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Friday, November 1, 2013
4:00 - 5:30 PM

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

VIP reception by invitation

Flatbread Company at Sacco's Bowl Haven 45 Day St., Davis Square Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
6:00 PM

DOORS OPEN

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
6:30 PM

Arcadia - ages 10 and over

Twelve-year-old Greta’s dad Tom is moving the kids cross-country, promising a California paradise and packing half the household into a dented station wagon. Mom is supposed to join them later. But as they travel through forests, plains and deserts, stopping at fast food joints, shoddy motels, and a poor substitute for the Grand Canyon, Greta gradually realizes that her family is falling apart. 91 min

 

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
6:30 PM

Pet Swindle / Otter 501 - ages 10 and over

Pet Swindle is a very sweet short film that tells the story of Stanley. Stanley is on the verge of spending the summer alone with no friends in a new town until her gets an invite to go on a trip by some of his peers. Lacking funds, he desperately searches for a job and after coming up empty he begins stealing his neighbor’s pets then returns them later to collect the reward money. 11 min

In the documentary Otter 501, a young woman finds a stranded baby sea otter on a windswept beach after a storm. Peering down at the damp, shivering fur ball, she grabs her cell phone and makes a call, setting in motion a story about the otter’s struggle for survival and humans’ efforts to protect an iconic species. 85 min
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
Saturday, November 2, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop - SMART GIRLS AT THE PARTY, ages 12 and over

Smart Girls at the Party is a rapidly expanding online network and community movement. Its aim is to help young women and the people who care about them with the process of cultivating their authentic selves. We change the world by being ourselves, and being ourselves is a life long quest. This inspirational and interactive session will explore how to move beyond hair, make-up and clothes and find the tools to encourage your “braininess” to take the lead and teach you how to dream big and make it happen!

Tufts University, 419 Boston Avenue  Medford, MA 02155 Map >
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop - CYBERBULLYING 101, ages 10 and over

New media technologies often provide kids with new (and often anonymous) ways of intimidating and bullying other kids.  This workshop will focus on what cyberbullying is, the forms it takes, and the ethics of posting information and photos of other people on a public platform.

Tufts University, 419 Boston Avenue  Medford, MA 02155 Map >
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop - SOCIAL MEDIA BOOTCAMP, for Parents

The kids know it all:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and whatever is the next thing to come down the electronic pike. This workshop will help parents and caregivers learn the conventions and uses of social media, and offer advice on how to help your children navigate this ever-changing world.

Tufts University, 419 Boston Avenue  Medford, MA 02155 Map >
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

MAKING OF MALALA / GRACELAND GIRLS, ages 12 and over

The Making of Malala tells the story of Malala Yousafzai’s improbable transformation from a quiet, deferential 11-year-old living near Pakistan’s tribal areas to a teenage spokeswoman for girls’ education. 11 min

This film will be followed by Graceland Girls, a documentary that continues to examine the role of education for girls at a private school in Kenya.
28 min

Discussion to follow with Graceland Girls filmmaker Jordan Salvatoriello.

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Film - AMKA AND THE THREE GOLDEN RULES, ages 10 and over

A poor Mongolian boy discovers a gold coin.  This new found wealth makes him selfish and mean. He then goes to the countryside where his uncle teaches him three golden lessons in life. 86 min

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Workshop - DECONSTRUCTING ADS, ages 12 and over

Advertisements are the backbone of the commercial television industry, and their sole purpose is to sell you something. They are short and powerful, offering overt and subliminal messages about gender, identity and power. In this workshop you will learn how to hack into them using a great tool from The LAMP – the Media Breaker – “breaking” up short ads and smacking back with your own critical commentary.

Tufts University, 419 Boston Avenue  Medford, MA 02155 Map >
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Workshop - SMARTPHONE SHORTS, ages 10 and over

Learn how to use your phone to make a short film! In this workshop you will get tips on how to storyboard, shoot and edit a movie on your smartphone.

Tufts University, 419 Boston Avenue  Medford, MA 02155 Map >
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

BLOCK OF SHORT FILMS, ages 10 and over

Slowly but Surely An animated short film illustrating life in the undergrowth through the eyes of a snail and a dragonfly. This unlikely duo literally collide in a storm, only to find themselves stuck in pool of mud. In the process of trying to free themselves they discover that sometimes life has to be taken with patience and other times life has to be taken with haste. 12 min

The Hard Way Dutch has found himself in the hot seat once again. Steve, the new interrogator, would be considered the ‘good cop’ and what Dutch doesn’t know is that the bad cop(s) have tricks up their sleeves that no one could endure. 7 min

Slothfulness ‘Slothfulness’ is the story of a young sloth who dreams of flying, just like the tropical birds that live in his tree. Faced with adversity, the sloth must find the inner courage to chase his dream despite the heckling of naysayers. 3 min

Lantern Late one night, Molly is startled by the sound of an approaching ship. She must act quickly and overcome personal challenges to stop it from crashing in to the rocks. 4 min

Curious Cat’s Christmas A funny story about a curious cat in search for her own Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve! 4 min

Daddy ABC Two loving couple are blessed with a newborn baby. Their new blessing changes everything, and the mother is taking the major load of baby duty. Until one day she gets to a point where she decides to leave the house for a break, and leave the father for the very first time alone with their kid. 6 min

WindUp Kids, wind up toys, music, slow motion. 5 min

Daddy’s Garden Marcie’s got a problem. Her parents have stuck her at a posh private school. How’s she supposed to get in with the ‘in crowd’… especially when she lives in a little apartment and has the most embarrassing father in the world. 11 min

Connect An Autistic Boy enters public school for the first time where he has trouble fitting in because of his disability. 7 min

Menace A seven year old boy who decides to confront his bully during recess. 5 min

Morsey and Mop Follow the harebrained adventures of Morsey and Mop as they explore different professions with the help of a magical lamp. Through a series of madcap mishaps, they eventually discover their sense of place, sense of time and sense of self. 7 min

Fat Cory A story of a caterpillar named Cory saving walking tree creatures from a cyborg mining monster. A harsh battle is inevitable as he trying to rescue the last tree. 6 min

Sky Color Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? 7 min

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Film - TUSKEVAR, ages 12 and over

An adaptation of the classic Hungarian youth novel by Istvan Fekete. TUSKEVAR is a coming of age tale of two boys who spend their summer vacation at Lake Balaton.  The friends dsicover the wilderness, and become young adults by the end of the summer. 100 min

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Film and Workshop - THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGAM, ages 10 and over

In the summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit family made up of Daniel and Wilona Watson, and their three kids, 15-yr-old juvenile delinquent Byron, nerdy 11-yr-old Kenny and eight-year-old adorable sister Joetta.  When Byron’s antics go over the top, his parents realize enugh is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands’ no nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama. 90 min

At the conclusion of the screening of the film, please join Walden Media’s Vice President of Education, Randy Testa as he discusses the adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis’ Newbery Award and Coretta Scott King award-winning novel for the screen and how its themes resonate with today’s audiences, during this 50th anniversary of numerous Civil Rights milestones.

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
5:00 PM - 6:45 PM

MORE SHORT FILMS, ages 12 and over

Llameropera The idea behind Llamopera Presents is to create a series to get children interested in opera. It takes operas and summarizes the story with English lyrics over the backdrop of the operas’ overtures. The operas themselves are performed by animated, entertaining llamas and other animals and voiced by classically trained singers. 10 min

Sign of the Dragon This film centers around recently-orphaned twin girls who discover they’ve inherited the Sign of the Dragon, an ancient magic that gives supernatural abilities. With the help of their friends, they learn how to control their newly found magic and prevent the Dark Order from stealing the power of the Sign. 17 min

Ravi and Jane This is a heart warming short film which tells the story of two class mates who strike up a budding friendship. A shy 10 year old, Ravi, has just moved to Australia from his native land of Sri Lanka. On his first day in a new school, he is befriended by Jane. Whilst their lives are worlds apart, the two are inseparable until circumstances beyond their control divide them. 14 min

What Do You Know? 6-12 Year-olds Talk about Gays & Lesbians This short is an award-winning professional development film produced by Welcoming Schools for elementary school staff and parents. It features students from Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gay men and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they’d like teachers to do. 13 min

Tea Time for Tyranny  A short film about a 12-year old boy named Frank. Frank stands up against Lars, the school bully, while all his fellow seventh grade students accept being pushed around. 11 min

Everybody Has an Accent, so Why is Mine a Problem?
This short film is about Amie, a teenager from Guinea, West Africa who moves to the USA and experiences difficulties in adjusting to her new home. 11 min

Mama’s Boy The story of an 8-year-old boy who discovers a magical grandfather clock that has the powers to send him back in time, but first he’ll have to gain the courage to breakaway from his mother’s comfortable side. 6 min

The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain A young and frightened Billy goes on a journey with his older brother Johnny, to the Old West. The town of Ferro Grande is being threatened by Dirt Man Duke and the Lightning Gang ever since the Governor’s son rolled into town. Now, Sheriff Kid McLain must protect the Governor’s son and his peaceful quiet town against the vengeful Dirt Man Duke with only the help of a young cowboy barely in his teens. 18 min

