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USA Film Festival Unveils 2016 KidFilm Lineup, Schedule

Actor Taye Diggs, singer Lisa Loeb, and several children's authors will make apperances.
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The 32nd KidFilm Festival, the free family-friendly offshoot of Dallas’ USA Film Festival, will feature appearances from actor Taye Diggs, singer Lisa Loeb, and children’s author Katherine Paterson.

Movies screening at the festival, which runs Jan. 23 and 24 at Dallas’ Angelika Film Center, include an early look at likely blockbuster Kung Fu Panda 3, a French live-action production of Beauty and the Beast, and The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, an animated Korean feature that’s won us over just on the basis of its title. The biggest draw may be an event with Kate and Jim McMullan, the wife-husband, author-illustrator team behind picture books such as I’m Brave!, I’m Big!, I’m Bad!, I’m Dirty!, and I Stink!

Peruse the full schedule over here. Tickets for each show are free and will be available at the Angelika the day of.

The press release is copied below (We put the interesting stuff in bold):

DALLAS – The USA Film Festival announces the schedule of events
32nd annual KidFilm® Festival taking place Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. All programs will be presented FREE to the community.

KidFilm is the oldest and largest-attended children’s film festival in the United States, featuring an entertaining, educational, and diverse line-up of new and classic films for both children and adults. KidFilm is an annual outreach program of the USA Film Festival/Dallas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts.

Honorary Co-Chairs for KidFilm are USA Film Festival Board of Directors members Belinda Dabliz, Laura Williamson, Kristin Schor and Yvette Ostolaza. “We are so pleased to be able to offer this year’s program as a free admission event thanks to support from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and from the Festival’s Sponsors,” said Schor.

This year, the Festival pays tribute to favorite children’s book authors, celebrates diversity, the power of music and rhyming, classic fairy tales, magical journeys, and salutes environmental activism with a program featuring live action and animation, short films and feature-length works for audiences of any age.

Highlights of this year’s program include:

MEET THE MCMULLANS! — A Tribute to author Kate McMullan and illustrator Jim McMullan. The program will include screenings of several of the McMullan’s books adapted for the screen including I’m Dirty!, I Stink!, I’m Fast! and I’m Brave! followed by a reading with the audience of their new book, “I’m Cool!” FREE copies of “I’m Cool!” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last). After the on-screen program, the McMullans will sign books for the audience.

READ-ALONG WITH TAYE DIGGS AND SHANE EVANS! — A Tribute to actor/author Taye Diggs and illustrator Shane Evans. The program will include a “Read-Along” presentation of Digg’s new book, “Mixed Me!” with illustrations by Evans. FREE copies of “Mixed Me!” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last). Following the reading, Diggs and Evans will sign books for the audience.

SING-ALONG WITH LISA LOEB! — A Tribute to singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb with a “Sing-Along” performance by Loeb featuring past favorites from her children’s releases and selections from her new CD of classic nursery rhymes, “Nursery Rhyme Parade!” FREE copies of “Nursery Rhyme Parade!” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last). After the program Lisa will sign mini posters for all kids.

MEET KATHERINE PATERSON! — A Tribute to author Katherine Paterson, award-winning author of contemporary classic young adult novels “Bridge to Terabithia” and “The Great Gilly Hopkins.” The KidFilm program will include a sneak preview of the new live-action feature film The Great Gilly Hopkins, starring Julia Stiles, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Billy Magnussen, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs and Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief) as Gilly Hopkins. An on-stage Q&A with Katherine Paterson and David Paterson (screenwriter) will follow the screening.

New animated feature films to be presented include the much-anticipated Kung Fu Panda 3 in 3D, the adventurous heroic tale Albert: Up, Up, and Away! (Denmark), and the hilariously surreal anime Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (South Korea).

