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INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

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INTO THE SPOTLIGHT is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-12
94 minutes
FeatureFilm
CATHARINE WARREN
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Have you ever wondered about how sudden fame and fortune could change your life? What if you found a magic way to achieve it? Into the Spotlight is a wonderful, action packed film of the journey of a teenage girl who must decide what truly makes her happy.

The story follows a gifted young songwriter who finds fame, but loses herself along the way. With the help of her parents and friends, will she find her way back to what truly matters?

This is a delightful film for children and families. The lesson on being true to oneself is important at any age. The storyline is easy to follow and believable. Laura Banks (Kate Larson) is a talented teenage songwriter (but a reluctant singer) who finds a magic microphone. Her friends, Ben (Raphael Ruggero), David (Justin Sterner), Riley (Marisa Lynae Hampton), and Jackie (Alena Pitts) have a band and they decide to compete in the school's talent show. This is a fun story that made me laugh and cry at the same time. The cinematography is beautiful - with vivid colors. It was easy for me to be fully absorbed in the movie. When Riley gets sick from a tainted cookie provided by their arch-rival Violet (Isabelle Almoyan), Laura is talked into filling Riley's singing spot and becomes an instant star, including being recruited by a talent scout (Karen Abercrombie) to go to Nashville to pursue stardom. Laura finds out that the true choice is not whether to pursue stardom, but whether to be true to herself. The costumes are very typical of teenagers and teenage rock stars. The sets and locations are beautiful. It makes me what to live or visit Nashville. The music is fun and catchy and really fits the film. The character development is pretty believable and the actors are all well chosen for their roles. It is easy to be friends with the good guys.

Kate Larson, who plays the role of Laura, is also the screenwriter. Lisa Arnold, who directs, is an award winning veteran of the film industry. My favorite part is the scene when Laura and Ben are at the vintage clothing store trying on outfits and posing for the camera. It is too much fun!

The message of the film is that making the choice to be honest and true to oneself is the most important thing you can do.

I give Into the Spotlight 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. By Pam L., KIDS FIRST!

Have you ever wondered about how sudden fame and fortune could change your life? What if you found a magic way to achieve it? Into the Spotlight is a wonderful, action packed film of the journey of a teenage girl who must decide what truly makes her happy.

The story follows a gifted young songwriter who finds fame, but loses herself along the way. With the help of her parents and friends, will she find her way back to what truly matters?

This is a delightful film for children and families. The lesson on being true to oneself is important at any age. The storyline is easy to follow and believable. Laura Banks (Kate Larson) is a talented teenage songwriter (but a reluctant singer) who finds a magic microphone. Her friends, Ben (Raphael Ruggero), David (Justin Sterner), Riley (Marisa Lynae Hampton), and Jackie (Alena Pitts) have a band and they decide to compete in the school's talent show. This is a fun story that made me laugh and cry at the same time. The cinematography is beautiful - with vivid colors. It was easy for me to be fully absorbed in the movie. When Riley gets sick from a tainted cookie provided by their arch-rival Violet (Isabelle Almoyan), Laura is talked into filling Riley's singing spot and becomes an instant star, including being recruited by a talent scout (Karen Abercrombie) to go to Nashville to pursue stardom. Laura finds out that the true choice is not whether to pursue stardom, but whether to be true to herself. The costumes are very typical of teenagers and teenage rock stars. The sets and locations are beautiful. It makes me what to live or visit Nashville. The music is fun and catchy and really fits the film. The character development is pretty believable and the actors are all well chosen for their roles. It is easy to be friends with the good guys.

Kate Larson, who plays the role of Laura, is also the screenwriter. Lisa Arnold, who directs, is an award winning veteran of the film industry. My favorite part is the scene when Laura and Ben are at the vintage clothing store trying on outfits and posing for the camera. It is too much fun!

The message of the film is that making the choice to be honest and true to oneself is the most important thing you can do.

I give Into the Spotlight 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. By Pam L., KIDS FIRST!

A gifted young songwriter finds fame but loses herself along the way. With the help of her parents and friends, will she find her way back to what truly matters?
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