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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

YouthFilm 2014 Schedule



2014 YouthFilm & KidsBestFest Schedule

MONDAY February 17th (7+)


1:00pm – Welcome & Introduction

1:05  - Local Living - 10 minutes
Fiona Post (17), Williamstown, MA
A documentary about a high school student living completely locally for a week--working for her food and speaking with local farmers.

1:15 - Layered - 2 minutes
Laura Desimine (17), Williamstown, MA
Take a journey, whether you’re on 2 feet, 2 wheels or 20 legs.

1:17 - “The Clapper” Commercial - 58 seconds
Sadie Logan (15), Amherst, MA
“The Clapper” commercial advertises a practical light that can turn on with the clap of your hands.

1:18 - Yellow - 4 minutes 30 seconds
Peter Hudlicka (15), Amherst, MA
Yellow is a music video of the song Yellow by the band Coldplay. The video is an interpretation of the song, showing a person traveling through various places, in various ways.

1:22 - Nutella Commercial - 1 minute
Gina Pryciak (15), Amherst, MA
While a mother makes a nutella sandwich for her daughter, the smell draws in the rest of the family and a runner to the kitchen.

1:23 - William Squeakspear - 5 minutes 30 seconds
Florine & Clementine Mulcahy (8), Springfield, MA
William Squeakspear is a happy squirrel out for a walk in the woods. Things go wrong when he crosses The Witch of Himself who is very hungry. William runs away only to find himself in trouble with Crocodile Goblin who also wants something to eat. What will happen to the poor little squirrel?




1:28 - Squandering - 4 minutes 19 seconds
Sylvia Shread (14), Northampton, MA
With music written by her dad and starring her sister, the video is supposed to enlighten others on the dwindling childhood of this earth.

1:35 - Break/Intro

1:40pm - Matilda (USA)

Based on the book by British children's author Roald Dahl, Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito, the films director, and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Matilda's shady father.
Run Time: 102 Minutes, Language: English, Year: 2006, Genre: Fantasy


TUESDAY February 18th  (All Ages)


1:00pm – Welcome & Introduction

1:05pm - Somewhere Over the Rainbow - 5 minutes 
A fun animated short of a chameleon trekking through the jungle.

1:10pm  - An Afternoon of Mo Willems animated shorts

Mo Willems’ works in children’s books, animation, television, theater, and bubble gum card painting have garnered him 3 Caldecott Honors, 2 Geisel Medals, 6 Emmy Awards, 3 Geisel Honors, a Helen Hayes nomination, and multiple bubble gum cards. He is best known for his characters Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon, and Elephant and Piggie. He is worst known for his characters in Sheep in the Big City and The Off-Beats.
The Eric Carle Museum will be on hand to give out Free family passes to ‘Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems’
Run Time: 90 minutes, Language: English, Genre: Childrens

1:15 - Hooray For Amanda & Her Alligator – 12 minutes
1:27 - Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct – 9 minutes
1:36 - The Duckling Gets A Cookie – 7 minutes 
This film was just completed and has NEVER been shown publicly before.  
1:43 - Knuffle Bunny 3 Parts - 39 minutes
2:02 - Leonardo the Terrible Monster  - 8 Minutes
2:10 - The Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed -10 minutes
2:20 - Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - 7 minutes
2:27 - Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late - 8 minutes

WEDNESDAY February 19th  (10+)


1:00pm – Welcome & Introduction

1:05pm - I Spy with My Little Eye - 10 minutes

1:15 - Alien Runners - 3 minutes 30 seconds
Rebecca van der Meulen (15), Williamstown, MA
A girl is out for her daily run when she encounters a wolf.

1:18 - The Leaf Sweeper - 3 minutes
Tom Greto (14), Florence, MA
A short comedy film where two boys watching a man sweep leaves but things get weird when the man imagines he is fighting masked men.

1:22 - Manhattan Goosechase - 12 minutes
John Nessel (12) and Skylar Nieman (11), Florence, MA
A phone is stolen twice in the heart of New York City. Follow the duo ono two wild goose chases in one amazing film.

1:34 - Twist of Fate - 30 minutes
Sophia Hatfield (12), Joely Feder (13), Delaney Lynch (12), Mia Rogers (13), and Mina Stern-Wenk (12), Amherst, MA
A haunted piano creates a snag in a wedding when 3 fats step in and take matters into their own meddling hands. But then one of them, a fate-in-training, turns out to be a hero!

