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

Hello, Tacoma 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 Tacoma shows are always a highlight of the year, with big crowds at the Rialto or the Blue Mouse or the Tacoma 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 in and around Tacoma! Thanks to the Tacoma Public Library 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. Rules (Cynthia Lord, 2007 Honor Book) by Clara of the Seabury School, Tacoma, WA

2. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White, 1953 Honor Book) by Lilyana of the Seabury School, Tacoma, WA

3. Doctor Desoto (William Steig, 1983 Honor Book) by Zilina and Zylan and Leona and Andrea, Tacoma, WA

4. Shiloh (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 1992 Medal Winner) by Caroline, Owen, Milo, Lev, and Lefty of the Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma, WA

5. Flora and Ulysses (Kate DiCamillo, 2014 Medal Winner) by Pearl, Abbie, and Madison of Summit Trail Middle School, Maple Valley, WA

6. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices (Paul Fleischman, 1989 Medal Winner) by Seth, Nora, Violet, Keegan, Oliver, Landon, Amara, Jamison, Joella, Margo, and Maizy, and Myles of the Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma, WA

7. El Deafo (Cece Bell, 2015 Honor Book) by Emmerson and Lucy of Summit Trail Middle School, Maple Valley, WA

8. My Father’s Dragon (Ruth S. Gannett, 1949 Honor Book) by Kaelyn of Seabury School, Tacoma, WA

9. My Father’s Dragon (Ruth S. Gannett, 1949 Honor Book) by Madi of Summit Trail Middle School, Maple Valley, WA

10. Hatchet (Gary Paulsen, 1988 Honor Book) by Stella of Summit Trail Middle School, Maple Valley, WA

11. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Beverly Cleary, 1982 Honor Book) by Abigail, Tacoma, WA

12. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Beverly Cleary, 1982 Honor Book) by Autumn of Seabury School, Tacoma, WA

13. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle, 1963 Medal Winner) by Tessa, Charlotte, Slayton, and Kyle of Summit Trail Middle School, Maple Valley, WA

14. The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Kelly Barnhill, 2017 Medal Winner) by Violet of the Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma, WA

15. Frog and Toad Together (Arnold Lobel, 1973 Honor Book) by Caeleb, Tracy, Cameron, and James of Mr. Johnson’s Fifth Grade class at the Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma, WA


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

And thank you to the Tacoma Public Library for sponsoring this event and making it possible.

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.