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1913: Seeds of Conflict – Eye-Opening and Enlightening

1913.SeedsConflict.jpgBreaking new ground and laying bare old myths, this PBS program, directed by award-winning filmmaker Ben Loeterman, explores the little-known history of Palestine during the latter part of the Ottoman Empire, a time of relative harmony between Arabs and Jews. Living side by side in the multi-lingual, cosmopolitan city of Jerusalem, Jews, Christians and Muslims intermingled with a cultural fluidity enjoyed by all. How did this land of milk and honey, so diverse and rich in culture, become the site of today’s bitter and seemingly intractable struggle? Was there a turning point when things could have been different? Weaving the raveled threads of Arab and Jewish narratives back together, “1913: SEEDS OF CONFLICT” provides new and fascinating insights into events that took place in Palestine which presaged a century of unrest. KIDS FIRST! juror, Juanita S. … - read more...


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Max – Heartwarming Story About Man’s Best Friend

Max.214210.jpgNot all dogs are created equal. This story features a U.S. Marine dog that served in  Afghanistan and suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome. When he returns to the U.S., he has issues not uncommon to humans who’ve experienced similar experiences. This original story will pull on the heart-strings of any animal lover. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “Max is truly an inspirational adventure many will love and enjoy.”

Max Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This movie is about a marine who faces challenges on and off the battlefield. However, this marine is not a human. This marine is a dog, a dog that inspires many.  Max is truly an inspirational adventure many will love and enjoy.

This movie is truly a thriller with a pinch of mystery, however in the form of an adventure that is full of dramatic scenes. There is action with a …

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Film Critics Boot Camps: Martha's Vinyard, DC, Brooklyn, Seattle and Santa Fe
KFFC.BootCamp.2015.jpgDo You ...Love, really love films? Love talking about the latest films?Envision yourself talking on the Red Carpet?

Come Spend a Week this summer ...
Watching the latest films. Learning to write film reviews. Learning to talk about films on camera. Meeting guest film critics, producers and actors. Learning interview techniques. Improving your on-camera skills. Being coached by seasoned professionals. Parents ...

Kids love movies.  It’s part of their socializing experience.  They love being on-camera and are comfortable there.  At the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp we put what kids love to good use and …

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Tomorrowland, San Andreas, Color in Film
KFCA.2014.jpgListen in as we review the new Disney film Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, San Andreas starring Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson and learn a bit about the history of colorizing film. Hosts Raven Devanney and Brianna Beaton are joined by KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Keefer, Will and Morgan. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1950/kids-first-coming-attractions - read more...

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Women in Film, Words of Wisdom by Brianna Hope Beaton

BeSTrong.jpgInspirational quotes are something that many people like reading because it keeps their hopes alive and pushes them to remain working on whatever they are trying to accomplish. In many situations, I find myself looking up to various people in hopes of clarifying and motivating me for whatever path I should take in life. All of these women have in one way or another inspired me to accept who I am, be confident, work hard, be bold and to do what I feel is right. Here are some inspirational quotes from a few women in the film industry that have inspired me and will inspire you as well. 

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but …

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