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4th Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: 2015 Screening Cities And Dates!

January 8, 2015

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival relies on your donations! Want to support what we’re doing? Please donate the 90-Second Newbery here! We are a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

It’s time for the FOURTH ANNUAL 90-Second Newbery Film Festival—our yearly video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. We’re screening the best of them at libraries all across the country. Check if we’re coming to your town in the listings below!

And treat yourself to one of this year’s movies, above—a spooky adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantastic 2009 Newbery Medal winning The Graveyard Book, made (with some help by me) by kid participants of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival put on every year by Chicago’s Facets Cinematheque. A little longer than 90 seconds, but great work! Such great acting from everyone! And the three kids who operated the “Sleer” puppet were real pros. Extra points to the kid who flipped the lights on and off rapidly whenever the Sleer went crazy. Resourceful!

This movie, and many other great kid-made movies, will be featured at the 90-Second Newbery screenings below. If you’re coming, be sure to make your FREE reservation—these screenings fill up quick, and I wouldn’t want you to be left out! (Wondering what these screenings are like? Here’s the recap of last year’s Chicago screening, and last year’s New York screening.)

Sunday, January 25, 2015. The CHICAGO SCREENING at Adventure Stage Chicago (1012 N Noble St, Chicago, IL). With co-host Keir Graff (author of The Other Felix). 3-4:30 pm. Make your free reservation here.

Saturday, February 7, 2015. The OAKLAND, CA SCREENING at the Rockridge branch of the Oakland Public Library (5366 College Ave., Oakland, CA). 12-1 pm. Make your free reservation here.

Saturday, February 7, 2015. The SAN FRANCISCO SCREENING at the San Francisco Public Library main branch (100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA). With co-host bestselling author Annie Barrows (Ivy and Bean). 4-5:30 pm. Make your free reservation here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015. The TACOMA SCREENING at the Tacoma Public Library (1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, WA). 3-5 pm, but come early for the red carpet! Make your free reservation here.

Sunday, February 22, 2015. The PORTLAND AREA SCREENING at the Troutdale Library branch (2451 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR). 5-6 pm. Make your free reservation here.

Saturday, February 28, 2015. The MINNEAPOLIS SCREENING at the Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN) in Pohlad Hall. With co-host Kelly Barnhill (author of The Witch’s Boy, The Mostly True Story of Jack, and Iron Hearted Violet). 3-4:30 pm. Make your free reservation here.

Saturday, March 7, 2015. The NEW YORK CITY screening at the Stephan A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library (Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY), in the Celeste Bartos Forum. With co-host Ame Dyckman (author of Boy + Bot, Tea Party Rules, and more). 3-5 pm. Make your free reservation here.

Sunday, March 8, 2015. The BROOKLYN, NY screening at the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY) with co-host Peter Lerangis (The 39 Clues, the Seven Wonders series, and more). In the Dweck Auditorium. 2-4 pm.

Remember, the extended deadline for entries is January 16 . . . so if you’re still sitting on a movie, now’s the time to send it in! (Or if you want to make a quickie, go for it!) And of course it’s never too early to start making your movie for next year. Complete rules and details here.

See you at the screenings!

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival relies on your donations! Want to support what we’re doing? Please donate the 90-Second Newbery here! We are a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.