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The Assorted Cities 2021 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Online Screening!

Hello, fans of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Usually, we do our screenings live at libraries and theaters in fourteen cities around the country. Obviously, we can’t do live screenings this year . . .

So instead, we are doing online screenings! And I figured that this year, since all of our screenings are virtual anyway, we have an opportunity to recognize the great moviemakers who don’t live near any of our usual screening cities.

In the video above, join film festival founder James Kennedy (author of the YA fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish and the upcoming adult speculative thriller Dare To Know—go ahead, pre-order it!) and Keir Graff (author of The Tiny Mansion and many other great kids’ books) as we watch the best kid-made 90-Second Newbery videos . . . from Tennessee, Michigan, Alabama, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Utah, Maryland, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri!

We even open up the show with a brief skit that investigates the MYSTERIOUS FATES of previous participants in the 90-Second Newbery over the past ten years. And there’s singing! (Special thanks to guest star Freya Trefonides.)

Want to learn more about the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival? Check out our official website at www.90secondnewbery.com. The deadline for submitting movies for next year is January 14, 2022.

Thank you to all the young filmmakers for their fantastic movies, and the families, teachers, and librarians who assisted them! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the video above.

Here’s the program order:

1. Hatchet (Gary Paulsen, 1988 Honor Book) by James Nelson of Gladeville Middle School, TN

2. The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin, 1979 Medal Winner) by Aurelia Calabrese of Novi, MI

3. Holes (Louis Sachar, 1999 Medal Winner) by Nils, Lizzy, JD, Sam, Avery, Natalie, and Roland of Spring Valley School, Birmingham, AL

4. Roller Girl (Victoria Jamieson, 2016 Honor Book) by Zoe Hutchinson, Ankeny, IA

5. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Avi, 1991 Honor Book) by Sophia M. and Camila W. of St. Mary Magdalen, Altamonte Springs, FL

6. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle, 1963 Medal Winner) by 4th graders of Covid Academy of Atlanta, GA

7. The Tale of Despereaux (Kate DiCamillo, 2004 Medal Winner) by Laurel and Frances

8. The Giver (Lois Lowry, 1994 Medal Winner) by Vera Wilson of JSTEM Academy, Converse, TX

9. Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson, 1978 Medal Winner) by Mary, Brynlee, Everett, Zane, and Audrey of Orem Elementary, Orem, UT

10. El Deafo (Cece Bell, 2015 Honor Book) by Harriet of Baltimore, MD

11. The Girl Who Drank The Moon (Kelly Barnhill, 2017 Medal Winner) by Emaline, Angelo, Evy, Griffin, Aurora, Mason, Callan, Ellie, Maya, and Tess of Odyssey Community School, Asheville, NC

12. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman, 2009 Medal Winner) by Jackson Nettleingham and Justin Navarro of NetNav Productions, San Antonio, TX

13. Splendors and Glooms (Laura Amy Schlitz, 2013 Honor Book) by Lucy B., Mary R., Zoey D., Emmy M., and Mateo K. of The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

14. Last Stop On Market Street (Matt de la Pena, 2016 Medal Winner) by Kindergarten Class of Primrose School of Prior Lake and Savage, Savage, MN

15. Hatchet (Gary Paulsen, 1988 Honor Book) by Chase and Mikhail of Drummond Elementary, St. Ann, MO


Thanks so much for your movies! I hope you make movies for next year, too.

James Kennedy is the author of the YA fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish and the upcoming adult speculative thriller Dare To Know. He is the founder and curator of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. You can find him on the web at http://www.jameskennedy.com and on Twitter at @iamjameskennedy.
Keir Graff is the author of funny and fantastical middle-grade adventure novels including The Tiny Mansion, The Phantom Tower (named a Best Children’s Book by the Chicago Tribune), and The Matchstick Castle (an official Illinois Reads selection). He also writes books for grown-ups—some of them under fake names! A longtime resident of Chicago, he lives near the shore of Lake Michigan with his wife Marya, sons Felix and Cosmo, and cats Toothless and Totoro. Follow him on Twitter at @KeirGraff and find out more at www.keirgraff.com.

Do you want to support the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, so we can keep this crazy show going every year, coast to coast? Please make a tax-deductible donation to the 90-Second Newbery here so we can keep bringing this program to everyone across the country for yet another ten years! The 90-Second Newbery is under the nonprofit fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas.