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QUOTE OF THE MONTH
you think you're too small to have an impact try going to
bed with a mosquito in the room. - Anita Koddick
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time
May 2, 2006 Issue #5
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. Classic Film by Christine L. Pollock
11. Crafts and Activities: Mother's
Day and Hug Craft
12. Festival City Schedule and Events
14. Special Offers
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Foundation Research and Videos for the Very Young
Film Festival Highlights
Interview with James Bondy from
PBS Show, Ribert and Robert's WonderWorld
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had a fabulous time at the Long Island
Children's Museum (see photo on left). It's clean, has a great
layout, is artistic and has a perfect balance of play and learning.
I met with James Packard, Theater Specialist, and Maureen Mangan,
Director of Communications & Public Relations, as my boys, my
father, and I checked out the theater where KIDS FIRST!® titles
are screened throughout the year. We viewed some shorts that complemented
patterns and music exhibits the children enjoyed in the play area.
A real highlight for our family was viewing Tin
Town on the big screen. It's the first time my children
saw one of the KIDS FIRST!® titles they reviewed in an actual
theater. They absolutely loved it. If you are ever in Garden City,
NY, I encourage you to stop in at the museum for great family fun.
This month the
main article is about classic programming. I had the privilege of
interviewing Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. from Alvin
and the Chipmunks. That was a real treat since I am a die-hard
fan of the Chipmunks. My family is always teasing me because, while
I am technically grown up, I still always kick off the Christmas
holiday season with the Chipmunk Christmas album. For this article,
I also had the honor of interviewing Hedda Sharapan, who has worked
Roger's Neighborhood for many decades. Fred Rogers fans
will be pleased to know that a new book is out, Many
Ways to Say I Love You: Wisdom for Parents and Children from Mister
Rogers. This could be a perfect gift for Mother's Day.
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.
Thanks so much
to the kind producers who replied to my story about our new hospital
initiative, KIDS FIRST! Cares. Several wrote to offer us copies
of their vhs tapes and DVDs. Unfortunately, we were not able to
take advantage of your generosity for this program because all the
programming will be loaded onto a piece of hardware that is placed
in the children's hospital rooms. We did recommend that you donate
these to our sister organization Meg's Gifts, www.megsgifts.org.
We will be purchasing programming from you to fill up the black
box for KIDS FIRST! Cares just as soon as we have adequate donations
to start doing so. One box, fully loaded with programming, will
cost us $750. We're asking for donations from individuals of $20
each. For businesses or organizations who want to support this,
you may sponsor one box for $750, or be a partial sponsor at $200
and $400. All sponsors will be identified on the programming itself.
We have so many
great films coming up this month at our Film Festivals that you're
going to just love. From the studios: Cheaper by the Dozen 2,
Like Mike 2, Barbie Diaries, The Blue Butterfly,
Blue's Clues: Blue's Jobs, African American Lives,
Nanny McFee, Paperclips, Peep, and more. From
our independent producers, we have titles such as Billy Blue
Hair, Purgatory House, The Derby Stallion, Flyaway,
A Stormy Night, and many many more. You can now access a
comprehensive list of all current and upcoming screenings at any
of our partner venues by clicking on http://www.kidsfirst.org/fest.
This is the public viewing program that I've been talking about
for months which gives you 24/7 access to what we're showing where.
Be sure to let us know how you like it.
From all of
us to all of you, enjoy your media viewing.
Founder and President, KIDS FIRST!®
LETTERS FROM READERS
I am a part
of a fledgling campaign, Box Office Offenders, that is attempting
to address several movie theater issues where children are concerned.
At the present time, we are focusing on adults who bring small children
in with them to view rated "R" films. We feel that this
is a form of abuse and should be stopped. Whether its through educating
parents or legislation, one way or the other, children must be protected
from having to be hauled in to see films that are sometimes even
too much for adults to comprehend! Please visit our website www.boxofficeoffendersmt.com.
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.
KIDS FIRST!® WEB STORE FEATURES
IN JELLO. All-original, upbeat, interactive music for children
ages three to ten by recording artist, Judy Pancoast. Features fourteen
songs, including the award-winning "Swimming in Jello."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror Comments: Nicely assembled CD with many
different styles of music from country to rap to dance. Lesson songs
are interspersed with plain old silly songs so it doesn't feel preachy.
