Belmont World Film's Family Festival Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Weston Woods Studios
Presented by Belmont World Film
November 23 - November 24, 2013
Belmont World Film’s Family Festival celebrates the 60th anniversary of Weston Woods Studios, a pioneer in producing award-winning films for children based on best-loved children’s books, from November 23-24, at the Studio Cinema (376 Trapelo Road, Belmont). Saturday, November 23rd features classic and new films from the Weston Woods library, cake, and a talk and book signing by renowned father-daughter team of Rebecca and Ed Emberley, the authors and illustrators of such children’s books as Chicken Little and The Red Hen. The celebration continues Sunday, November 24, with another full day of film programs, plus free cake and live entertainment at noon. Events take place in Belmont at the Studio Cinema (376 Trapelo Road).
Belmont World Film’s special guests include Caldecott Award winner Ed Emberley (Drummer Hoff) and his daughter Rebecca Emberley, who have more than 80 children’s books between them. They recently collaborated on a number of boldly graphic picture books for children, several of which have been adapted for the screen by Weston Woods and will be shown during the celebration.
Founded as an educational production studio in 1953 by Morton Shindel, Weston Woods has since produced hundreds of films based on books by some of this country’s most well-known and influential children’s book authors and illustrators, such as Maurice Sendak, Lois Lowry, Robert McCloskey, Kevin Henkes and Mo Willems. The visionary Shindel demonstrated that faithful picture book adaptations succeeded in whetting children’s appetites for turning and returning to the books on which they are based, helping children develop a lifelong love of reading and literature.
The schedule of events includes:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
10:30-11:30 AM—What’s New from Scholastic/Weston Woods Studios I
A collection of new animated films from best-loved children’s books, including the New England premieres of Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip and Erin Stead; Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins, Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld, Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator by Mo Willems, and The Ant and the Grasshopper by Rebecca and Ed Emberley.
12:00-1:00 PM—Mo Willems Retrospective
Animated film fun from the ever-popular author and illustrator Mo Willems, including the Knuffle Bunny Trilogy and his endearing cast of characters that children can’t seem to get enough of.
1:30-3:00 PM—Special Event – A Visit with Rebecca & Ed Emberley
Rebecca and Ed Emberley talk about their collaborative creative process and introduce the animated film versions of some of their best known picture books, including the Caldecott Award winning Drummer Hoff, Chicken Little, The Red Hen, and The Ant and the Grasshopper.
3:30–5:00 PM—Book Signing with Rebecca & Ed Emberley
Rebecca and Ed Emberley sign copies of their children’s books, including their new release The Crocodile and the Scorpion. Books will be available for sale on site (free admission).
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
10:30-11:30 AM—What’s New from Scholastic/Weston Woods Studios II
A collection of new animated films, including the New England premieres of Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo, I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen narrated by Daniel Pinkwater, And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogiano, and Blackout by John Rocco narrated by Stanley Tucci.
12:00-1:00PM—Weston Woods 60th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating 60 years of excellence with cake and entertainment (free admission)
1:30-2:30 PM— Recent Raves: Past Family Festival Favorites by Weston Woods Studios
A selection of some of the top films from Weston Woods within the last five years, including: Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg and Wallace’s Lists by Barbara Bottner and Gerald Kruglik, both narrated by Zach Braff; Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin; I’m Fast by Kate and Jim McMullan narrated by Stanley Tucci; Max’s Words by Kate Banks; and Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld.
3:00-4:00 PM—A Collection of Classics from Weston Woods Studios
Belmont World Film’s favorite selections from years past, including The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, The Wheels on the Bus by Paul Zelinsky featuring the music of the Bacon Brothers, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert, and Antarctic Antics by Judith Serra.