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The Boulder 2020-2021 90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Online Screening!

Hello, Colorado fans of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival! Usually we do our annual screenings of the best kid-made 90-Second Newbery movies live at libraries and theaters around the country. Our Colorado shows are always a highlight of the year, with big crowds at the Boulder Public Library. We obviously can’t do any live screenings this year . . .

So instead, we are doing online screenings! In 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 . . . all of them from Colorado! Thanks to the Boulder Office of Arts & Culture for making this possible.

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. Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George, 1973 Medal Winner) by Rachel and Brooke of the Lasinski Academy for Extraordinary Girls, Denver, CO

2. Esperanza Rising (Pam Munoz Ryan, did not win a Newbery) by Bridger, Celia, Edie, Harper, Nina, Sabrina, and Vivi of Boulder, CO

3. Frog and Toad Together (Arnold Lobel, 1973 Honor Book) by Vivian and Esme, Boulder, CO

4. The Giver (Lois Lowry, 1994 Medal Winner) by Madison, Natalie, and Hannah of University Middle School in Greeley, CO

5. The Giver (Lois Lowry, 1994 Medal Winner) by Blake, Will, Jettrik, Cayden of University Middle School in Greeley, CO

6. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman, 2009 Medal Winner) by Oscar and Jasper, Boulder, CO

7. Holes (Louis Sachar, 1999 Medal Winner) by Lena, Anna, and Matea of Boulder, CO


Thanks so much for your movies! See you next year—hopefully at our live screenings again!

Thanks to the Boulder Office of Arts & Culture for sponsoring this event and making it possible! Special thanks to Kerry Maiorca and Darsa Morrow as well.

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.