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Film - ARCADIA, 10 and over

Twelve-year-old Greta’s dad Tom is moving the kids cross-country, promising a California paradise and packing half the household into a dented station wagon. Mom is supposed to join them later. But as they travel through forests, plains and deserts, stopping at fast food joints, shoddy motels, and a poor substitute for the Grand Canyon, Greta gradually realizes that her family is falling apart. 91 min

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SOCIAL MESSAGE FILMS - ages 12 and over

Olivia’s Birds and the Oil Spill:  This film documents an 11-year-old’s deep connection with the Gulf of Mexico, and how her love of birds moved her to raise $200,000 for rescue efforts after the BP oil spill. 7 min
Plant for the Planet: As a 9-year-old boy, Felix founded Plant for the Planet and has planted more than a billion trees in Germany and worldwide to sequester CO2. 10 min
Longing for a Local Lunch: Students in Great Barrington, MA are changing their cafeteria fare from processed foods to local meat and fresh produce, and calculating the difference in CO2 emissions benefits by using locally grown food. 11 min
Reduce, Reuse: Following the Paper Trail: Ever wonder what happens when you put a piece of paper into that blue recycling container? Reduce, Reuse followed the paper trail, as student producers examined the environmental ethics and economics of paper recycling.
Honkumentary: No Noise is Illegal: The Honkfest, held every year in Somerville-Cambridge, is an explosion of music, dance, pageantry and politics. This documentary explores the relationship between music and political expression.

 

 

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
8:30-9:30 PM

Films - WITHIN THE EYES OF BEAUTY / JAHMOL'S VISION FOR YOUTH PEACE, 12 and over

Within the Eyes of Beauty: A short film that demonstrates that beauty may be found in the strangest of places, such as the cold concrete curbs of the Boston skate scene.

Jahmol’s Vision for Youth Peace: This action-oriented documentary shows a group of teenagers with a charismatic leader attempting to reduce the youth gun-violence crisis even in the face of a painful tragedy. 48 min

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
Sunday, November 3, 2013
1:30 PM - 3:15PM

Film - GIRL RISING, ages 12 and over

Girl Rising is a global action campaign for girls’ education, founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. Centered by the new feature film, Girl Rising, Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World. 101 min
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Workshop - DECODING FILM LANGUAGE, 12 and over

Take a close look into a filmmakers bag of tricks. How do films communicate or manipulate stories and emotions? Using cips from popular movies, learn how terms like long shots, close-ups, pans, tilts, background music, and more, become part of the secret code behind the film.

 

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

CIRCUS DREAMS, ages 10 and over

Circus Dreams is a heartwarming feature documentary that captures the adventures of a sweet, funny and extremely bendy group of 12 to 18 year olds. These kids are living out their dreams within Circus Smirkus, one of the bets traveling youth circuses in the world. 82 min

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

ADVOCACY FILMMAKING, high shool age and over

Advocacy isn’t just petitions and t-shirts anymore. Technology has made high quality filmmaking affordable and accessible, and social media makes small scale distribution doable. In this session you will see two different examples of how young people can change the way we see the world through their films.
Now You Know: Stories from BU’s Hothouse Productions
Hothouse Productions is Boston University’s student-run, client-driven production company. In 2013, Hothouse teamed up with The NO Project to produce a PSA aimed at creating global awareness of modern slavery. Moderated by  Barry Nolan, with producer Isabelle Jones.
An Inconvenient Youth,  with Slater Jewell-Kemper
An Inconvenient Youth captures the untold stories of the rise of the global youth climate movement and kids on the front lines of climate change. Slater Jewell-Kemper, the director, started filming her story when she was just 15. Due to the urgency of the climate crisis, as she has produced her film she has released short clips to classrooms and film festivals around the world, building a world-wide audience. Also featuring Alina Pokhrel, her Nepali subject and youth movement activist.
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

AND MORE SHORTS, ages 12 and over

Gold Rush The story of two young brothers who are caught up in an unexpected adventure in the search of long lost gold, while also discovering how to finally get along with one another. 16 min

Lady Luck A new adaptation of DH Lawrence’s short story about a boy who finds he can predict the winners of horse races by riding his rocking horse. 18 min

Keys Gary and Mary are 110% ready for the immanent birth of their first baby, but when the contractions start Gary must battle a series of freak accidents as he tries to keep control of the situation. 3 min

Toothfairy 8 year old Luke believes in the Toothfairy….do you? 4 min

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Awards Ceremony

Please join us for our closing ceremonies and distribution of the Oculus awards for Best of the Festival in a number of categories!

We will also be handing out a very special Peggy Charren Award for Excellence, honoring the woman who is long considered to be the “Grand Dame of Children’s Television”.

We are pleased to annouce that Peggy Charren will be in attendance to bestow this award.

Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square  Somerville, MA 02144 Map >