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Archive for April, 2011

Boulder Int’l Film Festival’s Free Student Films, Friday, April 29

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

BIFF.jpgThe Colorado Film Society, the non-profit organization that produces the Boulder International Film Festival, will conduct its “World Cinema Day” program for students age 13 and above on Friday, April 29, 2011, a no-school day due to teacher in-service meetings.

This World Cinema Day program will be held at the Boulder Public Library Auditorium at 9th & Canyon from 1 to 3 p.m. and will feature a program of six short films screened previously at the Boulder International Film Festival:

There is no cost for students to attend, though seating will be available on a “first come/first served” basis. CFS staff will be present at the screening.

The program is appropriate for ages 13 and older. It is NOT appropriate for younger students.

The Colorado Film Society is a non-profit organization that produces the Boulder International Film Festival. The CFS is dedicated to building a cohesive film community in Boulder through educational outreach to area students and providing educational forums and networking opportunities to filmmakers and industry professionals in Boulder.

“World Cinema Days” are presented by the Colorado Film Society/Boulder International Film Festival, and are made possible through support from The Community Foundation, Xcel Energy and the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Please call 303 449-2283 or email [email protected] for more information.

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Celebrate Asian Heritage Month With Tikki Tikki Tempo DVD

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Tikki.jpgThis unique collection of six best-selling cultural stories is narrated by celebrities such as B.D. Wong and Ming-Na Wen.
The title tale, Tikki Tikki Tembo, is based on the classic picture book by Arlene Mosel, illustrated by Blair Lent. What’s in a name? A great deal according to the Chinese of long ago who honored their first son with the grand, long name Tikki Tikki Tembo. But such names can cause a lot of trouble, as the younger brother and his mother discover when the eldest falls down a well! Additional stories include:
• The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks – Based on the book written by Katherine Paterson and illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon. A compassionate couple risks their lives to save a pair of Mandarin ducks. Narrated by B.D. Wong.
• Grandfather’s Journey- Through compelling reminiscences of his grandfather’s life in the United States and Japan, Allen Say poignantly recounts his family’s journey to America. The feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries are sensitively expressed. Narrated by B.D. Wong, with music by Ernest V. Troost.
• The Stonecutter  -Based on the book by Gerald McDermott, based on a Japanese folktale, tells the story of a lowly stonecutter named Tasaku who longs for wealth and power. The soundtrack features a Japanese koto.
•  Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China – This award-winning version of the Red Riding Hood story features Lon Po Po, who pretends to be the grandmother of three little girls left at home.
• Sam and the Lucky Money – This animated story is based on the book by Karen Chinn, this story. It’s Chinese New Year in Chinatown, and Sam meets a stranger who helps him make the perfect decision on how to spend his lucky money. Narrated by Ming-Na Wen.

Visit http://www.newkideo.com/ to learn more about Scholastic Storybook Treasures

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FOODPLAY at Whole Foods, Santa Fe, April 23rd

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Foodplay.jpgWe wanted to remind you that this Saturday, April 23rd, my friend Barbara Storper’s company Foodplay Productions will be presenting a free performance of FOODPLAY for kids and families at 2pm at the Whole Foods Market in Santa Fe (corner of St. Francis Drive and Cordova Street). Their motto: Turning Kids on to Healthy Habits!
Please see invite here: http://www.foodplay.com/downloads/pdf/WholeFoodsFlyer.pdf
Note: Seats are extremely limited, please get to the show early!   
Hope to see you there!

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Shalom Sesame Receives Hugo Television Award

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

ShalonSesame.jpgShalom Sesame, a twelve-part DVD series offering North American children and families an introduction to Jewish life and culture, won a Hugo Television Award Certificate of Merit: Children’s Program for the episode, “It’s Passover, Grover!”  This marks the first Hugo Television Award for Shalom Sesame, which is co-produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Channel HOP!, the leading children’s channel in Israel.

The winning Shalom Sesame episode, “It’s Passover, Grover!” finds the zany blue monster Grover and his friend Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) on a visit to Israel and it is almost time to celebrate Passover—only there is no horseradish to be found. Grover and Anneliese, along with Avigail, a beloved Muppet friend from Rechov Sumsum, put their heads together to track down the missing horseradish, exhibiting teamwork and problem solving skills, all while learning about the traditions of Passover. The Shalom Sesame series is designed to introduce Jewish culture and traditions, as well as the diversity of Israeli life, to American children and their families, through storylines drawn from Jewish traditions. The series also celebrates introducing Jewish values and concepts and introduces viewers to the Hebrew language.

