Rochester took the Big Apple by storm on March 22 at the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, held at the New York Public Library.
James Kennedy encourages reading and literacy by challenging kids to take any Newbery honors or award book and tell the entire story, via video, in 90-seconds. He is adamant that, no matter how sombre a book might be, it is hysterical when told in 90 seconds.
At the screenings that take place around the country, Kennedy, a wildly humorous Master of Ceremonies, is joined by a fellow author. Participating with him in the festivities this year was Libba Bray, author of such books as The Bovines, The Diviners, Beauty Queens and the Gemma Doyle Trilogy.
Of the films shown, five came from Rochester. Three of those were submissions through the RCTV/Writers & Books Youth Camp run this year by Joshua Bloodworth, Beth Lane and Rashida Washington, one was submitted by a group from Spencerport who call themselves The Crunchable Sheep and is overseen by RCTV’s Carol White Llewellyn and the last submission was from the Allendale Columbia School.
Rashida Washington, who attended the festival and captured the event on film mentioned that a reporter named Rocco Staino approached her to learn why so many of the submissions came from Rochester. He included a post about the RCTV/Writers & Books camp in his article for the School Library Journal.
She chuckles when she shares that attendees were joking that it’s so cold in Rochester, kids have nothing else to do but create submissions!
The photo is this post is of the kids from Rochester who attended the screening and was shot by Rashida Washington.
James did a final post, wrap-up and shout about the event in which he features excerpts of submissions from Rochester-based groups, as well as others.
Think your kids would be interested in taking a summer camp that combines literacy and media production? RCTV will again be holding two camps this coming summer, in conjunction with Writers & Books. Find out more about the programs by clicking the links below, and be sure to register early, because these camps generally sell out.