A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE JOINS NEWTOWN FILM FEST!
As our exciting inaugural program continues to unroll, we are delighted to bring you another inspiring piece- A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE.
Derived from the feature length film titled Kuma Hina, A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE demonstrates the true meaning of aloha. An engaging learning piece, its learning goals (as stated on their official website aplaceinthemiddle.org) are vast and important, such as: understanding the power that comes from one’s own culture and respecting the culture of others, the benefits of diversity to individuals, schools, and the broader community, the true meaning of aloha and its core concept of love, honor, and respect, not to mention many other points.
"The Newtown Programming team is honored to have A Place In the Middle as our opening short film!" says Cristin Carlin, Founder and Executive Director, Newtown Film Festival.
A PLACE IN THE MIDLE is the true-life story of a young Hawaiian girl who aspires to lead her school's all-male hula troupe and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her. She's fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it's like to be “in the middle” - the Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is what's in your heart.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, inspirational piece at the Newtown Film Fest. A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE will be screening at Edmond Town Hall Theatre on September 18, 6PM as the premiere film of the Opening Night Shorts program.
Make sure to spread the word, bring a group, and enjoy this fun and educational piece.
Please follow us on Twitter.com/NewtownFilmFest and Facebook.com/NewtownFilmFest for more information.
We are also currently on the lookout for local sponsors. If you are interested in being a part of this year’s amazing community festival, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food, media, and material sponsors are all welcome and appreciated!
NEWTOWN! WE WANT TO SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!
As part of our inaugural Newtown Film Fest, taking place Sept. 18-20 at Edmond Town Hall, we are inviting you, the amazing Newtown community to the theatre!
We are pleased to announce the 2015 festival will be completely FREE and open to the public!
Our goal is to bring inspiring, motivational, moving pieces to a community that invokes those very traits.
Please help us spread the word. This is a labor of love for film to all those involved and we want to bring a constant flow of guests enjoying the amazing selection we’ve compiled.
While you’re out and about enjoying the Newtown Arts Festival, please drop by Edmond Town Hall for a collection of shorts, docs, animation, and features that are sure to please the entire family. We are going to be occupying the theatre for the entire fall weekend.
Donations, however large or small, are greatly appreciated and can be made in person to one of the several Newtown Film Fest employees that will be at Edmond Town Hall, or online at www.newtownfilmfest.com and make sure to click the DONATE button at the bottom.
ACADEMY-AWARD NOMINATED ANIMATED FEATURE SONG OF THE SEA JOINS NEWTOWN FILM FEST FEATURE LINE-UP
This week marks the roll out of the Inaugural Newtown Film Fest 2015 program. Yesterday, we brought you the festival hit MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, which will be screening at NFF Saturday, 9/19. Today, we are very excited and honored to announce the spotlight animated feature SONG OF THE SEA.
"Song of the Sea is an enchanting, magical film that must be seen on the big screen to get the full experience!" says Rachel Olson, Director of Community Outreach/Sponsorship.
Distributed and brought to Newtown by New York based GKIDS, SONG OF THE SEA, directed by Tomm Moore, finds Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, embarking on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world. Traditionally animated, the breathtaking feature will bring both children and adult along for a thrilling ride. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature during the 87th Annual Academy Awards.
In this captivating animated adventure inspired by the ancient Irish legend of the selkies — magical beings who live as seals in the water and as humans on land — a young brother and sister must unlock the magical secrets of their ancestry in order to find their way home. This screening is co-hosted with Friends of Earl Bales. (TIFF)
SONG OF THE SEA will screen at Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, September 20 at 1PM.
Check out the official trailer HERE!
NEWTOWN FILM FEST BRINGS FESTIVAL HIT TO CONNECTICUT
Presenting a very special screening of MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
The Newtown Film Fest is thrilled to welcome the 2015 documentary hit on the need for educational reform in America, MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, to its inaugural 2015 program.
“Most Likely to Succeed reinvents how we define and approach education in America, it is a must see!" says Festival Programmer Priya Gupta.
MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, directed by Greg Whiteley, made its US Premiere at Sundance this past January to enthusiastic reviews. A documentary about education and curriculum reform in 21st century America, the film has been making its way across screens nationwide to spread the word that change is necessary.
Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America's new college graduates are unable to find employment. Director Greg Whiteley locates the source of the problem not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers and has changed little since, despite radical changes in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor. With a world of information available a click away, and the modern workplace valuing skills like collaboration and critical thinking, our rote-based system of learning has become outdated and ineffective. (Sundance)
MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED will screen at Edmond Town Hall, Newtown, CT on September 19, 7PM.
Check out the official trailer HERE!