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QUOTE OF THE MONTH
babe in the house is a wellspring of pleasure, a messenger
of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth,
a link between angels and men - Martin Fraquhar
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time
April 18, 2006 Issue #4b
Christine L. Pollock, Editor
Ranny Levy, Publisher
1. Letters from the Editor, President
2. Web Store Features
4. New Endorsements
5. Festival Titles
6. New Members/Renewing Members
7. Member News
8. Media News
9. Family and Parenting News
10. Videos for the Very Young by Christine
11. Crafts and Activities: Music
from Dr. Toy and Candy Train Craft
12. Festival City Schedule and Events
14. Special Offers
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with Center for Media Literacy Founder, Liz Thoman
Interview with Reading Rainbow Producer,
Dr. Twila Liggett
The Inner Workings of Sesame Workshop
with Dr. Ed Greene
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I've been doing a lot of thinking this month about the KIDS FIRST!®
Cares initiative Ranny mentioned in our last issue. Her letter brought
back memories of long days in the hospital. Time seemed to run so
slowly as I tried to forget about the pain and discomfort I experienced.
What a gift these media boxes will be to children and their families
with many hours of quality programming and no commercials. I encourage
you to look into the program and find out more about it if you have
not done so already. Information can be found at http://www.kidsfirstcares.org/.
a less serious note, we're on spring break! To celebrate, my boys
and I are heading down to Long Island to visit my parents. While
we are there, we are going check out the Long
Island Children's Museum, one of the KIDS FIRST!® Film Festival
members. I have been very impressed with their programming and look
forward to seeing the theater and playing in the many exhibits.
I'll let you know what we discover in our next issue.
In this issue, the main article is based on a somewhat controversial
topic, videos for infants. We at KIDS FIRST!® realize that there
are times and places when parents will want to have their infants
to watch a video. We are dedicated to providing quality media for
these times. Some of our favorite title are the ones that encourage
parent and child interaction such as Sesame
Beginnings: Beginning Together. If you would like be part
of the screening process, check out our juror program at http://www.kidsfirst.org/kidsfirst/fbecju.htm.
As always, I
welcome your input. If you have comments on titles we have endorsed;
notices of media awards, publications, and products; or suggestions
for articles. . . Please drop me a line.
I got an email from CQCM Board member, Ed
Greene, who works at Sesame Workshop. Ed never ceases to amaze
me. In this email, he talked about his recent trip to Kosovo where
Sesame has a project providing educational outreach programs in
three languages: Serbian Latinic/Roman, Serbian Cyrillic, and Albanian.
As I sipped
my morning cappuccino, my mind drifted back a few years to a conversation
with our former board chairman, Ed Palmer who was developing the
curriculum for a TV series in Macedonia, produced by Search for
Common Ground called Nashe
Maalo (Our Neighborhood). This program has played with huge
success at our KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals over the last couple of
years. It addresses racist behaviors that are framed in the context
of the cultural mix in Macedonia but are not untypical of racist
behaviors we can relate to in our own country.
One of my long-standing
beliefs is the power of media to educate children in broad strokes.
It can deliver lessons about science, math, and language skills
but just as certainly, it can teach us about other people - their
culture, how they live, what they believe in, and how they're not
so different from us. Perhaps, in the long run, it can help unteach
intolerance (a term used by the kind people at the Third Millennium
I invite you to scroll through our ever-expanding list of film festival
venues to seek out some of these great programs that we've scheduled
for this quarter's festivals that help promote human rights and
tolerance. One such titles is Paperclips,
which examines an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education
where students decide to collect six-million paper clips to better
understand the extent of this crime. I hope you find it as compelling
as I did.
Founder and President, KIDS FIRST!®
LETTERS FROM READERS
I love the pictures
of you and your family doing the crafts. I've never tried the tissue
paper eggs; what a great idea! I'm copying the site again to my
students' families, and especially highlighting the tissue paper
Chicka Boom Boom letters, and wire animals. Three super
great ideas! The kindergarten teacher next door to me was so happy
to hear of an easier/quicker way to "dye" eggs and the
kids got to see the colors blended this morning as they took the
tissue paper off. -
Sharon, western NY, first grade teacher.
