KidsBestFest is a FREE children’s film festival that takes place at the iconic movie house, The Academy of Music Theatre. The week-long film event also includes YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers. Come join us to watch these great films together for FREE at THE historic theater in Downtown Northampton during school vacation week.
- When: Monday February 20 – Friday February 24, 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors 1:00PM
- Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
- How Much: FREE – DONATIONS ENCOURAGED, Seating limited to 400, Online Tickets Not Available
MONDAY FEBRUARY 20, 1:30 PM – EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016)
DIRECTED BY OTTO BELL
87 MINUTES, RATED G
TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfi5JS6HTH0
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.
“”The Eagle Huntress” is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world.”
– Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 1:30 PM – THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)
DIRECTED BY RON CLEMENTS & JOHN MUSKER
83 MINUTES, RATED G
A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.
Won Two Oscars
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22 – TRASH DANCE (2012)
DIRECTED BY ANDREW GARRISON
65 MINUTES, RATED NR
Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks — and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23 – A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY (2015)
DIRECTED BY DANIEL JUNGE & KIEF DAVIDSON
95 MINUTES, RATED G
Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 – YOUTHFILM 2017
SCHEDULE – TBA
YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers.
- KidsBestFest-YouthFilm are produced by the Northampton Arts Council
- KidsBestBest-YouthFilm ‘17 is co-presented by the Academy of Music Theatre
- Portions of the proceeds for all shows benefit the 2017 ArtsEZ Grant Round administered by the Northampton Arts Council
- Series Sponsors: Gravity Switch, Lathrop Communities, Off The Map Tattoo
- Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, WRSI – 93.9 The River, New England Public Radio, WGBY Public Television, Northampton Community Television, WMUA 91.1 FM, MassLive.com / The Republican, The Valley Advocate / Preview Massachusetts
- Organizational Support by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the City of Northampton