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>> Shana: The Wolf’s Music
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SHANA: THE WOLF’S MUSIC
Meet the star, Sunshine O’Donovan and other lead members of the cast at the Jan. 31 screening! This screening will also include a pre-show performance by Red Eagle Soaring.
Seattle premiere!
Co-presented with Longhouse Media!
Wednesday, January 28, 7pm
Saturday, January 31, 7pm
(Nino Jacusso, Canada/Switzerland, live action, 2014, 96 min)
Ages 10+. In English. 

Shana is a Canadian First Nations girl who is a gifted violinist. But she has problems no young person should have to face: her mother has died, and her father is struggling with his own demons. Only Shana’s new teacher seems to care about her, and at first, Shana pushes her away. But she meets another, more mystical being to accompany her on her journey: a wild wolf who helps her reconnect with her ancestors, make peace with her circumstances, and use her talents to express her passions.

Filming with a cast made up of People of the Creeks, the Lower Nicola Indian Band, near Merritt, British Columbia, the Swiss director spent seven months making this moving, magical and authentically intercultural motion picture.

Notes for parents: This uplifting film includes a few coarse words and a frank depiction of an alcoholic but loving parent.
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LABYRINTHUS
West Coast premiere!
Saturday, January 24, 3 pm
(Douglas Boswell, Belgium, live action, 2014, 98 min)
Ages 9+. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Frikke, a 14-year-old boy, comes across a computer game and discovers that it is being played with real kids, uploaded into the game’s labyrinth. In a race against time, Frikke tries to find the creator of this horrible game and help the kids inside it. Can he crack the code to free his friends from a world full of pop-up buildings, houses of cards, and mountains of boxes, books and newspapers? Or will his nemesis prevail, and fulfill his evil plan to draw every kid on earth into the game?

Notes for parents: This is a fast-paced thriller, with lots of adventure, cliffhangers, and a real villain who might be too scary for the most sensitive young viewers. There is some minor name-calling, coarse language, and one instance of discreet urinating in public.

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CLARA AND THE SECRET OF THE BEARS
Seattle premiere!
Saturday, January 24, 1:30 pm
(Tobias Ineichen, Germany/Switzerland, 2013, live action, 90 min)
Ages 10+. In German with English subtitles.
Part ghost story, part story of friendship, and part nature film, this is the gripping tale of a girl named Clara who lives with her mother and her stepfather on a farm in the Swiss Alps.

Clara’s connection with nature enables her to see and feel things others can’t perceive. Only in her friend, Thomas, does Clara find a confidant. Together, the pair discovers an ancient shoe, and Clara gets in touch with Susanna, a girl who wore it two centuries ago.

Susanna’s spirit is uneasy, and she warns that an age-old curse is about to fall on those who do wrong to bears. Soon, Clara and Thomas must travel across the gulf of time to repair the rift between humans and the rest of nature.
Notes to parents: This film is best for those who love thrilling stories with happy endings. There is tense drama, some scary scenes, a few coarse words, and a scene with guns.

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SELKIRK, THE REAL ROBINSON CRUSOE
Sunday, January 25, 3pm
(Walter Tournier, Argentina/Uruguay/Chile, animation, 2012, 80 min)
Ages 8+. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Selkirk, an unruly, selfish pirate, is the sailing master of an English galley sailing the South Seas in search of treasure. With his merry band of pirates (one of whom is a girl in disguise), life is one adventure after the next. But after he is abandoned on an uninhabited island, he changes his outlook on the world and learns to survive alone. His story became Daniel Defoe’s inspiration for the novel Robinson Crusoe.

Notes for parents: Some bad pirate behavior in this stop-action animated film includes mild cursing and one instance of a derogatory comment about the girl, but there is also a strong female lead.

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THE FINISHERS
West Coast premiere!
Saturday, January 24, 5 pm
(Nils Tavernier, France, 2013, live action, 95 min)
Ages 12+. In French with English subtitles.

