James Kennedy and the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is returning to Rochester on March 25, 2018 for a screening at the George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre! RCTV, the George Eastman Museum, Writers & Books and KidsOutAndAbout.com partner on hosting this fun event because it celebrates traditional and media literacy by encouraging kids of all ages to read a Newbery Award or Honor book and turn it into a 90-second video, using any format and genre. The kids are also asked to add a “twist,” such as turning Charlotte’s Web into a horror film or turning The Girl Who Drank the Moon into an action-movie thriller. The results are often hysterical!
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids in your life over the Christmas break, this is a GREAT project!
And of course, one of the best ways to figure out how to do it is to watch videos that have been done before, and James Kennedy’s site is chock full of prior submissions.
So all your kids do is read the book, make the video, and submit it to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival no later than January 12, then wait to see if the film is selected to be shown at Rochester’s film festival screening at the Dryden Theatre on March 25 (and possibly beyond, because this film festival screens at multiple cities across the country).
James always invites another children’s author and the two provide funny entertainment. There’s no fee to submit, and the festival is free for filmmakers, friends and family, so it’s a great event for everyone of all ages to attend!