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Pollock, Newsletter Editor
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
is eloquence." - William Shakespeare
Turning your TV Time into Quality Time
May 16, 2006 Issue #5b
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. Fantastic Film Festival Events by
Christine L. Pollock
11. Crafts and Activities: Music
in Media and Valkyrie/Viking Fun
12. Festival City Schedule and Events
13. Special Offers
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Film - Interviews with Ross Bagdasarian (The Chipmunks)
and Hedda Sharapan (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood)
Foundation Research and Videos for the Very Young
with James Bondy from PBS Show, Ribert and Robert's WonderWorld
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of you will celebrate the beginning of summer vacation in the next
few weeks. I hope you have the opportunity to take some time to
play with your children. Last Sunday my boys and I decided to celebrate
the gorgeous weather by spreading the word around town that anybody
who wanted could meet us at a local ball field, right next to a
creek in the afternoon. About 40 people showed up and we had a blast
wading in the creek and playing a mixed-age, friendly baseball game.
It reminded me of the country celebrations in movies such as Seasons
of the Heart. It was so fun, we all decided to do it as a weekly
event while the weather is good. Earlier that day I talked in our
Sunday school about media literacy in the church (see left with
moderator, Stephan Schilke). Near the end of the class, I had the
privilege of introducing my friend Esther Reed. Reed and her husband
are starting a KIDS FIRST!® film festival at the Walking
on Water Retreat Center in Farmersville Station, western NY.
My family will be there for the debut, April 20, and we are looking
forward to the games and activities they are planning in addition
to the film.
a great opera audio CD in the craft section
of this issue. My children and I reviewed that title a few years
ago. Although my boys won't admit to liking opera, every time I
put this title on, the kids start gravitating towards the music.
They goof around with their own "operatic" voices and
start making up their own stories. I hope you enjoy it as much as
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.
May the best month of the year! It's finally warm enough to walk
outside early in the morning to catch the sunrise, listen to the
birds, and watch the garden reinvent itself. It's also the month
of both my son and my grandson's birthdays. In fact, Sam's is today
- Happy 35th Sam! Aden (see picture) will be five on May 26. Happy
birthday, Aden! Granny Ranny loves you.
Aden is one
of my private jurors whose media opinions I respect and garner.
He's been a die-hard "Thomas" and "Dora" fan
for more than a year and has recently switched to "Max &
Ruby." Much to my surprise, this weekend he discovered "Maya
& Miguel" and did his usual multiple viewing session of
several "Maya & Miguel" DVDs, which ended with a discussion
about the shows. This was followed up by Aden asking to go build
dams in my backyard, something he learned from "Peep and the
Big Wide World."
I'm always interested
in knowing what he has learned from watching these programs. At
age five, he's the perfect viewing audience for much of the excellent
preschool programming that is now so prevalent. It wasn't so long
ago that there were few choices for preschool programming other
than "Sesame Street" and "Mister Rogers" (both
great shows). Parents today are very fortunate to have so many excellent
choices for their preschoolers - "Peep and the Big Wide World,"
"Pinky Dinky Doo," "Dora the Explorer," "Blue's
Clues," and many more. These programs have so much to offer
in terms of cognitive skills, pro-social role models, and second
last week about the launch of BabyTV raised a lot of eyebrows
and voiced concerns about TV for babies. During an interview on
Comcast's Your Morning Show, I was asked how KIDS FIRST!®
feels about babies watching television. It's a dicey subject since
we are very aware of the American Academy of Pediatric's recommendation
that children ages two and under watch no TV at all. However, since
there is no scientific evidence demonstrating that it is harmful
in any way, we believe that it's better for babies and toddlers
to watch TV designed for them rather than to watch TV designed for
adults and filled with violence, inappropriate sexual behavior and
negative social behaviors. We are very much in favor of shows that
encourage parent/child interaction such as the newly released "Sesame
Beginnings." And, we don't believe the claims that many companies
make about the educational value of many of these baby programs.
According to leading child development researchers, these claims
cannot be substantiated. What we do think is valuable about them
is that they are entertaining and that makes them worthwhile. They
allow parents time off to do other things while their baby or toddler
is briefly entertained. For more information on this, go to our
for the Very Young.
On the Festival
front, we just wrapped up two wonderful events - the Newport Beach
Film Festival and a FABULOUS event this past weekend at the Avalon
Theatre and Georgetown University Children's Hospital with Jim Jinkins,
creator of the new Pinky Dinky Doo show on Noggin. You can
check upcoming events on our website at http://www.kidsfirst.org/fest.
