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Gone Fishin’, and A Bridge to Terabithia

November 30, 2011

CHICAGOANS. Last-minute notice: I’ve been invited to give a quick 15-minute version of the 90-Second Newbery madness this Wednesday night at The Education Show, “Chicago’s premiere edutainment variety show.” Special musical guests Casimer + Casimir. At the Pub Theater @ The Fizz, 3220 N Lincoln Ave. $5 admission. Bring some new school supplies to donate to kids in need and get a prize! 8 pm.

So now that the New York and Chicago 90-Second Newbery film festival screenings are over with, it’s time for me to hunker down and do some serious writing and family enjoyment this holiday season. That is to say: my postings will be briefer, and there will be more time in between them!

While I’m gone, I’ll be posting some of the 90-Second Newbery videos I’ve received that, while great, I did not have time to post before the film festivals occurred. Today’s offering: a rather urban Bridge to Terabithia as adapted by 14-year old Mana Taylor and her 10-year old sister Soley of Chicago. They’re from Iceland! Mana tells me she wants to be a filmmaker. I say she’s got a flying start! You can also see her “behind the scenes” footage here.

Very enjoyable! Good acting (Mana plays a double part), and the costuming was spot-on too: Leslie’s kooky outfit vs. Jesse’s normal boy clothes. I liked the switch from the normal world to Terabithia (inside a bedroom― resourceful!) by cutting during the camera spinning around Jesse. The sped-up footage effectively got the necessary info across quickly. (Stick around for the charming dance party at the end, too.)

Thanks, Mana and Soley! I’m looking forward to seeing what you cook up for next year’s festival.