JUROR TRAINING PROGRAM
about what kids watch? Want to do something about it? Become a KIDS FIRST!® juror. It's easy. Take our online training. It will
take you about four hours to complete and we will provide you with
your own personal trainer. The $40 fee is 100% reimbursable once
you evaluate six titles for KIDS FIRST!®. You may keep any movie
you approve. What a wonderful way for teachers, librarians, parents,
and daycare providers to build their own quality media library while
helping evaluate movies for others. To register or get more information,
our KIDS FIRST!® juror's page.
FIRST!® WEB STORE FEATURES
OTIS AND THE KINGDOM OF GOODE: A TALE OF SHARING. McFlicken,
a selfish creature who lives in a tree, thinks he'll be happiest
if he doesn't have to share with the neighbors, especially his tree
worms and wing repair glue. But when he finally gets the big tree
to himself, he realizes that, without sharing, there can be no happiness.
When a baby Lird appears, McFlicken gets the chance he needs to
bring his friends home! DVD. 30 min.; $13.58; Age: 3-6. So Smart!
YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? AND MORE STORIES ABOUT GROWING UP. Lloyd
the llama is looking for his mama. "Is your mama a llama?"
he asks a bat, a swan, a cow, a seal, and a kangaroo. Young children
will share Lloyd's delight when the answer to his question is finally,
"Yes!" Adult Juror Comments: Good tool for language development.
Good role models. DVD. 52 min.; $12.70; Age: 2-7.Scholastic Entertainment.
RIDING HOOD, AND MORE JAMES MARSHALL FAIRY TALE FAVORITES. Zanily
adapted fairy tales (Red Riding Hood, The Three Little
Pigs, Rapunzel, Chicken Little and Goldilocks
and the Three Bears) by humorist James Marshall, brought to
vivid life. Music by Ernest V. Troost. Adult Juror Comments: Classic,
familiar tales, in original version. More violent than contemporary
stories but the violence is well handled. Granny emerges from the
wolf's stomach after being eaten in Little Red Riding Hood and comments
that it's too dark to read in there. The Three Little Pigs
was a big hit with the kids. DVD. 59 min.; $12.70; Age: 3-8. Scholastic
CLACK, MOO COWS THAT TYPE AND MORE FUN ON THE FARM. Country
superstar, Randy Travis, narrates the title tale about a barnyard
mutiny on Farmer Brown's farm. Cows that type? Hens that strike?
Be sure to pack your funny bone for a hilarious trip to the farm.
Adapted from the Caldecott Honor Book. Spanish track. Adult Juror
Comments: Classic collection of book-based stories. Wonderful music,
narration and animation, perfectly suited to the story and the audience.
Click Clack is fun, humorous with rousing music. Kid Juror Comments:
Enjoyed the stories. Click Clack was a favorite and warranted repeat
viewing. DVD. 52 min.; $2.70; Age: 2-5. New Video Group, Inc.
NIGHT, GORILLA, AND MORE BEDTIME STORIES. Make bedtime fun with
Peggy Rathmann's magical and giggly tale. Narrated by Anthony Edwards.
Contains popular book-based videos of Happy Birthday Moon,
Good Night Gorilla, How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night and
more. Kid Juror Comments: "My favorite was Patrick when the
violin is played and makes people happy." "I liked the
one when the animals get tucked in." Some kids were scared
of the dinosaur movie. DVD. 51 min.; $12.70; Age: 2-6. New Video
SONGS: BABY'S BUSY DAY. Children's music legend, Hap Palmer,
has pioneered the technique of integrating music and movement in
the area of early childhood education. Fun, finger snapping songs
introducing basic skills such as recognition of letters, colors,
shapes and numbers. Adult Juror Comments: Lively, happy music and
children. Cute pictures. Appropriate pace, doesn't talk down to
kids. Language is respectful of genders and races. Good for preschoolers.
