Milwaukee Film Fest announces Rated K: For Kids line-up
The Milwaukee Film Festival has announced its Rated K: For Kids line-up for this year. This programming was formerly known as the Milwaukee Children's Film Festival.
The line-up offers four feature-length children's movies (including a special 25th anniversary showing of the classic "The Land Before Time") and three separate short film showcases.
The Milwaukee Film Festival takes place Sept. 26 through Oct. 10, 2013.
"The Land Before Time"
(USA, Ireland / 1988 / Director: Don Bluth)
The plucky young Apatosaurus Littlefoot must find the life-supporting, plant-filled Great Valley after his homeland is destroyed by an earthquake and a frightening battle that leaves him orphaned. Along the way he's joined by fellow dino-kids Cera, Petrie, Ducky and Spike, and these decidedly different species of dinosaurs learn the value of teamwork and diversity as they brave the dangerous journey toward a new beginning. This 35 mm screening provides the perfect chance for 20- to 30-somethings to revisit a childhood favorite (celebrating its 25th anniversary!) or to introduce its handmade charms (Don Bluth's superb animation) to an entirely new generation.
(Netherlands, Belgium / 2011 / Director: Nicole van Kilsdonk)
When Kiek, a spunky and fearless young lady often found astride her skateboard, learns her father is being sent to a war zone to deliver medical aid, she can't help but worry. Sure, he's not actually fighting in the war itself, but accidents happen, and Kiek feels she has to take measures in order to ensure his safety. Immersed in the logic of a child coping with the effects of war on her family, Taking Chances includes tense scenes surrounding potential deaths of a mouse and a family dog (much of which is done through cheeky animation), but it is perfect viewing for older, imaginative kids. Subtitles will not be read aloud.
(Japan / 2012 / Director: Mamoru Hosoda)
The latest flight of fancy from Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars), this English-dubbed anime tells the tale of Hana, a woman who falls in love and forms a unique family with a man able to shape-shift between man and wolf. Tragedy leads Hana to take her children to the Japanese countryside, all the better for two kids who frequently transform into woodland creatures. A lyrical, gentle tale of children learning to fit in despite their differences (even if theirs are furrier than most!), Hosoda's tale of family ties is imbued with a natural wonder and sense of the fantastic impossible to resist.
(France / 2012 / Directors: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie)
Young Maki has escaped the grasp of evil slave-traders when he forms an unbreakable bond with the orphaned giraffe Zarafa. He's swept up in a globe-trotting adventure in order to bring his beloved giraffe back home, meeting a female pirate and hot-air balloonist along the way. Based on the true story of the Paris Zoo's first giraffe, Zarafa is a tale of bravery and loyalty that doesn't shy away from engaging with dramatic historical issues such as racism and colonialism but whose positive message and sweet conclusion (not to mention gorgeous 2-D animation) will satisfy both adventurous and sensitive young viewers. Subtitles will be read aloud.
Kids Shorts: Size Small (ages 3 and up)
"Aston's Presents" (Sweden / 2012 / Directors: Uzi Geffenblad, Lotta Geffenblad)
"Choir Tour" (Latvia / 2012 / Director: Edmunds Jansons)
"Chopin's Drawings" (USA / 2011 / Director: Dorota Kobiela)
"Eskimal" (Mexico / 2011 / Director: Homero Ramirez Tena)
"How Shammies Guessed" (Latvia / 2012 / Director: Edmunds Jansons)
"Kitten's First Full Moon" (USA / 2011 / Director: Gary McGivney)
"Knuffle Bunny Free" (USA / 2012 / Director: Karen Villarreal)
"The Little Bird and the Leaf" (Switzerland / 2012 / Director: Lena Von Döhren)
"Mira's Night" (USA / 2011 / Director: Elyse Kelly)
"A Tangled Tale" (USA / 2013 / Director: Corrie Francis Parks)
Kids Shorts: Size Medium (ages 6 and up)
"Big Mouth" (Canada / 2012 / Director: Andrea Dorfman)
"Boris the Rat Dresses Warmly" (Finland / 2012 / Directors: Kaisa Penttilä, Leena Jääskeläinen)
"Chinti" (Russia / 2012 / Director: Natalia Mirzoyan)
"Colosse - A Wood Tale" (USA / 2012 / Director: Yves Geleyn)
"The Fox and the Chickadee" (Canada / 2012 / Director: Evan Derushie)
"Frog Weather" (Germany / 2011 / Director: Pauline Kortmann)
"Jonah and the Crab" (USA / 2012 / Director: Laurel Cohen)
"My First Spellbook" (Scotland / 2011 / Director: Gavin Laing)
"Paulie" (USA / 2012 / Director: Andrew Nackman)
"Shame and Glasses" (Italy / 2013 / Director: Alessandro Riconda)
"Wing" (Denmark / 2011 / Directors: Asger Grevil, Mette Vestergaard Madsen)
Kids Shorts: Size Large (ages 10 and up)
"Bot" (USA / 2010 / Director: Mustafa Lazkani)
"Eyes on the Stars" (USA / 2012 / Director: The Rauch Brothers)
"A Girl Named Elastika" (Canada / 2012 / Director: Guillaume Blanchet)
"High Noon" (Venezuela / 2013 / Director: Ivan Mazza)
"I'm Going to Mum's" (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Lauren Jackson)
"Krake" (Germany / 2012 / Director: Regina Welker)
"The Maiden and the Princess" (USA / 2011 / Director: Ali Scher)
"Monster, Me" (USA / 2013 / Director: Milt Klingensmith)
"Song of the Spindle" (USA / 2011 / Director: Drew Christie)
"Sounds for Mazin" (Netherlands / 2012 / Director: Ingrid Kamerling)
"Turning a Corner" (USA / 2012 / Director: David B. Levy)
For more information, visit mkefilm.org.
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