Voices are cute and the lines in the original songs are ones the
kids will relate to. KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments: Kids enjoyed
this. "It was funny." "I liked the bug song."
"I liked the different kids of music and the alien voice."
Kids sang along with it the first time through. "This is my
all-time favorite music!" Audio. 44 min.; $12.74; Age: 4-8.
CHANTS. Chants are sounds, words or phrases repeated or sung
over and over in rhythmic patterns. There is a fine line between
spoken chants and songs and this production, a collection of 36
traditional and original chants from around the world, blurs that
line. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror Comments: Clear, smooth sound. Appealing
mix of song and chants from many cultures. Song book and format
make it easy for children to memorize the lyrics. Promotes language
skills by introducing a wide range of sounds and combinations. Broadens
cultural knowledge. KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments: Those that liked
it, liked it a lot. Especially appealing to African-American kids.
"It showed being proud of your country and how we treat each
other." "I liked the music. I liked saying the words.
It was great keeping time with the music." "Very good."
Audio. 58 min.; $12.74; Age: 3-8. Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music.
MY 5 SENSES. Braincandy is an inventive series that focuses
on children learning about themselves and the world through their
five senses. Braincandy introduces concepts about the five senses.
Original music score. KIDS FIRST!® Adult Juror Comments: Novel approach.
Effective use of sound effects, music, puppets and live footage.
Good visual clarity and light, catchy music. Very conceptual, though
the idea of the brain talking to the body parts is beyond the understanding
level of the target age group. Slow and somewhat scattered. "Cute
puppets - once you get over the idea that one puppet is a brain."
KIDS FIRST!® KID Juror Comments: "My daughter enjoyed the puppets.
She said they were 'funny.' She laughed and moved to the music,
pointed out the children on-screen, and the toys or objects they
played with." Others needed explanations. "The only thing
my daughter disliked was the brain puppet. She didn't understand
what it was doing." All the kids crowded around the screen
to see the cookies. DVD. 40 min.; $15.29; Age: 2-5. Think Film Kids.
BEST BABY COLLECTION. DVD. 300 min.; $42.49; Age: Infant-6.
So Smart! Productions.
Includes four titles,
So Smart! Colors $14.95; So Smart! Sights and Sounds $14.95; So
Smart!: Letters $14.95; So Smart: First Words $15.98; Value = $62.92
Ranny's Pick! "Watching together with your new baby can help
expand his or her vocabulary, especially when paired with a follow-up
activity that reinforces what's on the DVD or video. These are four
of our best DVDs for teaching language skills to your baby. All
have received all-star ratings from our jurors."
SMART: FIRST WORDS. Learn vocabulary with simple stories; adorable,
bright, bold animation; and original music. SO
SMART: SIGHTS AND SOUNDS. Babies and toddlers are captivated
as simple shapes and moving patterns transform into familiar images,
all with a live classical music soundtrack. Activity guide included.
The DVD includes parent-guided interactive storybook features and
printable story cards! SO
SMART: LETTERS. Learn vocabulary with simple stories; adorable,
bright, bold animation; and original music. The 2-disc DVD includes
interactive games that can be played on TV with your remote control,
printable story cards and bonus "Sleepytime" classical
music CD. SO
SMART! COLORS. Pink pigs, orange tractors and green grasshoppers
introduce your child to the world of colors. Original music soundtrack!
The 2-disc DVD includes interactive games: build "colors"
characters on your home computer, on TV, or choose a colored box
and see what's inside! Plus a free activity guide and bonus 50 minute
"Cartime" classical music CD.
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.
GENIUS BABY: BABY'S FAVORITE THINGS. Explores things such as
using live action video, puppets, 3D animation and still images.
English, Spanish and French. Adult Juror Comments: Enjoyable short
for babies that parents can also enjoy. Images of familiar toys
and other babies are always appealing to babies. This is simple,
yet clear presentation with bright colors, simple music accompaniment,
and some narrative with words on-screen. Uses repetition of ideas.
