A film still from Be Strong, Be Kind.

The Newport Art Museum has announced that they are please to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF), and the 5th year of their partnership, by becoming an official Film Festival screening location.

The Museum will present six film screenings and two workshops over three days during February School Vacation Week. The Museum is dedicated to providing opportunities for parents and caregivers to keep young ones artfully engaged during their break from school.

Sunday, February 17

1 pm   Be Strong, Be Kind

Empathy is a skill that allows us to understand and share the same feelings that others feel. Some people have it while others… well let’s say they might need to practice. The stories in this reel hopefully inspire you to see things in another way. They include: a water fearing robot trying to save a stranded whale; a message in a bottle that transports through time instead of space; and an elephant’s trunk that has a mind of its own!


3:15 pm   The Secret of KellsWe’re celebrating PCFF’s tenth anniversary by bringing back our tremendously popular Opening Night film from 2009! Color and detail dazzle in this Academy Award-nominated animated film filled with magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology. To complete a magical illuminated manuscript, young Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest through an enchanted forest beset by barbarians. Will his determination and artistic vision conquer darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil? The answer is in the margins!

Monday, February 18

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10:30 am   A Decade of Wonder Screening & Workshop

PCFF is proud to be celebrating our tenth anniversary by looking into our past. So many wonderful types of films from so many places  have been invited throughout the years. We put together a reel that is a little like a walk down memory lane. Unless you have attended all nine previous festivals there WILL be something new to see! Here are some hints to what’s on this reel. It includes: a janitor that takes a crash course in learning basketball; two films inspired by They Might Be Giants songs; and an Oscar winning story about a bear who breaks out of a cruel circus act.
 12 pm and 1 pm   Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Harness that post-film creative inspiration in the studio with Museum educators! Following the short film reel, join us for an exciting hands-on foray into the world of stop-motion animation. Space is limited, register today! FREE

2 pm   The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits destined to become a classic. The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again! But underneath the gags (and there are plenty of them), the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life.

Tuesday, February 19

10:30 am   Bodies in Motion

People express so much through their body language. Sometimes it’s planned like a dance, other times it’s a spontaneous reaction to our environment or a protest to an injustice done. Be warned that after watching these films you might be inspired to “speak” a different body language. This reel includes: a dance done completely underwater; a girl determined to be taught the art of wire walking; and a sloth that should never order ice cream again!

12pm and 1 pm   Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Harness that post-film creative inspiration in the studio with Museum educators! Following the short film reel, join us for an exciting hands-on foray into the world of stop-motion animation. Space is limited, register today! FREE

2 pm   Film School Africa

Los Angeles casting director Katie Taylor leaves her lucrative career behind to teach filmmaking to youth in an impoverished South African community. Originally intending solely to equip them with employment opportunities, Taylor quickly discovers the therapeutic impact on her students as they process life events through their films. Emerging from a wide range of social backgrounds, the students find themselves bridging cultural barriers as they become united through filmmaking.

Each event takes place in the historic Griswold House, the main building on the three-building campus of the Newport Art Museum at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Tickets for each film are $8 for youth under age 18, $8 for seniors, and $10 for adults.

Registration fees for each workshop vary and are available at www.newportartmuseum.org. Advanced reservations recommended as space is limited.


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