"DVD format could be used by classroom teachers to teach pre-reading
concepts to children." Kid Juror Comments: Bigger hit with
preschoolers than toddlers and babies. Older kids danced around
with the music, younger ones rocked back and forth. DVD. 60 min.;
$8.48; Age: 1-5. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
CHICKA BOOM BOOM, AND LOTS MORE LEARNING FUN!. This is a collection
of four animated adaptations of children's books, including the
title tale about a coconut tree that tries to hold all the letters
of the alphabet. Also includes: Trashy Town, the 1968 classic
Rosie's Walk,and The Caterpillar and the Polliwog.
Adult Juror Comments: Stimulates language development and motivates
adults to read more expressively to children. Good alphabet learning.
Tells where trash comes from and how it's collected. Kid Juror Comments:
"I liked the music, it made me want to dance." They enjoyed
it and asked for it again and again. DVD. 60 min.; $12.70; Age:
2-7. New Video Group, Inc.
DOOR. A collection of nine songs interspersed with dialogue
between singer Kitty Gill and imaginary character, Pixie Sage. Songs
address experiences that children often don't have words for, such
as anger, fear, sleeplessness, and love. Includes one song in French.
Adult Juror Comments: Imaginative, respectful dialog. "If I
have to listen to a children's CD over and over, I would not mind
listening to this one." Kid Juror Comments: Enjoyed by all,
even boys, although there isn't a boy in the CD. Pixie was especially
endearing. Spurred their imaginations. Audio. 30 min.; $13.60; Age:
3-7. Pixie Sage LLC.
New Endorsements can be found at
*** = Titles
receiving the highest scores are given a three-star rating.
** = Titles that meet or exceed the criteria receive a two-star
* = Titles that meet the baseline criteria but require some extra
consideration on the part of the viewer receive a one-star rating.
SNAILS: AQUAPHONIC ADVENTURE. Join the Pocket Snails on their
new and exciting adventure, where they'll make some new underwater
friends, ride in a submarine and scuba dive their way to learning
the sounds of the letters. Helps teach letter sounds, vowels and
letter recognition. Adult Juror Comments: Enjoyable, bright colors,
catchy music. This is a cartoon about the alphabet. Pleasant narration,
good for developing early language skills. Makes use of repetition,
recognizable images. The concept of the vowels is more suitable
for the older kids. Kid Juror Comments: Fun, kids watched intently.
"I like the motor boat." "I like the snails."
One 5-year-old said, "I think this is good for little kids
to learn the alphabet." (She knows hers already). They did
ask to watch it again, and the older ones recognized some of the
printed words on screen. DVD. 25 min.; $15.95; Age: 3-6. SOARING
STAR PRODUCTIONS, LLC.
COOKIE!: PYJAMA PARTY!. Preschool curriculum is seamlessly woven
into a fun-filled Pyjama Party where 9 kids subtly teach preschool
fundamentals (rhymes, fruits, colors, actions, body parts, numbers,
the alphabet), good manners, and pro-social skills. Adult Juror
Comments: Moves well and holds interest. Audio quality is sometimes
problematic but it's well constructed and flows well. It begins
with kids playing games outside and moves inside to the kitchen,
living room, then upstairs to play and sleep. Songs, rhymes, and
activities are appropriate to each location, with familiar songs
predominant. The woven talent appear to be primarily of East Indian
descent, with slight Indian accent. Kid Juror Comments: Kids really
enjoyed this and had only positive things to say. They all said
they'd watch it again. They weren't particularly motivated to get
up and join in the singing or activities but certainly enjoyed watching
them. "I noticed how they said zed instead of z." DVD.
65 min.; $9.99; Age: 2-5. GYANNI, INC.