Kid Juror Comments: Enjoyed it. Some were glued to the screen, talked
to the pictures and played along. They really seemed to enjoy the
music. The alphabet was a big hit. One girl loved counting along
with the numbers. Stimulated interactivity more than some other
titles designed for babies. DVD. 29 min.; $12.95; Age: 0-2. SERENITY
BABY CAN TALK: SHARING SIGNS. Inspires early language development
from pre-verbal communication using sign language to first spoken
words. Set to classical music, features beautiful real- world images,
delightful puppet shows, colorful toys in motion, and babies. Adult
Juror Comments: "Makes learning sign language easy and fun
without being overwhelming." Well produced, bright and uncluttered
images, fun music. Entertaining and fun presentation. Shows boys
and girls of different races. Uses words such as "share"
and shows adult sharing with a child as well as children sharing
with each other. Good pace and format, varied to hold interest.
Kid Juror Comments: Kids really were into it, even older ones -
up to age 9. As they watched, they repeated the words and made the
signs. They wanted to watch it again later. The giraffe was a big
hit. They danced along to the sock chant. Asked questions such as,
"If monkeys live in the jungle where do they get bananas?"
DVD. 40 min.; $19.95; Age: 0-4. BABY HANDS PRODUCTIONS.
YOUR ADVENTURE: THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN. The first DVD in the
Choose Your Own Adventure series, The Abominable Snowman
follows three siblings on a quest to rescue their Uncle in the Himalayan
region of Nepal. The DVD prompts the child on-screen every 3-7 minutes
to make choices about which path to follow. Adult Juror Comments:
An exciting program that places decisions in the hands of the viewer.
It can be watched over and over because the outcome changes. Well
produced. Good animation. Respectful behavior. Appropriate for this
age group. Adult jurors remembered the Choose Your Own Adventure
books from their own childhood. One said, "They were probably
the only books I ever reread. I loved them." Kid Juror Comments:
Loved that you could make your own choices about what to do and
that it changed the outcome. "The way you get to choose what
happens next is cool. And, it's a pretty funny movie that kids will
like." Definitely repeatable. "I would love to watch it
again and make different choices just to see what happened."
DVD. 80 min.; $24.99; Age: 6-12. LEAN FORWARD MEDIA.
FROM KIDS FIRST!® FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2005
For a complete list of all Festival titles currently being shown,
AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES.
L. 240 min.
A compelling combination of storytelling and science, this unprecedented
four-hour series on PBS takes Alex Haley's Roots saga to
a whole new level. The series profiles some of the most accomplished
African-Americans of our time, using genealogy and DNA to trace
their roots down through American history and back to Africa. Hosted
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, Professor of the Humanities
and Chair of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University.
Dr. Gates provides access to the day-to-day lives of several prominent
African-Americans, drawing on photographs, film clips, music, and
early personal records, while a team of researchers, genealogists
and forensic DNA analysts conducts investigations into their families'
stories. By spotlighting African-American role models, the series
hopes to inspire millions to consider their own heritage, and underscore
for all Americans the importance of knowing their past, in order
to unlock the future. Age: 12-18. PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
THE DERBY STALLION L. 98 min.
Patrick, a teenage boy who doesn't know what he wants to do with
his life, befriends Houston, a misunderstood horse trainer who introduces
him to the exciting world of horse racing. Can this unlikely friendship
turn an ordinary boy into a champion? Age: 8-12. TONJA WALKER PRODUCTIONS
NOMINEE SNEAK PEEK
MYSTERIOUS GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS OF JASPER MORELLO. A. 26
Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this
gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced
aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate
voyage to redeem himself. The chance discovery of an abandoned dirigible
leads Jasper through uncharted waters to an island on which lives
a terrifying creature that may be the cure for the Plague. The journey
back to civilization is filled with horrors but in a shocking climax,
Jasper discovers that the greatest horror of all lies within man
himself. 2006 Oscar® nominee for Best Animated Short. Age: 12-18.
POP TWIST ENTERTAINMENT.
NANNY MCPHEE. L. 99 min.
In this wickedly charming tale, EMMA THOMPSON portrays a mysterious
woman with special powers who enters the household of the recently
widowed Mr. Brown (COLIN FIRTH) and attempts to tame his seven very
naughty children. The children have managed to drive away 17 previous
nannies, but as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice
that their misbehaving has magical and startling consequences. "A
magical, fantastic and wonderful fable that will capture the heart
of the whole family!" (Maria Salas, NBC-TV). Age 5-15. Universal
Studios Home Entertainment.