Julien is 17, has a great sense of humor, lots of charm, and is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy. His parents love him, but the family is gradually falling apart under the strain of dealing with his disability. His mother is overprotective, and his father has become withdrawn and self-destructive. In a bid to both bond with his father and help him, Julien challenges him to participate (with him) in the Ironman race in Nice, a triathlon in which his father has previously competed. This time, he’ll not only have to finish the difficult race, but also help his teen throughout the course.
Notes to parents: There is a very brief glimpse of nudity, seen from a distance, as well as one coarse gesture and very limited coarse language. Julien’s dad smokes, but gives it up halfway through the film.
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HAVANA CURVEBALL
Seattle premiere, with filmmaker in attendance!
Co-presented with the Seattle Latino Film Festival
Sunday, January 25, 5 pm
Monday,  January 26 at 7pm
(Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider, USA, 2014, live action, 60 min)
Ages 11+. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles.

This film is a documentary about Mica, a young teen. He’s enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age rite. Imagining himself a savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba, a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans are poor and love baseball, and that Cuba was the place where his grandpa received refuge during the Holocaust. On a hunch, his award-winning filmmaker parents pick up their camera. They know the U.S. embargo with Cuba will throw him a curveball.
Screens withFalling Planes (Mario Piredda, Cuba, 2012, live action, 12 min)
Notes to parents: This is a film about what happens when a teenager discovers how difficult it can be to do a simple good deed. As might be expected, a few coarse words are uttered during the film. Falling Planes, screening before the film, also has a swear word.
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ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL
Northwest premiere!
Saturday, January 24, 7pm
(Pascal Plisson, France/China/South Africa/Brazil/Colombia, live action, 2014, 77 min)
Ages 9+. In French, Swahili, Maasai, and Spanish with English subtitles.

They live in all four corners of the planet and share a thirst for knowledge. Almost instinctively, they know that their survival depends on knowledge and education. From the dangerous savannahs of Kenya to the winding trails of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, from the suffocating heat of Southern India to the vast, dizzying plateaus of Patagonia, these children are all united by the same quest, the same dream: to go to school.

Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito are the heroes of On the Way to School, a documentary film that interweaves four pupils forced to confront and overcome countless, often dangerous obstacles— enormous distances over treacherous territory, snakes, elephants, even bandits—on their journey to the classroom.

By setting foot on their extraordinary path, and embarking on an adventure littered with traps and challenges, they will begin to leave their childhoods behind.

Note for parents: This film is recommended for ages 9+ because of subtitles and a structure that suggests a more mature attention span. However, some younger children may also enjoy the film.

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LOLA ON THE PEA
West Coast premiere, with filmmaker in attendance!
Saturday, January 31, 5pm
(Thomas Heinemann, Germany, 2014, live action, 90 min)
Ages 9+. In German with English subtitles.

Nine-year-old Lola lives on a charming old houseboat with her mother. But life isn’t exactly going swimmingly for her. She misses her long-gone dad, and doesn’t much care for her mom’s new boyfriend. She also has to contend with schoolmates who tease her and chase her home from school. But one day, she makes a friend—a quiet new boy in town, named Rebin. Rebin’s family is secluded and mysterious, and Lola soon finds out that they are migrants who don’t have the proper documents to live and work in Germany. Together, the two friends learn to fight for what is right, stand up to bullies, and face the future with courage and hope.
Notes for parents: This film tackles tough subjects, but it is also musical, funny, and fast-paced, with believable characters and a story that will give parents and kids lots to talk about after the show. There are a few instances of coarse language, spoken by bullies and frustrated adults, and a very brief glimpse, seen from a distance, of non-frontal nudity.

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BUBBLE BUBBLE MEOWS AND THE METEOR STOMACHACHE
Friday, January 30, 7pm
Saturday, January 31, 3:30pm
Filmmaker and voice talent for three main roles will be in attendance!
Free stickers for every audience members, with drawings for other great prizes!

