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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

April 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Public Library of Brookline, Brookline Village 361 Washington Street Brookline, MA 02445 United States


The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual celebration of kids’ creativity in which young filmmakers create short movies telling the entire stories of Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor books in roughly 90 seconds. The film festival, now in its sixth year, was founded by children’s author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and screens every year to packed houses at libraries and theaters in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and other cities.

This year James Kennedy will hold the first-ever Boston-area screening with co-host M.T. Anderson (Feed, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing). The films shown will be those submitted from Boston and around the country.

The challenge for kids is to compress the entire plot of a book in under two minutes, often with a transformative twist that results in something weird and wonderful. Past entries include Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona and Her Father” reinterpreted as a James Bond movie and E. B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” imagined as a horror movie. Filmmakers may adapt any Newbery Medal– or Honor–winning book.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural  Council, a state agency and by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.

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The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival


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