Festival offers 10 days of children’s films

Published 7:34 am Friday, February 1, 2013

The third annual Coastline Children’s Film Festival, from Feb. 1-10, offers 10 days of award-winning features, documentaries and shorts at 10 screening locations along with hands-on workshops. Here is a list of some of the documentary films playing this week. Also look for featured films, classic silent films and fun party mixes full of shorts.

“Circus Dreams”
Ages 8 and older
“Circus Dreams” documents a year in the life of Circus Smirkus, one of the best traveling youth circuses in the world. The film immerses viewers into the lives of the 12- to 18-year-old performers, capturing their intense worth ethic, passion for performance, deep friendships and budding loves.
n 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at New Buffalo Performing Arts Center
n 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at Citadel Dance & Music Center

“Girls Rock”
Ages 8 and older
At Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from 8 to 18 are taught that it’s OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that “it is 100 percent OK to be exactly who you are.” The girls have a week to select a band, an instrument they may have never played before, and write a song. In between, indie rock chicks teach them various lessons of empowerment from self-defense to anger management. All the band perform a concert for more than 700 people.
n 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at Box Factory for the Arts

“Man on a Mission”
All ages
Firmly ensconced in the geeky pantheon of computer legends since high school, Richard Garriott can afford to pursue his dreams — even wildly improbable ones. Richly funny and invigorating, “Man on a Mission” tags along with Richard on his years-long quest to be the second Garriott into space. And maybe come back.
n 1:15 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Loma Theatre

“Most Valuable Players”
Ages 10 and older
This film follows three high school theater troupes and their creative journeys to the Freddy Awards, a live, televised event modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards that recognizes excellence in high school musical theater.
n 9 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Citadel Dance & Music Center