SEVENTH BROTHER. Tiny, the puppy, is lost after being separated
from Angie and her grandfather. Tiny must be faithful, courageous
and friendly to find his way home. After spending a long night alone
in the forest, Tiny is rescued and adopted by a family of rabbits.
Unable to find Angie, Tiny decides to be the best brother he can
be to the rabbit family. When danger threatens, he proves to be
a hero. But as winter approaches, the rabbits realize Tiny is growing
weaker and will not survive without the kind of food dogs need.
Tiny's forest friends help him find his family. In his adventures,
Tiny discovers that faith overcomes fear. Adult Juror Comments:
Here's an animal story for young children with a message of tolerance,
acceptance and love. Well produced. Helps children understand that
even someone who is different has their own strengths. In this case,
the dogs and the rabbits both help the other. Kids can relate to
getting lost and needing help. Kid Juror Comments: Kids liked it.
"It is the story about a little dog who gets lost." "It's
a little sad at first, and I cried." "The dog gets lost,
but the rabbits take care of him when he doesn't know his way home.
When it gets really cold, Tiny gets sick and the rabbits help him
find his way home." DVD. 76 min.; $12.95; Age: 8-12. FEATURE
FILMS FOR FAMILIES.
SELECTIONS FROM KIDS FIRST!® FILM
AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2005
For a complete list of all Festival titles currently
being shown, visit
ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE CHIPMUNK ADVENTURE. A/L. 78 min.
High-flying, song-filled feature length film with hilarious high
jinks. When David Seville takes off for Europe on a solo business
trip, he leaves the disappointed boys at home with Miss Miller.
All three chipmunks dream of world travel, but Alvin has a foolproof
scheme to make it happen. Before Simon can say, "Are you out
of your mind!" Alvin has entered them in a daring hot-air balloon
race around the world against the Chipettes - Brittany, Jeanette
and Eleanor. The winners will collect a prize of $100,000. Both
the Chipmunks and the Chipettes get more than they bargained for
when the race turns out to be a front for a pair of international
diamond smugglers. Age: 4-8. PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
BARBIE DIARIES. A. 80 min.
It's a new school year, and Barbie hopes its going to be totally
magical! Barbie and her best friends, who play together in a band
(although they haven't played in front of an audience yet...), dream
about what they hope to accomplish that year. Things get off to
a rocky start when Barbie, who dreams of becoming an anchor at the
school TV station, learns that not only has the position been filled
by the popular Raquel, but that she has to be Raquel's assistant!
To make matters worse, Raquel is dating the boy that Barbie wishes
would notice her. When the girls go shopping, Barbie stumbles upon
a special diary and a charm bracelet which - like magic - seem to
turn things around for her in her life. Everything she seems to
write in the diary comes true! This gives her the confidence to
reach for all her dreams. Is the diary truly magical, or is there
some other force at play? Age: 4-8. LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
DR. DOOLITTLE 3. L. 90 min. Quicktime trailer.
Maya Dolittle (Kyla Pratt) just wants to be a normal teenager, but
there's one small problem
She's inherited her father's uncanny
ability to talk to animals! Her special talent keeps landing her
in the doghouse with her parents, and it's driving her friends completely
ape. At a summer dude ranch, Maya tries to hide her unique ability
so she can fit in, but when her friends are in trouble, she comes
to the rescue as only a Doolittle can--enlisting the aid of the
ranch's uproarious and outrageous talking animals. This hilarious
third installment of the wildly popular Dr. Dolittle series is more
family fun than a barrel of talking monkeys
and lots easier
to clean up after. Age: 10-14. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
MAYA & MIGUEL: CINCO DE MAYA. A. 110 min. View Trailer
You'll have twice the fun with the Santos twins, Maya and Miguel,
as they celebrate Hispanic culture in "cinco" fun-filled
episodes. Join in on their vibrant world of big laughs, family fun
and fabulous adventures as they work together with their friends
to solve problems - while having fun along the way! (c) 2006 Scholastic
Entertainment, Inc. SCHOLASTIC, MAYA & MIGUEL, and logos are
trademarks of Scholastic Inc. All rights reserved. Age: 4-8. LIONSGATE
PAPERCLIPS. L. 83 min.
Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this
documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education.
Struggling to grasp the concept of six-million Holocaust victims,
the students decide to collect six-million paper clips to better
understand the extent of this crime against humanity. The film details
how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and
how the experience transformed them and their community. Age: 12-18.
HART SHARP VIDEO
PLANET OF THE APES. L. 112 min.
Charlton Heston and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation
to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than
clothes, they find that they have landed on a planet where men are
pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology.
Heston is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging
his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the
apes. Age: 10-15. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
AND RENEWING MEMBERS
Please welcome these new or renewing members
and visit their web sites.
The Baby Prodigy Company http://www.babyprodigy.com
Fun Kid Videos c/o Film Pharm, Inc. http://www.funkidvideos.com
19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards
Saturday, April 1, was the most watched Kids' Choice Awards ever
with 6.0 million total viewers tuning in. The live simulcast of
the show on TurboNick logged in with 1.2 million unique visitors.
to Don Juan and Miguel, LLC
Princess has been nominated for a Remi at Worldfest in Houston
and has received "Best Picture" at the Danville International
Children's Film Festival in Danville, California.
the Earth Day on PBS
Two special episodes of the new hit series Its a Big Big
World will air on Friday, April 21st . In keeping with the spirit
of Earth Day, the episodes will focus on the environment, touching
on topics such as recycling, energy and conservation. www.pbskids.org
Fox new endeavor in reality TV-American Idol style in an upcoming
show entitled On the Lot. Aspiring young filmmakers will
compete for a development deal with DreamWorks studio.
Winnie the Pooh
Get a Star
In celebration of his 80th anniversary, Winnie The Pooh receives
a star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." Disney Home Entertainment's
is also releasing the re-mastered movie, Pooh's Grand Adventure
The Search for Christopher Robin.
AND PARENTING NEWS
Street Continues Healthy Habits for Life
One of the nation's leading tree fruit shippers and some of the
most beloved characters on children's television are teaming up
to bring the health and nutrition of fresh apples and cherries to
consumers and retailers nationwide.
Promoting Online Safety
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,
the Advertising Council and News Corporation and MySpace,
have entered into a joint effort to promote online safety through
public service announcements. Read
Videos for the Very Young by Christine L. Pollock
If you ever
feel like creating a hullabaloo amongst parents on the playground,
just bring up the topic of infants watching TV. It is true, in this
increasingly media-infiltrated world, that no age group is immune
to the power of the screen. Some parents keep their infants far
away from any sort of monitor, believing that it can inhibit natural
development. Others believe it's not a big deal and actually has
many benefits. In the 2003 report Zero to Six: Electronic Media
in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, the Kaiser
Family Foundation reports 58% children 0-3 watch TV every day. 51%
have asked for specific shows or channels.
Fisch, former Vice President for Program Research at Sesame
Workshop, and a KIDS FIRST!® consultant states that the bottom
line is that many of our youngest children watch TV daily and parents
and caregivers may want to balance the amount of visual media shown
in the household. If the monitor is on, it is critical for caregivers
to know the content not only of TV, but all media to which out children
are exposed. We at KIDS FIRST!® believe that the best experience
for the child is one where the parent and child interact while viewing
the media. Titles such as Sesame
Beginnings: Beginning Together encourage parents to sing
and dance and play games with their children. Nicole Sachs, cofounder
and managing partner of tinyguides
believes that in addition to having this interactive media, "Programming
must be educational, but most importantly, inspirational to the
child." The first title in tinyguide's "follow
me" series, it's time to eat, does just this. Sachs
encourages families to watch with the infants, then guide them in
turning the visual lesson into their own life experience.
visual, play and learning encounters between parent and child is
a strength of the So Smart! Productions' series, founded
by Alex and Scott Tornek. Ms. Tornek found her unique education
and work history (fifteen years in the fields of art and psychology,
scientific researching, painting and illustrating) has enabled her
to develop innovative learning products for a growing market that
has come to include kids of all ages.
