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Lubeznik Center participates in Coastline festival

Published 9:00am Saturday, January 19, 2013

MICHIGAN CITY – Lubeznik Center for the Arts will be hosting films for the third annual Coastline Children’s Film Festival. Featured films include “Girls Rock” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9  and a selection of short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival at 3 p.m. Feb. 10.
“Seeing a movie can be like a visit to a wonder-filled land we may never come across in our everyday lives,” said Leslie Sullivan, coordinator of the annual festival, which began in Berrrien County and is now expanding into Indiana.
“Building off the success of the film screening this past fall, Lubeznik Center for the Arts is excited to present such an eclectic lineup of films to our patrons as part of the film festival,” said Carolyn Saxton, executive director.
“Girls Rock” highlights the experiences of campers, aged 8 through 18, at the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for girls. Campers at Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp have one week to select a band, choose an instrument they have never played before and write a song to perform in front of more than 700 people.
The selection of short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival is divided into two programs, Best of NYICFF: Kids Flix Mix 2012-13, beginning at 3 p.m. and recommended for children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old, and Best of NYICFF: Party Mix 2012-13, beginning at 4 p.m. and recommended for children 8 to18 years old.
Best of NYICFF Kids Flix Mix 2012-13 will feature the following short films: “B/W Races” (Italy), “Balloon Moon” (Portugal), “Behind” (Canada), “Diversity” (USA), “Ernesto” (UK), “The Gruffalo’s Child” (UK), “Gulp” (UK), “Keenan at Sea” (USA), “Metro” (USA), “Twist & Shout” (Japan) and “Who Is Not Sleeping?” (Sweden). Film themes range from two puppets’ travels to Abbey Road to shoot a video for their ukulele cover version of “Twist and Shout” (“Twist & Shout”) to a child’s search for “the Big Bad Mouse” (“The Gruffalo’s Child”). All films are presented in English or music only.
Best of NYICFF: Party Mix 2012-13 will feature, “The Dancer” (USA), “Dawn” (Canada), “Dripped” (France), “Extinction of the Sabertooth House Cat “(USA), “The Girl and the Fox” (USA), “Hello, I Like You” (USA), “Luminaris” (Argentina), “The Maker” (Australia), “Maximum Boost” (Switzerland) and “The Storyteller” (India/UK). Themes include a trucker’s reflection on life (“Dawn”) and a girl’s life-and-death encounter with a snow fox (“The Girl and the Fox”).
For more information regarding the film selection from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, visit  www.gkids.com. All films are presented in English or with English subtitles.

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