Children’s film festival unveils February lineup

Published 3:31 pm Friday, December 30, 2011

The Coastline Children’s Film Festival in partnership with Brookview School is unveiling the lineup of its second annual international children’s film festival for Southwest Michigan.

This one-of-a-kind family event will offer more than 50 films shown in various locations in Berrien County Feb. 3-12.

Films feature comedy, adventure, love, music, dancing, lots of happy endings and a few sad ones.

The lineup includes the  best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

More than 1,000 children are anticipated to view the films, which include “What’s on your Plate,” a documntary about kids and food politics; “Louder Than a Bomb,” a film chronicling a kids’ poetry slam in Chicago; “One Lucky Elephant,”  a 1,000-pound love story about a circus elephant’s retirement; the 1953 Cannes Film Festival winner, “White Mane; Eleanor’s Secret,” an animated film about the magic of learning to read; and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts recorded nearly 50 years ago.

Films are offered free with a $1 donation suggested.

Films will be screened in St. Joseph at the Box Factory for the Arts and the Krasl Art Center; in Benton Harbor at the Anna Russo Sieber Gallery and the Citadel Dance and Music Center in Three Oaks at The Acorn Theater and at the New Buffalo Performing Arts Center at the New Buffalo Middle School/High School.

The New Buffalo Fine Arts Council is co-sponsoring the screenings in New Buffalo.

A three-day workshop for kids ages 11 to 16 is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9, and a two-day workshop for children ages 6 to 10 will be held noon to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11.

Both workshops will be held at the Anna Russo Sieber Gallery in Benton Harbor.  Call (269) 208-4409 to register.

Workshops include storyboarding and more.