Ms. Tornek finds
that, in part, what attracts babies visually is innate. For instance,
infants will prefer to look at objects high in contrast, such as
the pupils of the eyes or the source of mother's milk (the nipple).
Not surprisingly, when watching television, bold, high-contrast,
colorful, simple images and concepts are the types of visuals your
baby will be able to best absorb and process. In addition, due to
age, slow-moving images with few, or no, abrupt scene changes are
best matched to these early stages of development. Music, too, should
be gentle or playful, but never loud or startling.
So Smart! website (http://www.sosmart.com)
points out that television is meant to entertain adults. Caregivers
should "mute" the sound on the TV set and count how many
"jump-cuts," or abrupt scene changes, you see. Our adult
brains are able to process information quickly and "fill in
the gaps" to convert a series of well-calculated, individual
scenes into a meaningful story experience. Children need more time
to make these transitions. Parents should look for programming that
is slower and has information specialized for their child's age
I have seen
the wondrous effects of good programming in my own children. My
son watched a video during asthma treatments and completely forgot
his fear of the nebulizer mask. My other son loved to cuddle and
talk about the color stories he saw on the So Smart! videos. While
the topic is controversial, KIDS FIRST!® believes that if infants
are going to watch visual media, provide the best possible quality
with the help of organizations like KIDS FIRST!®. You can find
many of our reviewed titles in our webstore at http://www.kidsfirstmedia.com/ages/infants.html.
Dr. Toy's Tips on Use of Video by Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. /Dr.Toy
www.drtoy.com Smart Play /Smart
Music is a vital part of the life of children. Music helps them
to appreciate rhythm, helps them to move, and they learn to sing
a variety of songs. All of these activities add enrichment to their
every day. Music is available in many forms and performances. In
each of these areas you can help your child by using media like
videos and CDs to complement all these activities. A wonderful CD
for inside play is I
Love Toy Trains, the Music.
Candy Train based on I
Love Toy Trains, the Music
glue gun, a roll of hard candy (like Lifesavers), 4 wrapped peppermint
candies, 2 wrapped caramels, a wrapped chocolate kiss, a short length
of yarn or string (optional)
go to craft
KIDS FIRST!® Film and Video Festival
Join us as we travel around the country with film festivals. Find
out when we will be in a town near you. For details read
San Jose, CA
Canyon Lake, TX
Ft. Worth, TX
Grand Prairie, TX
Port Isabel, TX
Round Rock, TX
May 4 - 6, 2006.
Hilton Pittsburgh Towers, Pittsburgh, PA. Women's Funding Network
22nd Annual Conference will explore women and the media, specifically
how the women's funding movement can take its rightful place in
print, on the airwaves, and online. For more information see http://www.wfnet.org/events/.
May 6 - 9, 2006. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh,
PA. Council on Foundations Annual National Conference. Information
and events list at http://www.cof.org.
2006 - DEADLINE. Aging and Ageism Student Video/Storyboard Competition.
AMLA member Jennifer Swift-Kramer reports: The Aging and Ageism
Caucus of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) invites
Oakland, California, area high school students to submit videos
or storyboards about intergenerational mentorship among women, or
women learning as they age. More information.
May 15 and November
15, 2006 - DEADLINE. Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Research
& Educational Projects. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism
Foundation was established in
1982 for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, including
the improvement of the quality of the practice of journalism among
various media. This support includes funding for creative projects
and research that promotes excellence in journalism and instills
and encourages high ethical standards in journalism. Funding is
available to formal organizations only. Application deadlines are
May 15 and November 15. For more information on the application
process and requirements, please visit http://www.journalismfoundation.org/application.html.
