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5 Picks for This Weekend’s KidFilm Festival

Jang Hyung-yun's tale of a cow, a girl and an enchanted roll of toilet paper is just one of the great kid's films screening this weekend at the Angelika Film Center.
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This weekend the 32nd annual KidFilm Festival takes over the Angelika Film Center. Presented by the USA Film Festival, KidFilm always offers an intriguing mix of children’s films and author-centric events, and this year’s installment is no different. For the full schedule, go here. Here are five events you will want to catch:

Books on the Big Screen! (Saturday, Jan. 23 – 12:30 p.m.)

Books by some of the most beloved children’s authors, including Eric Carle, Mo Willems, Melanie Watt, and Jarrett J. Krosczka come alive on the big screen.

Sing-Along with Lisa Loeb (Saturday, Jan. 23 – 1:30 p.m.)

Saturday at KidFest is chock-full of author appearances, as well as a performance by singer-songwriter (and Hockaday grad) Lisa Loeb. Loeb, who has recorded an album of children’s singalong and authored a children’s book will lead kids throught the songs on her new nursery rhyme album, Nursery Rhyme Parade!

Albert: Up, Up, and Away! (Sunday, Jan. 24 – 12:30 p.m.)

The American diet of animated features is largely dominated by Pixar, Universal, and other Hollywood production companies. Which is why it is refreshing to have a chance to catch a movie from a country famous for children’s stories, but less known for its children’s films, Denmark. Karsten Kiilerich directs a film based on a children’s book by Ole Lund Kirkegaard about a mischievous little boy who dreams of piloting a hot air balloon with his best friend, an aspiring pirate.

Treeples (Sunday, Jan 24 – 2:30 p.m.)

In Sarah Nolen’s short film Treeples, a young girl named Lana travels into a magical world of forest creatures to do battle with woods monsters. The film offers an allegory intended to help young women find courage to face their greatest fears, and it is told both with live actors and puppets. Nolen, who is a Southern Methodist University graduate, will be on hand to perform a puppet demonstration after the 21 minute film.

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (Sunday, Jan. 24 – 4 p.m.)

Jang Hyung-yun’s debut feature may look like Japanese anime, but it is actually the latest animated movie to come out of South Korea’s increasingly vibrant animation scene. The surrealistic film follows the tale of a cow, a girl and an enchanted roll of toilet paper along a wild, whimsical, and magical story of friendship.

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