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KIDS FIRST!/IN THE LOOP Film Festival Continues through September 26

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration continues with a virtual screening today, Sunday, September 19 of a fantastic feature called QUARANTEENED: THE MUSICAL - the story we can all relate to about life during the age of COVID-19 - from the experience of a talented group of teens. The film is documented through photos, chats, Zoom calls and lots of great music! Quaranteened was written by all teen writers and recorded entirely from home and produced remotely. The show features the intertwined stories of a group of teenagers trying to stay connected in a world asking them to isolate themselves. This is followed by a Q&A with the film's creator, Cori Anne Laemmel. Tickets can be purchased here: https://watch.eventive.org/intheloopkfff/play/61241c47bf831b009c178de3 Monday, September 20 brings you a group of films about Life as it Happens! These stories are about … - read more...


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My Name is Pauli Murray * Amplifies The Story Of An African American Activist Who Challenged Society In Multiple Ways

Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South—who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time. Told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary … - read more...

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Join our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Team
Are you a kid who loves film, loves talking about film and loves to be on-camera? If so, we want you on our national KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team! This audition is open to those wishing to be join our national KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team. To audition, click on the link below to apply. Auditions are open tweens and teens, ages 9 to 16. There are three short steps to enter. There is no fee to participate in this program, but there is a fee to take either our quick start course or one of our boot camps. Go here to apply: https://forms.gle/tJhe7EhtMAZg7sJV9 Deadline to apply: September 10, 2021 Upcoming Beginner's Class; September 18 - Oct 16, … - read more...


Charlie’s Colorforms City: Fantick Adventures, The Lost Leonardo, The Alpinist, Charlies Colorforms City, Spin
Listen in as we review The Lost Leonardo, The Alpinist, Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures; interview Manjari Makijany (Director) Anna Cathcart, Jahbril Cook, Kerri Medders, Michael Bishop (cast) from Disney Channel’s new show, Spin. Host Tiana S. is joined by KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Ayden, Katherine, Ella and Rosabella. Before you spend your hard earned dollars at the movies, be sure to listen to what our youth reporters have to - read more...

From the Jury

Nightbooks * Just The Right Amount Of Scary For A Thrill But Won’t Keep You Up All Night
A young boy named Alex becomes the prisoner of a witch to avoid certain death, he convinces her to let him tell her a scary story every night. Upon meeting the witch's servant, Yazmin, the two must use their wits to escape her apartment, a magical labyrinth filled with various dangers, before the witch kills them both. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments, “Nightbooks is very entertaining, but has some slow moments. It’s perfect for people who love a scary movie, but may regret watching it at night (like me!). It has the just right amount of scary moments to give you a thrill, but also doesn’t keep you up at night.” See … - read more...


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