PINKY DINKY DOO: POLKA DOT POX. A. 11 min.
Pinky misses show-and-tell day when she comes down with a case of
the Polka Dot Pox --- as does the whole class! Ages 2-5. SESAME
READING TO YOUR BUNNY. A. 9 min.
Young Freddy Bunny is having trouble learning in school, but he'd
rather play video games and watch TV anyway. With encouragement
and support from his teacher and the Book Fairy, his parents start
reading to him twenty minutes a day, and in no time he becomes a
happy book-loving super student. From an original script by Rosemary
Wells inspired by her book, Read to Your Bunny. Voices by
Diana Canova, David de Vries, Rosemary Wells and others. Music by
John Jennings, with an original song performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Directed by Michael Sporn. Book by Rosemary Wells Illustrator: Rosemary
Wells. Age: 4-8. Weston Woods/SCHOLASTIC ENTERTAINMENT
AND RENEWING MEMBERS
Please welcome these new or renewing members
and visit their web sites.
The Comical Sense Company. http://www.comicalsense.com
Woman Wisdom Corp. http://www.womanwisdom.com/
Chipmunk Adventure Arrives
on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment May 23, 2006
Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back with all the mischief, adventure
and memorable songs as the 1987 feature film classic from Bagdasarian
Governors Association and PBS KIDS join forces to promote health
and nutrition amongst our nations children, with fifteen of
the nations governors taping public service announcements
with Sesame Streets Elmo and Rosita. Topics of the public
service messages range from the importance of health and nutrition
to physical activity and personal hygiene.
has partnered with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., The New York State Office
of Mental Health (NYSOMH) and Military Child Education Coalition
(MCEC) to create a bilingual, multiple-media outreach kits. Featuring
the Muppets, the Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families Cope
with Military Deployment kit is designed to help the younger
kids (K3-5) of members of the United States Armed Services, National
Guard and Reserves deal with the stresses of military life. As of
this summer, the kits will be available free of cost to schools,
child care programs, family support centers and other organizations
serving the needs of military families. Wal-Mart has donated $1
million towards the initiative, with additional support from NYSOMH
FIRST!® Board Member and Actor William Hurt Work Raise Funds
are letting charitable organizations use the film for fundraising;"
says Monterey chief financial officer, managing partner, and longtime
KIDS FIRST!® board member, Jere Rae-Mansfield. Monterey
Media is donating a portion of the DVD sales from its Web site
that come through the organizations. One of these titles is the
KIDS FIRST!® film festival title, The
Mother Teams up With KIDS FIRST!®
Beginning July, 2006, Working Mother magazine will highlight
titles recommended by KIDS FIRST!®.
Happy Birthday, Glenn Ford!
On May 1, 2006, this Hollywood icon turned 90 with a celebration
put on by Heartland Film Festival and several other organizations.
They gathered together at the American Cinematheques permanent
home, the restored 1922 landmark movie palace Graumans Egyptian
Theatre in Hollywood for a special 90th birthday screening of one
of Fords most famous films, the 1946 classic Gilda,
costarring Rita Hayworth. Ford made a very rare personal appearance
at the event, his first public appearance in 15 years.
PBS Launches 24-hour Digital Broadcast Network
This October they will featuring programming
that is educational and entertaining, following the
success of the PBS Kids Go! afternoon programming block. The PBS
Kids Go! network aims to offer up kids content that is targeted
to children just beginning elementary school.
AND PARENTING NEWS
Your Preschooler into an HDTV Star!
Photos of real kids faces will be inserted into each five-minute
episode of the adorably fun new animated series, PIC ME.
Parents can submit a photo of their 3-5 year old by going to animaniahd.com
for more information.
Scenarios USA is partnering with BET Rap It Up
campaign and the Kaiser Family Foundation launch "What's the
REAL DEAL on Growing Up in the Age of AIDS?". It is open to
13-18 year olds residing in the U.S. who have a story to tell about
HIV/AIDS' effect on their community, schools, friends or neighborhood.