For those producers who are in the LA area, I hope you will attend
our Workshop on Successful Children's Filmmaking we are presenting
at the Moondance Film Festival on Friday, June 9 at 3:00 - 4:50
at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. We have assembled a stellar
cast of industry insiders to offer their practical hints and recommendations.
We also are sponsoring a special screening of The
Blue Butterfly on Sunday, June 11 (more information on Jinkins
and Moondance in our article below). Hope to
see you there.
Founder and President, KIDS FIRST!®
RE: The Pinky Dinky Doo Tour at the Avalon Theatre
The kids knew Pinky and were so enthusiastic. They came running
into the auditorium yelling, "Pinky Dinky Doo," and even
the parents seemed to be enjoying themselves and at the end, every
single person in the room lined up for an autograph. It was SO COOL
to see the book AND the episode on a big movie theater screen! Jim,
as always, was totally dynamic and funny and held everyone's attention.
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
Compilation of favorite Girl Scout campfire songs. Audio. 30 min.;
$15.99; Age: 6-18. KT Music Productions, Inc.
AND THE DRAGONS. Young Arthur doesn't understand why pulling
a sword from a stone qualifies him for kingship. Merlin, the magician,
guides him with inspiring stories and prophetic dreams that prepare
him to become a magnificent king. Narrated by Kevin Kline. DVD.
27 min.; $9.94; Age: 5-12. Lightyear Entertainment.
THINGS WORK. Includes The Big Aquarium and The Big
Space Shuttle. In The Big Aquarium, visit the largest
freshwater aquarium in the world in Chattanooga, TN. Shows hundreds
of fish and animals from various habitats, divers feeding fish,
and looks behind-the-scenes at the control center, the veterinarian
and the research lab. In The Big Space Shuttle, explore the
behind-the-scenes action at the space shuttle program, including
the astronaut training, the crew roles, shuttle maintenance and
orbital gravity experiments. Audio. 98 min.; $29.90; Age: 5-8. Little
POLO: RETURN TO XANADU. Young Marco Polo undertakes an exciting
journey to the mythical kingdom of Xanadu overcoming dangers with
the help of his friends. DVD features an extensive Bonus Section,
and 4.1 surround soundtrack in English and Spanish. Video and DVD.
80 min.; $12.74; Age: 6-10. Premiere Pictures, Inc.
THE FLYING HORSE AND BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Pegasus follows the
mythological horse from birth to his battle with the multi-headed
Chimaera. He is appointed by Zeus as thunder-bearer and is transformed
into the constellation. Narrated by Mia Farrow. Adapted by Doris
Orgel. Beauty and the Beast is based on the classic tale.
To save her beloved father, a beautiful young girl agrees to become
the companion of a brutish and unhappy beast. As time passes, love
works a miraculous change in their lives. Narrated by MIA Farrow.
DVD. 60 min.; $14.95; Age: 4-12. Lightyear Entertainment.
TOTALLY ROCKS. A wild, weekend-long adventure in the red rock
mountains of Utah. Zeke, the host, invites kids to accompany him
as he learns how to mountain bike, rock climb, and watches pros
at these extreme sports while exploring Native American art and
dance. DVD. 35 min.; $14.98; Age: 5-12. Big Bright World, Inc.
MICHAEL MOTORCYCLE. Join Michael Michael Motorcycle and his
young friends, Billy & Johnny, as he transforms their family
garage into a 'dirtbike supershop' and takes them on the ride of
their dreams. Along with the fun, safety and responsibility are
emphasized. DVD. 30 min.; $14.95; Age: 4-9. Monterey Media.
BIG SPACE SHUTTLE. Explores the behind-the-scenes action at
the space shuttle program, including the astronaut training, the
crew roles, shuttle maintenance and orbital gravity experiments.
DVD. 50 min.; $12.74; Age: 6-10. Little Mammoth Media.
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.
TIME FUN: ADVENTURES WITH CONNOR AND JADEN. Sends positive messages
to youngsters on issues like sharing, safety and respect for others.
Adult Juror Comments: Enjoyable short for babies. It takes them
through a day that is familiar to most children, from water play
to play ground. The production level is very simple, but it works.
The child narrator will most likely appeal to little ones while
adults will enjoy the child's perspective on daily living. Clear
images and music. Kid Juror Comments: The two-year-olds loved it.