May 25, 2006
- DEADLINE. Local Independents Collaborating with Stations Grant.
A program of the Independent Television Service, LINCS gives independent
producers and public television stations an opportunity to form
full production and presentation partnerships. By providing matching
funds to these partnerships, LINCS acts as a catalyst, helping independent
producers leverage the support of stations and helping stations
access the talent of independent producers. For complete program
information and application procedures, go to http://www.itvs.org/producers/funding.html.
May 26, 2006
- DEADLINE. Black Entertainment Television (BET) Rap-It-Up/Black
AIDS Short Subject Film Competition. BET (Black Entertainment
Television), the Black AIDS Institute, and the Kaiser Family Foundation
have announced the 3rd Annual Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Subject
Film Competition. Submission deadline is May 26, 2006. For additional
information, go to http://www.blackaids.org.
June 6-10, 2006.
Media Literacy: Overseas Conversations Series III. Speakers
include several international scholars from Spain and Brazil. click
June 15-18 Marriott
Oakland City Center. The annual meeting of the National Women's
Studies Association. For information go to: http://www.nwsa.org.
2006 John Ansen Ford Amphitheater (across from the Hollywood Bowl).
The What IFFF? Kids Film Festival and Film Camp. International
Family Film Festival promotes and encourages the creation and
sharing of the family film screenplay through professional and children's
hands-on workshops and seminars. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2006.
Applications are on their web
2, 2006. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Democracy and Independence:
Sharing News in a Connected World. The conference is designed for
citizens interested in learning about new innovations in web, print,
film, and audio news creation and delivery. More
1, 2006 The Phoenix East/Mesa Hilton, Tucson, AZ. The
28th National Media Market. The National Media Market presents
an exceptional opportunity for media professionals who purchase
for public libraries, universities, media/technology centers and
educational broadcasting to screen the newest and best quality motion
media from 55 prominent producers and distributors. Professional
Development sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions further
enhance the Market experience.
Canada's National Media Education Week. The first of its kind in
Canada, this week will highlight the importance of media literacy
and Web literacy as key learning areas in the information age. Read
To add your
event to this list, please send a notice to Chris.
is looking for a Casting Director in NYC. Casting begins mid-May.
Candace TenBrink with your resume at [email protected],
no beginners please.
Through the combined efforts of Corporations for Character, KIDS
FIRST!®, and your generous donation, we can fulfill our mission
to provide positive, encouraging movies into each of more than one
million children's hospital beds. This effort will provide entertainment
for children while they are confined in a hospital. To support KIDS
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Children's Media relies on the generous support of its members and
donors to support its programs. An individual/family membership
is only $25/year. An organizational membership is $100/year. An
independent producer membership is $200. To join, go to: http://www.kidsfirst.org
or contact our office at 505.989.8076.
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CQCM AND KIDS FIRST!®
KIDS FIRST!® is the not-for-profit Coalition for Quality Children's
Media's initiative that evaluates and rates children's media - videotapes,
CD-ROMs and television - using a highly acclaimed method that has
been praised by parents and educators alike. It utilizes professionally
designed criteria and evaluation tools and engages a volunteer jury
comprising child development professionals, teachers and parents
nationwide and children of diverse geographic, socioeconomic and
ethnic backgrounds. KIDS FIRST!® endorsed titles appeal to people
around the world and include many programs on topics important to
children's development. KIDS FIRST!®-endorsed titles are available
on CQCM's award-winning Internet site, in the KIDS FIRST!® Film
and Video Festival and in reviews we provide to more than 75 publications.
evaluates feature films, television programs, videos, CD-ROM, DVDs
and audio recordings. For an application form and application deadlines,
visit our website at http://www.kidsfirst.org,
call our office (505.989.8076) or send an email to
Coalition for Quality Children's Media, 112 W. San Francisco St.
, Suite 305A, Santa Fe, NM 87501.