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Screening dates for the EIGHTH ANNUAL 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, 2019! (Plus: A “Les Miserables”-style Tale of Despereaux)

November 14, 2018

What is this madness?! Only a movie of Kate DiCamillo’s 2004 Newbery Medal Winner The Tale of Despereaux, retold in the style of the musical Les Miserables! (You’ll recognize many the actors from their movie of My Father’s Dragon last year.) It’s one of the many movies that’ll be featured in the 2019 season of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

It’s not too late to make your own movie for the 90-Second Newbery! The deadline is January 11, 2019, so you should get busy. (Want to make a movie, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered with video resources and how-to guides.)

This year we’ll screen our film festival in thirteen (!) cities, and we’ll probably add even more cities in the next few weeks. All of the screenings are FREE, though reservations are recommended because they do “sell out.” I’ll put up links to the reservation system in January . . . but for now, save these dates:

Friday, January 11, 2019
General deadline for the EIGHTH ANNUAL 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
The SAN ANTONIO, TX screening at the Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum (3801 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX). Hosted by me and author Nikki Loftin (Wish Girl, Nightingale’s Nest). Made possible by partners at Bexar County Digital Library Bibliotech and H-E-B Texas Grocery. 2:00 pm, reception following.

Friday, February 15, 2019
The OGDEN, UT screening at the Treehouse Museum (347 22nd Street Ogden, UT 84401). Hosted by me and author Keir Graff  (The Phantom Tower). Made possible by partners at the Treehouse Museum, Utah Humanities and Weber County Book Links. 6:30 pm.

Saturday, February 16, 2019
The SALT LAKE CITY screening at the Salt Lake City Public Library (210 East 400 South). Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Phantom Tower). Made possible by partners at Utah Humanities and the Salt Lake City Public Library. On-site book sales by the Printed Garden. 2:00 pm.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
The MINNEAPOLIS screening at the Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall) in Pohlad Hall. Hosted by me and author Jacqueline West (The Collectors). On-site book sales by Red Balloon Bookshop. 3:00 pm.

Sunday, March 10, 2019
The CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY screening at the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State Street) in the Pritzker Auditorium. Hosted by me and author Keir Graff (The Phantom Tower). With special guest, author Mary Winn Heider (The Mortification of Fovea Munson)! 1:45 pm.

Sunday, March 17, 2019
The ROCHESTER, NY screening at the Eisenhart Auditorium of the Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Ave). Hosted by me and legendary children’s author Bruce Coville (My Teacher Is An Alien, Space Station Ice 3, and more). 2 pm.

Friday, March 22, 2019
The SALEM, OR screening at the Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library (585 Liberty St SE). Hosted by me and another co-host TBA. 6 pm.

Saturday, March 23, 2019
The TACOMA, WA screening at the Blue Mouse Theatre  (2611 N Proctor St, Tacoma, WA). Hosted by me and Tacoma’s own Doug Mackey. 11:00 am.

Saturday, March 30, 2019
The BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY screening at the Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY) in the Dweck Auditorium. Hosted by me and author Torrey Maldonado (Secret Saturdays, Tight). 1 pm.

Sunday, March 31, 2019
The NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY screening at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (5th Ave at 42nd St., New York, NY) in the Celeste Auditorium (NB: this is different space from last year; this time it’s the downstairs theatre). Hosted by me and Newbery Honor winner Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground). 2:30 pm.

Saturday, April 6, 2019
The OAKLAND, CA screening at the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library (5366 College Ave, Oakland, CA). Hosted by me and author Marcus Ewert (Mummy Cat, 10,000 Dresses). 3:30 pm.

Sunday, April 7, 2019
The SAN FRANCISCO screening at the San Francisco Public Library main branch (100 Larkin Street) in the Koret Auditorium. Hosted by me and author Marcus Ewert (Mummy Cat, 10,000 Dresses). 2:00 pm.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
The BOSTON screening at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square (700 Boylston St, Boston, MA). Hosted by me and National Book Award winning author M.T. Anderson (Feed, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge). 2:30 pm.

These screenings are crazy fun. The co-host and I banter between the kid-made movies and even do a ridiculous song-and-dance skit at the beginning. There’s a reason we consistently have sold-out audiences of hundreds of folks for these screenings! Thanks so much to my co-hosts this year for being part of this madness.

(The 90-Second Newbery, if you didn’t know, is an annual video contest I founded in 2011 in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. Complete information about the 90-Second Newbery here.)

Want to bring the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival to your neck of the woods? Every year we expand into more cities, and I’d love to come to yours! Drop me a line at james@90secondnewbery.com.

(Want to ensure I can pull off this weird operation for another year? Please seriously consider donating to us here, through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. All donations are tax-deductible.)