They described the pictures and talked about what they saw. One
child asked to watch it again. They loved seeing the water and the
playground and kept saying "babies." They talked to the
screen about what they saw. Good length. DVD. 35 min.; $15.99; Age:
0-2. BOOGIEBUBBLE PRODUCTIONS, INC.
WHEELS: TRACTOR ADVENTURES. Contains three episodes: There
Goes a Tractor: Whether dragging a plow or pulling feed for
cows, tractors make things happen. There Goes a Farm Truck:
Ever see a vehicle that's as big as a house and can mow and entire
field of wheat? Spend a day on the farm and discover the big machines
that harvest food. There Goes a Dump Truck: Put on your hard
hat and follow vehicles that perform jobs moving heavy loads of
soil, gravel and cement and dump them at construction sites. Adult
Juror Comments: Takes the viewer right into the action of big vehicle.
Good narration, very matter-of-fact format. Jam-packed with farm
scenes and information - from mowing, plowing and planting to harvesting.
Verbal and visual demonstrations. Narrator's silly monologues and
slapstick behavior is a bit goofy, but kids enjoy. Emphasizes safety.
Kid Juror Comments: Fascinated by the machines. "I want to
milk cows and make chocolate milk." Fun and teaches practical
stuff. "We never get to see this stuff in my country, which
is a big city." "Dave took us to cool places like fields
and carrot factories." "The big trucks are the bomb!"
Held the attention of older boys who loved the explosions. "I
liked the Kamatzzu 930E because it was huge." "The conveyer
belt is like a roller coaster." DVD. 105 min.; $14.98; Age:
4-8. POWER TO CREATE.
4 EPISODES. Includes: Episode 4 - Arachnophobia on the Loose
- Alicia is faced with a creepy crawly mystery. Episode 7 - Owl
for One, One for Owl - Webster searches for the real magic of
owls. Episode 10 - Big Ol' Moose - Who wants to be called
Moose? Not Jeff. Episode 12 - Lone Wolf - Sara finds the
life of a lone wolf is not easy. Adult Juror Comments: Interesting
and thorough presentations. Format is very up-to-the-minute, using
webcamera communication, holographic projection, and more. Very
cool presentation for science and nature studies. Cinematography
excellent. And, the Canadian producers have a fantastic sense of
humor. Kid Juror Comments: Kids loved it. "It's like learning
while you're having fun." "I learned more about spiders
than I ever would have thought, and learned they're not that scary."
"I can't wait to see the other episodes in this series."
DVD. 92 min.; $19.95; Age: 7-12. REEL GIRLS MEDIA.
FROM KIDS FIRST!® FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL 2005
For a complete list of all Festival titles currently
being shown, visit
3. A. 198 min.
ALF, the Animated Series, was a spin off of the live action
ALF series. ALF Animated Adventures follows ALF's pre-Earth
adventures on his home planet of Melmac with his family, his girlfriend
Rhonda, and friends Skip and Sloop. ALF Animated Series originally
aired on NBC's Saturday morning block from 1987-1990. Episodes Include:
Phantom Pilot, Hair Today, Bald Tomorrow, Two
for the Brig, Gordon Ships Out, Birdman of Melmac,
Pismo and The Orbit Gyro, 20,000 Years in Driving
School, Pride of the Shumways, Captain Bobaroo.
Age: 5-12. LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Surf's Up. A. 99 min.
The Backyardigans are a group of five young friends who get together
daily to play in the backyard they share. Each day, their imaginations
transform that backyard into a different fantastic, photo-realistic
landscape, and they go off on a high-stakes quest full of song,
dance, and adventure. Age: 2-5. PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
by the Dozen 2. L. 94 min.
Steve Martin is funnier than ever in this hilarious sequel! Tom
Baker (Steve Martin) and wife Kate (Bonnie Hunt) bring their clan
together for a memorable summer getaway. But their dream vacation
turns into an outrageous competition with the overachieving, overzealous
family of Tom's longtime rival, Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy). Featuring
all the original Baker kids, including Hilary Duff, Tom Welling
and Piper Perabo, this super-sized comedy is fun for the whole family!
Age: 5-12. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Mike 2: Streetball. L. 90 min.
Die-hard hoops fan Jerome Jenkins Junior gets no respect at the
local court, because he's too young, too slow, and worst of all
- too short. But when he puts on a mysterious pair of sneakers,
he's suddenly able to dribble, drive, and dunk like a champ! Jerome's
rise to streetball fame seems unstoppable! But when it threatens
to alienate his family and friends, Jerome realizes there's a high
price to pay to be crowned the King of Concrete! Age: 5-12. TWENTIETH
CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Teresa. L. 130 min.