A new live-action feature film presentation of the lavish French production of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast starring Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel and André Dussollier.

for the

32nd Annual KidFilm Presented by the USA Film Festival/Dallas

USA FILM FESTIVAL 6116 N. CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY

SUITE 105
DALLAS, TEXAS 75206 214-821-6300 FAX-821-6364 INFO-821-FILM [email protected] WWW.USAFILMFESTIVAL.COM

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FILM FESTIVAL

The USA Film Festival announces SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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A live puppet presentation will be conducted by filmmaker and puppeteer (and SMU grad)

Sarah Nolen following a screening of her new short live-action film Treeples.

Short film presentations of beloved children books adapted for the screen including A House for Hermit Crab, The Tiny Seed (Eric Carle), Peanut Butter and Jellyfish (Jarrett J. Krosczka), Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, That is Not a Good Idea! (Mo Willems), and Scaredy Squirrel at Night (Mélanie Watt). The program will be presented by Weston Woods Studios producer Melissa Reilly Ellard. Whole Foods Market Veggie Characters will also be in attendance and will distribute Whole Foods Market Healthy Snack Packs to all children.

Short film presentations of new animated works and live-action films from around the world. [Editor’s Note: Please see attached KidFilm flyer for full schedule of programs.]

A full schedule of KidFilm programs may be viewed on the USA Film Festival’s website at www.usafilmfestival.com Printed KidFilm flyers may also be picked up at the Angelika Film Center Dallas beginning January 13th.

Ticket & Location Information:

Tickets for all shows are FREE for children & adults!

Programs are free but you must have a ticket for admission; Tickets and seating are limited.

Tickets for all shows are available day of show only, beginning one hour before each showtime.

For additional information, please call the USA Film Festival at 214-821-FILM (3456) or visit www.usafilmfestival.com

During KidFilm, please inquire in person at the KidFilm Information Desk at the Angelika Film Center.

All programs will take place at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. KidFilm is a program of the USA Film Festival/Dallas.

Sponsors

KidFilm programs for the public and the Dallas Independent School District are made possible at no admission cost thanks to special support from Sponsors — Carol and Alan J. Bernon Family Charitable Trust, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Sidley Austin LLP, Whole Foods Market, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Mary Fox, HBO, Gaedeke Group, HeadingtonCompanies, Dallas Film Commission, Suddenlink Communications, Jackson Walker, L.L.P., B2B Wireless and the Angelika Film Center.

The USA Film Festival is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Dedication

The 2016 KidFilm program is dedicated to Jeff Phillips, long-time Board member for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas has been a partner and sponsor of KidFilm for nearly three decades, and Jeff helmed the Board when that relationship first began. Jeff was instrumental in organizing the first Ronald McDonald House in Dallas, and throughout his 42-year career with McDonalds, he was a passionate advocate for improving the health and well-being of children. Following a long battle with cancer, Jeff passed away in 2015 at 70 years of age, but his tremendous influence and legacy endures. The USA Film Festival and KidFilm proudly salute our inspirational friend Jeff Phillips.

32nd Annual KidFilm Presented by the USA Film Festival/Dallas

USA FILM FESTIVAL 6116 N. CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY

SUITE 105
DALLAS, TEXAS 75206 214-821-6300 FAX-821-6364 INFO-821-FILM [email protected] WWW.USAFILMFESTIVAL.COM

USA

FILM FESTIVAL

The USA Film Festival announces SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
32nd Annual KidFilm® Festival

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About KidFilm® DISD Outreach Programs

In addition to the KidFilm public weekend, special outreach programs are presented for thousands of Dallas Independent School District students (grades K–5) and educators. Students attend programs selected especially for them. Many of the films presented are book-based and designed to be curriculum-interactive including relevant topics and issues (cultural awareness, compassion, history, math, geography, the importance of education and reading, etc.)

About the USA Film Festival

Now celebrating its 46th year, the USA Film Festival is a Dallas-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in the film and video arts. The Festival’s year-round programs and events include KidFilm, special monthly programs and premieres, TexFest, and the USA Film Festival held each spring. The USA Film Festival is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. More information about the Festival is available online at www.usafilmfestival.com.

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