2:00 - Break/Intro

2:05 - Ricky-Three’s a Crowd (Germany)
A film by Kai S. Pieck.
Basically, 10 year old Ricky knows no fear - but the world around him is rough. He struggles with his 15 year old brother who is always giving him a hard time and telling him to “piss off.” Things change when a headstrong 13 year old girl and her huge Bull Mastiff move to town.
Run Time: 88 minutes, Language: German with English Subtitles, Year: 2013, Genre: Drama

THURSDAY February 20th  (10+)


1:00pm – Welcome & Introduction

1:00pm - ‘Fix You’ Music Video - 4 minutes 40 seconds
Gina Pryciak (15), Sadie Logan (15), Amherst, MA
This music video for ‘Fix You’ shows you the heartbreaking relationship between two teenagers and an experience many can relate to from their teenage years.

1:05 - Don’t Waste Food - 4 minutes and 29 seconds
Epyana Smith (17), Williamstown, MA
What comes to mind when you think of food? This documentary views food through the eyes of Buxton School students.

1:10  - Growing Darkness - 7 minutes 15 seconds
Neil Adams (11), Williamsburg, MA                                                     
Three brothers are home alone when they hear news of a zombie outbreak. They struggle to survive through the terrors of these mindless beasts wanting nothing but to consume human flesh. Will they escape? Who will survive?

1:17 - ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Music Video - 6 minutes
Rocco Desgres (13), Northampton, MA
We’ve all seen Queens original “Bohemian Rhapsody” music but R.R.R.PRODUCTIONS has taken the classic and made it his very own, putting a whole new feeling to the entire song.

1:23 - “Francis” and “I Live in a Tree” - 2 minutes
Fiona Post (17), Williamstown, MA
Two video art composite pieces.

1: 22 - Break/Intro

1:30pm - Maiden Trip (USA)
A film by Jillian Schlesinger.  
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Winner Audience Award Canadian Film Festival 2013, Winner Audience Award Visions SXSW Film Festival 2013, Festival Directors Award Winner Mountain Film in Telluride 2013. 
Run Time: 82 minutes, Language: English, Dutch w. English Subtitles, Year: 2013 Genre: Documentary

FRIDAY February 21st  (13+)


1:00pm – Welcome & Introduction

1:05pm - Basic Lower Third - 3 minutes
Giselle Lora (17) and Maya Norbu (18), Williamstown, MA
A young woman is plagued by black despair that is finally washed clean.

1:08 - The Red Night - 6 minutes 19 seconds
Lucas Solem (14), Florence, MA
When a teenager investigates his friends odd behavior, he gets himself into a fight for his life.

1:14 - Hair - 6 minutes
Laura Desimine (17), Williamstown, MA
Hair is a short documentary about haircuts at a small progressive boarding school in the Berkshires. It explores different people’s experiences and stories with the topic.

1:20- What We Hide - 2 minutes 10 seconds
Sophia Berger (16), Amherst, MA
Two high school girls who have been friends for years have their two darkest secrets suddenly revealed. But can they stay friends?

1:22 - Map of Your Head - 3 minutes 50 seconds
Anni Reffsin (17), Amherst, MA
A Modern version of the artist who goes mad.

1:25pm - Break/Intro

1:30pm - ‘Youth Reel: Paradigm’ Shorts Program
An incredible selection of films made by teens from California Film Institute’s 6th annual Summerfilm course.  

Epitaph - 5 minutes 52 seconds
Charles Blecker

Darkroom - 2 minutes 29 seconds 
Group of Photo I students at Harvard-Westlake School

Farm  - 9 minutes
Malone Lumarda   


Just Like You - 2 minutes 15 seconds
Alex Herz

Post Remembrance - 3 minutes 37 seconds
Cosima Elwes, Hana Kateman, Danielle Stolz

Different Drummer - 2 minutes
Nikta Mansouri, J.J. Spitz

History Lesson - 1 minutes 15 seconds
Murielle Alconcel, Adi Alouf, Trey Carlisle, Karenina Juarez, Sawyer Kroll, Crystal Tran, Grace Waronker

Iceberg - 4 minutes 37 seconds
Rachel Lin

Make It Out - 4 minutes 39 seconds
Teens of the Real to Reel Film School, Raw Arts Works

Mission Impromable  - 5 minutes  30 seconds
Clio Gevirtz

Beautiful - 6 minutes
Teens of the Real to Reel Film School, Raw Arts Works

Cookie Wars - 5 minutes  45 seconds
Natasha Lasky 

Alone - 2 minutes 35 seconds
James Hopewell  

Life in Pink - 9 Minutes
Zach Madden

Paradigm - 5 minutes  
Stephen Boyer

Killers - 5 minutes
David Spanos


Weight - 5 minutes 50 seconds
Mark Kachuk, Evan Lavine, Zachary Silverstein, Matthew Woods,

Sssssh - 5 minutes 
Danelia Changeux

Pencil en Pointe - 48 seconds
Vivian Lu

Honk if You Love Someone - 5 minutes
Sophia Pink

10,000 Hours - 3 minutes 23 seconds
Nick Rua