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Sunday, February 16, 2020

KidsBestFest 2020: A Movie Festival for Kids and Their Adults

Design by James Hindle

When: During Winter School Break -  Tuesday February 18th, 2020 - Friday February 21st, 2020; Film Screenings start at 11:00AM // Doors Open at 10:30AM

Where: Academy of Music Theatre274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

What:
KidsBestFest is a movie festival for kids and their adults with free admission during winter school break on the big screen at the Academy of Music Theatre! KidsBestFest, a part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series, is presented by the Northampton Arts Council and the Academy of Music Theatre. We kick off the film festival on Tuesday February 18th at 11:00AM with one screening of Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird!, followed on Wednesday the 19th with one screening of Song of the Sea at 11:00AM, on Thursday the 20th we will show The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part at 11:00AM, and on Friday the 21st is Aya of Yop City at 11:00AM. As an added bonus we will feature a special screening before each movie of a short animated film from local animation studio Opertura, “Weird Healing.”
How Much: FREE, donations encouraged to keep our movies free for everyone. The seating is limited to 400 in the orchestra.

Movie Schedule:
Tuesday, February 18Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985, Rated G, English, 88min Minutes, Live Action) at 11:00AM.


Big Bird's in a foster nest. Cast includes Sandra Bernhard, John Candy, Chevy Chase, Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson. Cameos by Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, and more.












Wednesday, February 19: Song of the Sea (2014, Rated G, English, 93 minutes, Animated) at 11:00AM.

Watch Trailer Here     
87th Academy Award® Nominee Best Animated Feature
42nd Annie Awards Nominee Best Animated Feature

From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells comes a breathtakingly gorgeous, hand-drawn masterpiece. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch Macha and a host of ancient and mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever. As enthralling for adults as it is for children young and old, Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendor that is destined to become a classic.                                                                                                                                                                     
Thursday, February 20The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019, Rated PG, 107 Minutes, Animated) at 11:00AM.
Watch Trailer Here

The much-anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, global box office phenomenon that started it all, “The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part” reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. The battle to defeat them and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet, Lucy, Batman and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.





Friday, February 21: Aya of Yop City (2013, Rated NR, French with English Subtitles, 84 minutes, Animation) at 11:00AM.

Watch Trailer Here
Set against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by co-director Marguerite Abouet.

Aya is 19, and she loves her neighborhood of Yop City in Abidjan, where everyone knows each other. It’s always lively, with open markets, colorful fabrics, funky caf├ęs and music everywhere. Her mom Fanta is the neighborhood’s most trusted healer. Her dad is a sales rep for a brewery, and certainly gets his fill of the product. While Aya has dreams of becoming a doctor, her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, just like to hang out and spend their evenings dancing, drinking and flirting with boys. Their ambition is to follow Plan C: Combs, Clothes and Chasing Men! But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the baby’s father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country. How can he possibly tell his old man?

Tuesday, February 18-Friday, February 21 Weird Healing (2013, Rated NR, 1 min. 33 sec., Animation) screened before each of the feature presentations.

Pim, the positive and all-embracing 'doctor' and Jiji, his old bull of a guide with deep knowledge of plant life and herbal medicine, travel the universes curing ailments with methods unconventional by today's medical standards. Weird Healing focuses on embracing the unknown with openness and a willingness to understand.

KidsBestFest 2020 Headline Sponsors: 
A2Z Science & Learning Store, Greenfield Savings Bank, Northampton Open Media

Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, WRSI - 93.9 The River, New England Public Radio, Northampton Open Media, MassLive.com / The Republican, Valley Advocate
Org. Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council and the City of Northampton
KidsBestFest is produced by the Northampton Arts Council
KidsBestBest is co-presented by the Academy of Music Theatre

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