(Matt Orefice, USA, 2014, animated, 83:30 min)
Ages 2 to 102. In English and very occasionally, Japanese, with English subtitles.
Come see the epic adventures of a poorly drawn animated cat, Bubble Bubble Meows, as he goes on a quest to cure his friend, a string bean who has a bellyache caused by meteor consumption. Along the way, BBM and Stringbean encounter Paul, a hyper-caffeinated feline, a lollipop-licking snow pea, three robots who resemble marshmallows, and a pile of cottage cheese named Mr. Knowitall. For good measure, there’s also has a subplot about the life and times of a trumpet animalcule named Nuncio, who is almost singlehandedly building a trumpet animalcule mega-city on Bubble Bubble Meow’s kitchen ceiling. Surely no poorly drawn cat has ever driven a baked potato car to such a fine theme song, on such kookoo beaucoup bonkers adventures! Audiences of all ages may find themselves exclaiming, “oh wowsh!” upon exiting the theater!

  • Join us before the screening of Bubble Bubble Meows for a coloring book party in the Film Forum lobby. Create your own baked potato car and crayon actual frames from the film!

Notes to parents: This charming, DIY Seattle-made film truly is for all ages, with songs, dialogue, and characters that will bring smiles and laughter to different ages, for different reasons.

Screens with:
Remember
(Peter Ray, USA, 2014, live action, 2 min)

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SALLY’S WAY
World premiere, with filmmakers in attendance!
Saturday, January 31, 3pm
(Joanne Gail Johnson, Trinidad and Tobago, live action, 2014, 87 min)
Ages 9+. In English.

Sally, a 12-year-old girl orphaned by HIV/AIDS, needs to use her ingenuity to help her ailing grandmother, who is the only family she has left. Set in the lush Caribbean, the film has a universal message of how to thrive despite the odds, and face the challenges of displacement and loss with positivity and creativity.

Sally’s way is not easy—she must battle bullies and integrate herself into the life of the household that has taken her in, a place her grandmother once worked as a maid. But along the way, terrified that she is about to be sent to an orphanage, she overcomes obstacles no 12-year-old child should have to face.

Notes for parents: This film, filled with the colors, music, and sunlight of Trinidad, provides great examples of the things kids can accomplish with determination and a little help from family and friends.

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PIM & POM: THE BIG ADVENTURE
West Coast premiere!
Sunday, February 1, 11am
(Gioia Smid, the Netherlands, animation, 2014, 70 min)
Ages 3+. In English.

Two cats, Pim and Pom, are best friends who live together with “The Lady.” But one day, the lady’s nieces come to visit, and they take the cats to the park for a picnic. However, what they really want to do is keep Pim and Pom for themselves, and they’ve come up with a plan to “cat-nap” them!

The kitties manage to escape the girls’ clutches, but soon, they are tired, lost, and hungry. Just then, a band of alley cats appears to show them the ropes of surviving on the streets. Will Pim and Pom ever be able to stay together and find their way home? A musical, gentle and yet action-packed film about the power of friendship, with a stylish 1960s look that will make Mom and Dad smile, too.

Note for parents: This is a film made for very young children, but the plot is about two lost cats who sometimes face dangers as they try to find their way home. Some scenes might be too intense for the most extremely sensitive young viewers. But it won’t spoil anything to say the movie has a very happy ending!

Screens with LAMI (Christophe and Oliver Defaye, Japan, animation, 2013, 2:30 min).

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THE OUTLAW LEAGUE
U.S. premiere!
Sunday, January 25, 7 pm
(Jean Beaudry, Canada, 2014, live action, 86 min)

Ages 10+. In French with English subtitles.

Nicolas, the son and grandson of fishermen, lives with his mom and sister in a village overlooking the sea. A terrible storm snatched his father a few years earlier, and Nicolas must not only deal with his loss, but also the slow disintegration of his grandfather, Jérémie, who has started drinking too much to ease the pain of the death of his son.

Summer vacation is the chance for Nicholas to resume his greatest pleasure: playing baseball with his friends. But a big obstacle greets the kids who assemble at the village baseball field: the town council has decided to convert the field into a municipal dump.

With Nicolas as their leader, the village kids will resist the mayor’s machinations with ferocity and, much to their surprise, they will also receive the support of Jérémie and his old buddies.

Notes for parents: This uplifting film includes a few coarse words and a frank depiction of an alcoholic but loving grandfather.

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