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Portland Screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival this Sunday!

February 21, 2013

I’m in Chicago right now, but in a few short hours I’ll be getting on a plane and flying to Portland, Oregon! Why? The Portland screening of the 2nd Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is coming up this Sunday, February 24th! Co-hosted by me and Heck series author Dale Basye! We received many great submissions from the Portland area this year, and I want to feature a few of them on the blog today. (We’ll be talking about the movies from the Tacoma screening on 2/23 later.)

Above is another very enjoyable 90-Second Newbery from Portland, courtesy of the Fairview-Columbia Library’s Teen Council, of Scott O’Dell’s 1961 Newbery Medal winner Island of the Blue Dolphins. Done with homemade puppets and cardboard cutouts! Ingenious puppet work, good use of the flashlight as a spotlight, and I especially liked the exchange “Come back or I’ll be stuck on the island for 20 years!” “But it’s my fishing spear!” “Fiiiiine” and when Karana bellows “Revenge!” (Nice flying devil-fish, too.)

In a previous post I featured the two versions of Arnold Lobel’s 1973 Honor Book Frog and Toad Together I got from Portland Community Media and the Seaside Public Library (check them out!). I’ve also featured Portlanders Xela and Riley’s Ramona Quimby, Age 8 previously. You can see those, and the rest of the entries from the Portland area for 2013, here.

Thanks so much, and I’m looking forward to meeting you all in person this Sunday!