The deadline is June 13 with the winner to be announced on August
18 on BET.com and SCENARIOSUSA.org. The contest winner's story will
be produced as a film to air on BET. More details at www.ScenariosUSA.org/contest/
Classic Film by Christine L. Pollock
was nervous about going on the airplane. It wasn't an ordinary event
in the life of the three-year-old, and his family was nervous about
his reaction to the airplane. Fortunately for the family, Levi watched
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
the day before the flight, and the show happened to be about airplane
travel. Now comfortable with the new situation in his life, Levi
boarded the plane with no trouble and the entire family enjoyed
the trip. The beauty of this story is that the episode was filmed
decades ago. Fred Rogers' programs are as enjoyable and helpful
to our children as they were to us parents thirty years ago. What
makes a program a classic? What makes a program solid enough to
entertain and educate multiple generations? Hedda Sharapan, Director
of Early Childhood Initiatives at Family Communications, spent 33
years on Fred Rogers' staff. She and Ross Bagdasarian Jr., CEO of
Bagdasarian Productions, producer of Alvin
and the Chipmunks, and voice of David Seville, shared some
insight into what makes their programs last.
Both of these
timeless shows began with men dedicated to bringing quality media
to children, although they went about it in different ways. Rogers
focused on practical knowledge, rituals, and fantasy mixed with
reality to teach children. He used puppets and spoke gently, encouraging
children to learn more about themselves and other people. Bagdasarian
created a show starring three talking chipmunks and their human
father, David Seville. This show is action packed and full of adventure.
For nearly 50 years it has entertained children through traditional
animation, 3-D puppetry and computer
generated animation. When Ross Bagdasarian died, his son, Ross Bagdasarian
Jr., and Ross' wife, Janice, kept the show alive and created new
episodes and movies.
Fan mail pours
in from children all over the world for both Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
and The Chipmunks. Bagdasarian is amazed at the number of
letters they receive from parents with autistic children. Parents
say that children connect and respond to the voices of the chipmunks.
Sharapan finds that viewers really connect with the genuineness
and authenticity of Mr. Rogers. Bagdasarian
believes that if producers want to tap into the hearts of children
for the long term, they need to find characters with real personality,
like the ones on Sesame Street. Kids need to identify with the characters
and be interested in the lives of the characters, he adds. Sharapan
finds that children relate to the programs better when parents interact
with the children and talk about the show even when it is over.
Sites such as http://www.pbs.org/rogers
have articles about the weekly lessons and activities to accompany
these lessons for parents and teachers.
and Sharapan both believe that it is important for producers today
to become involved with organizations such as KIDS FIRST!® since,
as Sharapan points out, "The world today cries out for partnerships."
Bagdasarian recognizes that we are all all still storytellers with
visual media just like our ancestors with their murals inside the
caves. The trick is to reach people with the stories we want to
tell. KIDS FIRST!® helps filter the best and bring it to the public's
awareness. Titles from The Chipmunks and Mr. Rogers can be found
on our website at http://www.kidsfirst.org.
Dr. Toy's Tips on Use of Video by Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. /Dr.Toy
www.drtoy.com Smart Play /Smart
have special opportunities to express their loving appreciation
for Mothers in many ways, especially on Mothers Day. Watching
a program together that shows how people and/or animals show their
affection helps to reinforce a childs positive feelings and
emotions. Doing a creative project together is always fun and helps
to share good times. Children learn mostly by example. Most of all,
they enjoy and when others express positive feelings towards them
each and every day. A fun title showing games and songs caregivers
can use to interact with their children is Make
Baby Laugh: Chuckle Together. Even
a veteran child care provider can learn some new activities in this
laughter-packed title. A parents' section explains the psychology
behind the games, explaining how children learn and grow from playing
Craft - Mother's
paper, scissors, crayons or markers
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 9-11, 2006.
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood,
CA. Moondance Film
Festival. Successful Children's Filmmaking: Know Your Market
Before You Shoot Frame One. KIDS FIRST!® presents a film
and panel from 3-4:30 pm on June 9.
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
SR WRITER PRODUCER/PBS KIDS/PHIL, PA: 3-5 yrs exp specifically in
children's market. Creativity a must. Writing, producing, editing
spots/programs for short & long form on-air promotion. Apply
to [email protected]
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 FIRST!® Cares, click
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CQCM AND KIDS FIRST!®
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 Jury
Coalition for Quality Children's Media, 112 W. San Francisco St.
, Suite 305A, Santa Fe, NM 87501.