare Bearden. Ashley was drafted out of art school into the segregated US army at age 19. He served in an all-Black battalion during World War II and preserved his humanity by drawing, stowing supplies in his gas mask. Ashley now lives on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine, and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. He quotes Marian Anderson admonishing “to keep another down you have to hold them down, and therefore cannot … soar to the potential within you.” He spreads beauty and joy through his linocut prints exhorting “Let My People Go” to the tune of the Spiritual Oh Mary Don’t You Weep, a song composed by slaves, sung by Kim and Reggie Harris with Bernice Johnson Reagon. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.

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Imagine Kolle 37

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

Imagine Kolle 37
2017 | Directed by Michele Meek

“Imagine Kolle 37” is a short documentary/narrative hybrid film about two girls who imagine their way to Kolle 37, a real adventure playground in Berlin, Germany.

Recently called “the mother of all Berlin playgrounds” by The New York Times, Kolle 37 enables children to build and climb three-story wooden structures, make fire, and use hammers, saws and axes. Founded in 1990, Kolle 37 invites young people ages six through sixteen, without their parents, to embrace risky play in the “adventure playground” under the loose supervision of playworkers.

Although about 1,000 adventure playgrounds exist in Europe, there are only a few in the U.S. where the concept of “free play” is becoming an endangered concept. But adventure playgrounds not only encourage young people to play outdoors in all seasons, they also provide children a chance to face risk, learn skills, and build confidence.

Ultimately, “Imagine Kolle 37” poses the question—can we, as Americans, imagine Kolle 37, which in fact is a real children’s playground in Berlin?

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This Time It’s Shopping

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Chek Wingo

A family-friendly short about a peculiar customer who interrupts a gift store owner’s quiet day. Is she really shopping… or is this some kind of game?

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Ripple

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Conner Griffith

An exploration of the grown and the manufactured through their recurring motifs.

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The Something

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Tom Babbitt

The Something is an animated re-imagining of a children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt, beloved author of Tuck Everlasting. Fully drawn, scored, edited and voiced by her son, Tom Babbitt—an animator, artist, filmmaker and musician living in New England. In the story, a monster boy lays awake at night, frightened that “something” will come through his window. He turns his weird little world upside down in his dogged search to understand and confront his fear – which he finds, in a way, through the “looking glass…”

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Zompost!

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Mike Bell/Beth Bell

A tongue-in-cheek approach to the traditional how-to-video, this short film teaches you the basics of composting with Zombies.

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Monocular Man: My Eye & Saturn V

Sep 2015 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Jack Feldstein

An animated short about a teen’s triumphant, touching and often hilarious adjustment after losing his eye in a fireworks accident.

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the Scared is scared

Sep 2014 | Posted by:

2013 | Directed by Bianca Giaever

I asked a six year old boy what my movie should be about. This is what he told me.