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SHORT TAKES - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020


Recommended ages: 8+

United States, In English
Animation, Julie Zammarchi, 2016, 3 min.


Talking Points
– What adjectives would you use to describe Wendell Scott?
– What are the challenges that Wendell Scott faced in his racing career?
– The narrator of the story is Wendell Scott’s son, Frank, who was interviewed for this film. What do you think the interviewers would ask Mr. Scott if he were still alive today? What would you want to ask him?
Get Creative: Interview someone in your life. Ask them to talk about someone they admire.
Plus! This film is based on an interview conducted by Story Corp. Find more films from Story Corp on Vimeo here! Age recommendations are varied.

LONG TAKES - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

We’re gearing up for the 4th of July holiday, and we know you’ve already heard lots about this highly anticipated release, but… may we suggest a little historical perspective and a whole lot of genius entertainment with the debut of Hamilton? It launches this Friday, July 3rd so you can start your weekend plans strong!


Recommended ages: 13+

USA, In English
Live Action, Thomas Kail, 2020, 160 min.



PG13, Available to stream July 3rd on Disney+

The much-anticipated filmed version of the original Broadway production about America’s founding fathers. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and stars in the hip-hop-inspired musical.

SHORT TAKES - Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

This week we’re sharing a longtime NYICFF favorite, Lilou, by Iraqi-Lebanese director and Animators All Around alum Rawan Rahim.
A tale of empathy and kindness, Lilou is guaranteed to warm your heart.


Recommended ages: 8+

France, Lebanon
Animation, Rawan Rahim, 2015, 8 min.


Talking Points
  • How has Lilou changed by the end of the film?
  • Even though the characters don’t speak, how were you able to understand what they were feeling or thinking?
  • We often suggest watching a film more than once. Watch Lilou again but this time pay extra attention to the music. How does it change as the story goes on?
Get Creative: Does Lilou’s experience with the man at the cafe remind you of anything you have experienced? Think about someone you’ve encountered and write them a letter (you don’t have to send it). Explain how you felt, what thoughts you had and what questions you might ask if you could talk to them.
Plus! For a peek behind the scenes, check out this interview with the filmmaker, where she explains her inspiration for the film, and then see some of the character designs here.