Film Streams is Forever Young
July 10th, 2014
Omaha, NE — The new summer film series at Film Streams has something for kids of all ages.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/FilmStreamsForeverYoungWeb.mp3]
Starting this weekend, Film Streams will screen its first film in the Forever Young Summer Series. The series, comprised of six films, focuses on iconic and significant contributions to the art form that are accessible to children and families.
Film Streams Founder and Executive Director Rachel Jacobson says that this summerâ€™s film choices are one of a kind.
â€œThis quarter we’ve got some really exciting films,â€ Jacobson said. â€œWeâ€™re launching (the series) with one that weâ€™re going to play everyday because itâ€™s such a big event – A Hard Dayâ€™s Night.â€
A Hard Dayâ€™s Night, directed by Richard Lester in 1964, is the film described as the one that changed Rock and Roll and youth culture for good. It follows the Beatles in the month after crashing into Americaâ€™s home on the Ed Sullivan show. Janus Films has restored the film and is re-releasing it to the public.
â€œItâ€™s so amazing and so much fun to see them at this moment where theyâ€™re just breaking out and people are really freaking out over them,â€ she said. â€œThe music is really fantastic and itâ€™s a terrific film too. Janus Films is actually opening this up across the country. Itâ€™s opening in 50 different cities on Friday.â€
After A Hard Days Night finishes, the remaining five films will feature what Jacobson sees as very eclectic collection.
â€œThis series kind of goes all over the place!â€ she said. â€œSometimes weâ€™ll try to have a theme to it. This time, there were just so many opportunities to play all of these great films.â€
The second film, shown in late July, will be the animated Eleanorâ€™s Secret, a tale that takes audiences on an imaginative journey through childrenâ€™s literature through the eyes of a little boy who discovers an enchanted library.
â€œ(The film has) kind of a mix of fairy tale and a sort of Alice and Wonderland quality to it,â€ Jacobson said.
Next, in August is the John Hubley Centennial Tribute.
â€œJohn Hubley is this amazing animator,â€ she said. â€œNot many people know his name but he started at Disney and created some of the really important works. Pinocchio, I think Snow White was a little early for him, but he did Bambi. These are shorts that he did on his own for his own art. They are really interesting animated films. Really beautiful, really artfully done, really innovative.â€
Following up in August will be the Disney classic The Parent Trap starring Hayley Mills…and Hayley Mills. The film tells the story of a pair of teenage twins separated at birth that try to reunite their mom and dad.
September will see two Spanish language films presented as a part of their program Cinemateca, they are Anina and Nocturna. Anina follows two girls who learn to put their differences aside after a scuffle when they are given the same bizarre task: they must carry a sealed envelope that contains their punishment for a week without opening it.
Nocturna is the animated story of an orphan named Tim who finds comfort through the sight of his favorite star in the sky. When it disappears, wild night creatures help him find answers.
Jacobson said that each film has something unique and different to offer audience and she hopes everyone gets a chance to experience these great works of art.
â€œItâ€™s really about people who are celebrating the history of film, putting these films out that really have significance and are appropriate for the whole family and bringing them to Omaha,â€ she said.
Film Streamsâ€™ Forever Young Summer Series for Families and Children starts Friday July 4th and continues throughout the season until Late September.
For more information on the films and showtimes, visit www.filmstreams.org.
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