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Mike Elliott, Director and Visionary, Shares His Trade Secrets

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike Elliott, the director of American Pie: Girls Rule. In our discussion, we discussed the challenges of continuing one of cinema’s most famous comedy series and how this film differs from his experience as both a director and a producer. American Pie: Girls Rule is the ninth installment in the franchise. After nine films, the series has garnered a reputation and an expectation from its fans. So, Mike Elliott had to approach this film from two fronts. First, he had to keep in mind the “formula” that the American Pie series follows - a raunchy, but explorative and innocent story. Second, he had to find a way to separate this film from its many predecessors. To do so, American Pie: Girls Rule switches perspective and looks at the comedy of relationships from the female … - read more...


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Steve Michelson – From One Pass to Sustainable Tomorrows, Innovator Supreme!

We have the pleasure today to visit with Steve Michelson about “Making Media That Matters.” Steve Michelson is the Executive Producer for The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows, a 501©3 non-profit specializing in supporting engagement campaigns around cause-related documentaries involving health, social justice, sustainability and the environment.  Two current projects that he is leading are the film Phil’s Camino and the mission to change the standard of care around cancer treatment.  The Fund is also managing the engagement around the release of the film 16Bars about the reentry of returning citizens to society from our prison system. Steve’s on line course, in association with Ringling College in Sarasota Florida, for the next generation of documentarians will launch this year as Making Media … - read more...

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KIDS FIRST! Partners with Xerb.tv to Launch Family Streaming Service
KIDS FIRST! and Xerb.tv launched a new, ad-free digital streaming service for high quality children’s programming earlier this spring. The content is curated from filmmakers from all around the world and the bulk of the revenue from the channel will go directly to the filmmakers. The rapidly growing Xerb.tb is providing KIDS FIRST! a platform to deliver a collection of family-friendly content that is inspirational, enriching and motivational. “What the KIDS FIRST! Digital Channel (https://xerb.tv/channel/kidsfirst) offers families is engaging, informative and fun content with pro-social values that both kids and parents love,” … - read more...


Halle Stanford (The Jim Henson Co), Jason Isaacs, Will Forte, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons (Scoob!)
Listen in as we interview Halle Stanford, President of TV, The Jim Henson Company and actors from the film Scoob! - Jason Isaacs, Will Forte, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons. Hosts Calista B., Tiana S. and Katherine S. are joined by joined by KF! Critics Dominic, Izzy, SaniyaRain, Ginebra, and Heather. 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

Floogals: Investigation Station * Funny, Original, Always Teaching Kids Ways to Explore
Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny "hoomans" who live there! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ethan P. comments, “I like Floogals Investigation Station because it is very funny, original and creative… I like that it is not just animation, as some parts are real life graphics.  I also like that it is always teaching kids to explore and experiment in every episode.” See his full review below. Floogals Investigation StationBy Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11 I like Floogals Investigation Station because it is very funny, original and creative.  It … - read more...


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