An inspirational portrayal of Mother Teresa, a simple nun who became
one of the most significant personalities of the 20th Century. Armed
with a faith that could move mountains, Mother Teresa followed her
calling to help the poor, the lepers, the dying and the abandoned
children in the slums of Calcutta, challenging many authorities -
including the church - along the way. Age: 10-18. TWENTIETH CENTURY
FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Butterfly. 100 min.
A film by Léa Pool, starring Academy Award® winner William
Hurt, Genie Award Winner Pascale Bussières, and Marc Donato.
Based on the true story of a terminally ill 10-year-old boy whose
dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on earth, the mythic
and elusive Blue Morpho. His mother persuades a renowned entomologist
(William Hurt) to take them on a trip to the jungle to search for
the butterfly, leading to an adventure that transforms their lives.
The young boy is now a young man. This compelling adventure about
courage, redemption and love is filmed in the rain forests of Costa
Rica and in Montreal. Ages 5-18. MONTEREY MEDIA
AND RENEWING MEMBERS
Please welcome these new or renewing members
and visit their web sites.
Tippy LLC http://www.thetippystory.com
D's Kids Club Airs on Three New Stations
This KIDS FIRST!® member airs Mondays through Fridays at 7 am
on three new stations: KCPO/Sioux Fall, KCPL/Rapid City and KCPM/Fargo.
The series from Raven Moon Entertainment, Inc. is available in 80+
of the country.
This KIDS FIRST!® member is about to sign with Porchlight as
their distributor. In addition, they have received an invitation
to speak at the United Nations about the difficulties of Native
Americans working in the US media system.
Launches in NYC
As part of a plan to rollout the commercial-free channel nationally,
BabyFirstTV will be available first on DirecTV, with other carriers
to follow. BabyFirstTV will be free to DirecTV subscribers throughout
May. The programming lineup is comprised of 80% original content.
The channel will feature interactive components to support the co-viewing
experience between parents and kids.
This new blog explores how technology is changing education in the
US. The blog is designed specifically to help guide teachers in
grades K-12 through the ins and outs of new technology (e.g. wikis,
blogs, RSS, podcasts, social networking sites, etc). Learning.now
is hosted by writer/editor, with expertise in educational technology,
and a longtime blogger Andy Carvin. More information at Learning.Now.
Academy is Taking Applications
Little Airplane has a summer animation class for kids.
class is an introduction to animation. Participants must be between
the ages of 7 and 16 and have an interest in computer animation.
The course will cover basic principles of animation, and each participant
will be presented with a DVD of their work at the end of the class.
Classes will be taught by Emmy Award-winning Animation Director,
Jennifer Oxley. http://www.littleairplane.com/
AND PARENTING NEWS
TV Introduce True Dads
This new public affairs campaign is designed to encourage men to
be actively involved in their kids' lives. The network will support
the initiative with a PSA campaign featuring celebrity dads delivering
the message, as well as teaming with local cable affiliates and
grass roots organizations. True Dads also fits nicely with Spike
TV's new tagline, "Get More Action."
OddParents Meet American Idol
This new 1-hour special episode of The Fairly OddParents,
will premiere on Nickelodeon, May 19, at 8 pm. Former American Idol
contestant Diana DiGarmo is featured in the special as the singing
voice of her biggest fan, Cosmo. If you miss it or want to see it
on the big screen, you can find it in our own KIDS FIRST!® Film
Festival. Check our website
Film Festival Events by Christine L.
coast, west coast - KIDS FIRST!® has something for you. May
and June are chock-full of fun Film Festival events that will engage,
entertain and educate children and parents alike. The Pinky Dinky
Doo tour and Moondance
International Film Festival are examples of these fun times.
executive producer of Pinky Dinky Doo and author/illustrator
of the Pinky Dinky Doo book series exclaims, "Wow! Who
knew bedtime stories to my kids would wind-up as books, a TV series,
and now as part of the KIDS FIRST!® Film Festival tour?... COOL."
Jim Jinkins and co-creator, David Campbell, created an independent
company, Cartoon Pizza, with
a mission to develop and produce entertainment content with mass-appeal
that respects the intelligence, experience and feelings of kids.