The Hugo Television Awards were founded 47 years ago to acknowledge those who keep the television medium vibrant and shape its future. The Hugo TV Awards are presented annually in Chicago by the Chicago International Film Festival.

Shalom Sesame is available on DVD from SISU Home Entertainment, to order visit http://www.sisuent.com/.

“It’s Passover, Grover!” can also be seen on PBS (check local listings). For more information, including materials for parents and educators, please visit http://www.shalomsesame.org/. For clips from the series, visit the Shalom Sesame YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/shalomsesame.

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PBS Kids launches Play-Along Videos Online

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

SuperWhyPlayAlong.jpgPBS KIDS has launched a series of online videos for preschoolers that combine video shorts with interactive game play.  Available on the PBS KIDS Video Player, the Play-Along Videos feature DINOSAUR TRAIN and SUPER WHY. In each Play-Along Video, kids interact with characters to help them complete tasks, such as matching items of the correct size or finding the right words to complete a sentence.

“We are always looking for ways to make media more engaging by exploring new technology that fosters fun and learning,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “Initial research of our Play-Along Videos has been promising, and we are excited about the learning potential for this technology that effectively integrates the power of video and interactive gaming.”

PBSKIDS.org, ranked as the top kids’ site for free videos streamed for the past six months, according to comScore Video Metrix, is often the first internet experience for young children. Play-Along Videos are designed to offer educational content supporting childhood development, including social emotional development, artistic expression, language development, and reading skills. The SUPER WHY Play-Along Video helps children build key literacy skills, including vocabulary and spelling.  In the DINOSAUR TRAIN Play-Along Video, children build their science skills, exploring concepts such as investigation and dinosaur anatomy, while on a fossil excavation.

Innovative Online Content Combines Games with Video to Amp up Fun and Learning.

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PBS DVDs About Our Planet to Celebrate Earth Day – April 22

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Earth_Days.JPGEarth Days – Visually stunning, vastly entertaining and awe-inspiring, “Earth Days” looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement – from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s incendiary bestseller “Silent Spring,” to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action. “Earth Days’” secret weapon is a one-two punch of personal testimony and rare archival media. “Earth Days” is both a poetic meditation on man’s complex relationship with nature and an engaging history of the revolutionary achievements – and missed opportunities – of groundbreaking eco-activism. To watch a preview of this film, click here.

Becoming Green: This set contains four outstanding programs related to environmental awareness.
Car of the Future – What will the car of the future be like? Will it run on hydrogen, batteries, or some as-yet undiscovered technology? Find out as NOVA looks at what’s to come for our transportation.
Solar Energy: Saved by the Sun – In the face of rising oil prices and political turmoil in the Middle East, there’s new urgency to find ways to make solar power more efficient and affordable.
Global Warming: What’s Up With the Weather? – The weather is different now – but why? Find out when NOVA and FRONTLINE join forces to determine what’s up with the weather.
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring – Rachel Carson’s great love of the natural world drove her to write about the chemical industry and its unregulated use of DDT. Though she was viciously attacked,
Silent Spring became an instant bestseller and changed the way we think about the natural world.

Secrets Beneath the Ice: Does Antarctica’s climate past offer clues to what may happen to our warming planet? To gather crucial evidence, NOVA follows an ambitious Antarctic investigation utilizing a state-of-the-art drilling probe known as ANDRILL. Drilling deep beneath the Antarctic ice, down through the sea and three-fourths of a mile into the seafloor, ANDRILL recovers rock cores that reveal intimate details of climate and fauna from a time in the distant past when the Earth was just a few degrees warmer than it is today. As researchers grapple with the harshest conditions on the planet, they discover astonishing new clues — not only about Antarctica’s past, but also Earth’s future. Streets 3/22/11

Word Girl: Earth Day Girl: When the Birthday Girl learns that the Earth is having a special celebration (on her birthday!) she decides to teach the Earth a lesson. Will WordGirl find a way to stop the Birthday Girl and save Earth Day?

The Big Energy Gamble: A vast majority of Americans believe we are facing a global climate crisis, but we don’t know how the various energy solutions we hear about can help. NOVA looks at everything California – an oasis of energy conservation – is doing, from conservation and efficiency to the development of new sources of carbon-free power, to find out how the rest of the country can join in their aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future.

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