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Fall River Children's Film Festival, May 1-20

UMass Dartmouth and the city of Fall River announce the second annual festival celebrating films based on classic children's stories

The City of Fall River and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth are announcing the second annual Fall River Children's Film Festival, celebrating films based on classic children's books. The event will run for two weeks, May 1-12, at the Cherry & Webb Gallery located at 139 South Main Street, Fall River, and then at the Fall River Public Library from May 15-20, 2006.

This is a free event centered around award-winning films that are based on popular classic children's books. Each school child who attends will go home with a new book of his or her own. The event partners and sponsors understand that a good education begins at an early age with the development of positive reading habits. Expected attendance during the three weeks may reach more than 4,000 children.

The Film Festival will be open to the public on Saturday, May 6, between 10 a.m­. and 3 p.m., and weekdays by reservation in the Cherry & Webb Gallery. During weekdays, from 9 a.m. to ­2 p.m., grade 2 students from Fall River, New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport and beyond will attend.

The Fall River Children's Film Festival is part of a series of events using artwork, professional development training, and children's programming to bring the world of books alive. Some of the films that will be shown include Ish, Planting a Rainbow, Stars! Stars! Stars!, Too Many Tamales, Wild About Books, Roberto the Insect Architect, Hansel and Gretel, and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

The films are from Weston Woods Studios, which, since 1953, has produced more than 500 films giving thousands of children a new view of the books they love. They have several times received Carnegie Awards for the quality of their films. Weston Woods is owned by Scholastic, one of the largest and most respected names in children's books. Weston Woods' films are used in more than 50,000 schools and libraries nationwide,
and are distributed in more than 20 countries.

In conjunction with the Fall River Children's Film Festival, there is an art exhibit of children's book illustrations called "Art of the Story 2006." This exhibit will be open and will run through May 12 in the gallery space where the Festival is being held. This year's exhibit is a special tribute to Ann Barrow. The exhibit will feature works by nineteen artists. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday until 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Sunday. Family Day will be on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cherry & Webb Gallery. Illustrators will be on-hand for book signings. David Mello, Fall River's children's librarian, will be present for storytelling in costume. In addition, Judith Moffatt, renowned children's artist, will conduct a presentation in costume on her own artwork in which she creates art by using cut paper. She will also do a book signing.

The Easton Children's Museum will be returning again this year with an activity table. The US Post Office will be present again with a table where children can make their own bookmark and receive a cancellation stamp for this annual event. Finally, Quaker Fabrics has once again donated the "Big Chair" which will be displayed in the storytelling area during the Festival.

New this year will be an auction. Items that will be donated include original pieces of artwork by Peter Reynolds, Judith Moffatt, Carol Way Wood and others; Fall River Children's Film Festival posters signed by its artist, Kim Gatesman; tickets to the Nutcracker 2006 performed by Spindle City Ballet; a bag of books; and a box of children's art materials. The Reverend Bob Lawrence will be the auctioneer. All
proceeds will help support the annual Fall River Children's Film Festival.

This annual event could not be possible without the partnership of the City of Fall River, Fall River Office of Economic Development and UMass Dartmouth Professional and Continuing Education. In addition, there are many sponsors of this event, which include Baker Books, Café Arpeggio, Weston Woods Studios /Scholastic Books, Massachusetts
Cultural Council, Comcast, Citizens Union Bank, The Standard Times, The Herald News and Riverside Art.

For more information about this spectacular event, please contact the Professional & Continuing Education Center at (508) 678-3636 or visit online at


Author:  "Nancy Vanasse"
Date:  27-Apr-2006
Department:   Professional & Continuing Education

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