Cartoon Pizza develops popular shows including JoJo's Circus
and Stanley. Now, with the success of the Pinky Dinky
Doo books, Jinkins turned the stories into a television series
for Nickelodeon's educational, commercial-free network, Noggin.
Beginning May, 2006, Jinkins, on behalf of Cartoon Pizza, joins
KIDS FIRST!® and Sesame Workshop
in special film festival events featuring Pinky Dinky Doo.
At these events in Washington DC, Long Island, NY, and Brooklyn,
New York City, Jinkins introduces his company, Cartoon Pizza, reads
one of his books, and then shows clips of Pinky Dinky Doo.
After the film, Jinkins plays games with the children and signs
books. "I'm 'tickled pink' to introduce Pinky Dinky Doo
and all her wonderfully silly friends to kids through the KIDS FIRST!®
Film Festival tour," said Jim Jinkins.
at Children's Museum of Manhattan
(May 7) and Avalon Theatre
and Georgetown University Children's Hospital (May 13) have thoroughly
enjoyed their time with Jinkins, this tour in not only for entertainment.
It will also benefit children with medical needs. Proceeds will
go to the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, Brooklyn, New
York City. Random House will donate 25 copies of Polka Dot Pox
to the same hospitals. Long Island
Children's Museum will donate passes for families to their event,
June 9th, and proceeds will benefit children at the Schneider's
Children's Hospital on Long Island. The tour winds up on July 16
with a showing at Brooklyn
Children's Museum. Proceeds from this tour will benefit children
at Children's National Medical Center and Georgetown University
Hospital in Washington DC.
As all this
is happening on the east coast, those on the west coast are having
some fun of their own. Celebrating its seventh annual Festival,
Moondance International Film Festival moves to Raleigh Studios in
Hollywood this year. June 9-11, 2006 will be a celebration of creativity
with screenings and workshops. Our own Ranny Levy, founder and president
of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, is moderating a panel
including Tom Siegrist, vice president of production, Twentieth
Century Fox Home Entertainment; Jere Rae-Mansfield, longtime CQCM
board member and president of Monterey Media; Martin Blythe, studio
publicist; Larry Balaban, creator of Baby Genius; and CQCM
board member, Doug Zwick, international agent. The workshop, Successful
Children's Filmmaking: Know Your Market Before You Shoot, will
be an interesting and educational event as the insiders reveal what
works and what doesn't in children's films and DVDs. They'll share
their combined half-century of experiences, both successes and failures,
and offer insights into the future of children's entertainment.
Before you spend one minute or one dollar on production, these tips
can help you direct your valuable resources in the right direction
for success. During this festival, there will also be a screening
of the Monterey Media hit, The
Blue Butterfly - a film by Lea Pool, starring Academy Award
Winner William Hurt, Genie Award Winner Pascale Bussieres, and Marc
Donato. It is based on the true story of a terminally ill 10-year-old
boy whose dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on earth,
the mythic and elusive Blue Morpho.
For more information
on the KIDS FIRST!® Film Festival events and a calendar of what
might be happening in your area, go to http://www.kidsfirst.org/kidsfirst/festival.htm
. We hope to see you there!
Dr. Toy's Tips on Use of Video by Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. /Dr.Toy
www.drtoy.com Smart Play /Smart
Children appreciate music of all kinds, and it helps them to learn
as they listen. They develop their physical ability when they dance
to music. They improve self-expression as they learn words to songs
and enjoy the fun of singing. Music is enjoyed all over the world.
It helps children more easily understand other people and cultures
by listening to the music of other countries. Expose yourself and
your children to music of all kinds and learn to expand your understanding
and increase enjoyment. Some great KIDS FIRST! titles with a variety
of music styles that will get you dancing are Road
Trip Music for K-12, Animal
Tap, Hip to Toe, and The
World's Very Best Opera for Kids.
based on The
World's Very Best Opera for Kids.
square of newspaper, aluminum foil, cardboard
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 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, 2006.
Long Island Children's Museum.
Pinky Dinky Doo East Coast Tour with Jim Jinkins.
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.
2006. Marriott Oakland City Center. The annual meeting of the National
Women's Studies Association. For information go to: http://www.nwsa.org.
July 16, 2006.
Brooklyn Children's Museum.
Pinky Dinky Doo East Coast Tour with Jim Jinkins.
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.
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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CQCM AND KIDS FIRST!®
KIDS FIRST!® is the not-for-profit Coalition for Quality Children's
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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,
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