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SHORT TAKES - Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Our Film Recs this week are meant to amplify Black voices and examine systemic racism, and provide FREE resources to help you discuss these issues with the children in your lives.

Black Barbie

Recommended ages: 9+

Ghana
Animation, Comfort Arthur, 2016, 4 min.


WHERE TO WATCH

This artful animation poetically explores the filmmaker’s challenges with societal expectations and self-acceptance growing up.

Watch: Black Barbie, featured in NYICFF 2018, is available to stream for free through June 7th as part of the We Are One film festival on YouTube.
Learn more: Hear directly from the filmmaker in this interview about what inspired her and the impact of her film Black Barbie.

LONG TAKES - Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Our Film Recs this week are meant to amplify Black voices and examine systemic racism, and provide FREE resources to help you discuss these issues with the children in your lives.

Just Mercy

Recommended ages: 13+


Live Action, Destin Daniel Cretton, 2019, 76 min.


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WHERE TO WATCH

Based on civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, this true-to-life film powerfully addresses systemic racism with Michael B. Jordan in the lead performance.

Watch: Just Mercy is available to rent or stream for free during the month of June through a variety of services including Apple TV, FandangoNow, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Redbox, the PlayStation Store, Vudu, Microsoft, and YouTube.
Learn More: Learn about the real Bryan Stevenson, the goals of his organization Equal Justice Initiative, and the book that inspired the film here: https://justmercy.eji.org/

SHORT TAKES - Thursday, May 28th, 2020

If you’ve been sitting around your house, staring at the ceiling wondering how lightbulbs are made, this brilliant short, Luminaris will surely illuminate you!

Luminaris holds the Guinness world record for short film with the most festival awards – so you won’t want to miss it!

Luminaris

Recommended ages: All Ages

Argentina
Animation, Juan Pablo Zaramella, 2010, 7 min.


WHERE TO WATCH

In a world controlled and timed by light, one man has a plan that could change destiny.

Talking Points:
– We’ve shared some other films in our newsletter that utilize stop motion animation. Luminaris is made with a kind of stop motion animation called PIXILATION. Pixilation is stop motion that uses humans instead of puppets! How do you think a film like this is made?
– Pick a scene and think about how the fimmaker animated it. What do you think may have been challenging? What creative problem solving did the filmmaker use?
Get Creative: TED-Ed made a great video explaining how pixilation works! Check it out here and then make your own pixilation film! The video is made by three NYICFF alumni so you know it’s going to be good!
Plus! Read an interview with the filmmaker here!