Youth Filmmaker Showcase 2017

Director(s): Multiple
Country: Multi-national
Language: In English or w/English subtitles
Youth Filmmaker | 2016 | 90 min
Recommended for ages All (Parental Guidance: Appropriate for all ages.)

Join us for the 4th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival Youth Filmmakers Showcase, curated in partnership with the RISD Museum teen program, RISD Art Circle. This juried collection of youth-produced films presents inspiring stories from near and far about the fun and challenges in young people’s lives today. Both YFS screenings include Q&A with the RISD Art Circle teen jury and several youth filmmakers.

Film lineup is subject to change without notice.

THURSDAY (2/23): Youth Filmmaker Showcase (A) 

BEHIND THE ROCKS
After finding a golden rock in her garden, a girl goes on an unexpected adventure with her friends.
Canada, 2016 / Maia Costea (age 9) / 5 min / Live Action

ENGULFED BY DESTINY IN SKOPELOS
Through a vow made, a necklace exchanged, and the departure of a friend, a boy learns the hard way that real-life stories don’t always have a happy ending.
Greece, 2016 / Greek (w/English subtitles) / Erika Polasek (age 12) of Skopelos Youth Filmmaking Workshop / 3 min / Live Action

THE COOKIE TREE
Everybody knows you’re not supposed to eat from a cookie tree. In this filmed fable we learn the terrible fate of two children who didn’t listen to their parents’ advice.
USA, 2016 / Miles Fogler (age 14) of San Francisco Art & Film for Teens / 3 min / Mixed Media

H.U.M.A.N.S.
A comedic oral history of life over the past 70 million years that examines and personifies the ongoing competition between Evolution and Extinction.
USA, 2016 / Jonathan Newport (age 13) / 10 min / Live Action

WHERE IS HOME?
What would happen if the fate of the world rested in the hands of a child—or in the hands of elemental gods behaving like children?
Sweden, 2016 / no dialog / Asad Nazari  (age 14) / 1 min / Documentary

PIGEONHOOD
This film is about the life cycle of a little pigeon born on the balcony of the filmmaker’s bedroom. It follows the bird’s ‘coming of age’ and examines the pigeon’s role in shaping the filmmaker’s own development as a teenager.
India, 2016 / in English / Partho Gupte (age 15) / 10 min / Documentary

OVERRIDE
In a post-apocalyptic world, a spy infiltrates a small group of survivors with a sinister mission, and will be forced to choose between following orders and doing what he knows is right.
USA, 2016 / Jacob Chang-Rascle (age 16) / 8 min / Live Action

SEA OF STORIES
A tale of a greedy Carolina planter who apprehends a beautiful mermaid from her ocean home. Through her own power and the knowledge that the sea always reclaims it own, she is able to save herself while her captor is doomed to a terrible fate.
USA, 2016 / Azure Allen (age 16) / 2 min / Live Action & Animation

EXE.COMMUNICATIONS
A girl’s frustration with her friends’ incessant cell phone use pushes her to insist they cut cell phones out of their lives altogether—or at least try to.
USA, 2016 / Nate Winter (age 13), Timothy Houlahan (age 14), Aidan Miller (age 14), Nick Tennery (age 13), Theo Wikstrom (age 14), Bertie Sackson (age 13) of Light House Studio Film Workshop, Charlottesville, VA / 6 min / Live Action

THE PETITION
The proposed removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia has been a contentious issue among residents. Two students seek to examine the issues at hand through this documentary.
USA, 2016 / Riley Goodwin (age 14), Kibiriti Majuto (age 18) of Light House Studio Film Workshop, Charlottesville, VA / 6 min / Documentary

THE GROCERY STORE OF DREAMS
The old man in the village is the owner of a grocery store and the guardian of children’s dreams. At night, the children have peculiar dreams, sometimes  joyful and sometimes fearful. How will the guardian guide the dreaming children when they need help?
Taiwan, 2016 / Mandarin Chinese (w/English subtitles) / Chen You-Jyun, Lin En-Hao, Gao Zhi-Fu, Hsu Bo-Chen, Chang Yu-Tao (ages 6 to 14) of the Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival Workshop / 8 min / Animation

OUT WITH CHRIST
Follow a young queer student as she grapples with a conservative religious family and uncovers both discrimination and acceptance within Christianity. OUT WITH CHRIST looks at how religion can be both a tool of healing and oppression for the LGBTQ community.
USA, 2016 / Amelia “Jonah” Davis (age 17) of the DCTVNY Youth Filmmaking Workshops / 9 min / Documentary

BABY FACE
A day in the life of Baby Face who struggles to be accepted as an adult due to his “youthful appearance”.
USA, 2016 / Marcial PIlataxi (age 17) of the DCTVNY Youth Filmmaking Workshops / 9 min / Live Action

KEEP CALM AND READ MICHAEL VEY
With an author this good it’s hard to focus on other things!
USA, 2016 / Maxwell Frank (age 10) of Gordon School / 2 min / Live Action

NEVER FORGET YOU
A group of kids express themselves through dance to the song “Never Forget You” (Price and Takis Remix) by Zara Larsson.
USA, 2016 / Dylan Itkin (age 15), Shuggah Rae Rae (age 15), Javon Butler (age 22),  Aramis Rubio (age 15), Orie Morris (age 13) of Everett Company Stage School / 3 min / Live Action

UNTITLED
A young woman recounts how working with horses gave her hope and meaning at a time of unhappiness in her life.
USA, 2014 / Caitlin Christy (age 16) of the Beacon Charter School / 5 min / Live Action

PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUT 2017
A creative, documentary-style montage of students leaving school to march on to the Rhode Island State Capitol to protest Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
USA, 2017 / Jamiere Wilson (age 15) of Classical High School / 5 min / Documentary

SUNDAY (2/26): Youth Filmmaker Show (B)

ENGULFED BY DESTINY IN SKOPELOS
Through a vow made, a necklace exchanged and the departure of a friend a boy learns the hard way that stories in life don’t always have a happy ending.
Greece, 2016 / Greek (w/English subtitles) / Erika Polasek (age 12) of Skopelos Youth Filmmaking Workshop / 3 min / Live Action

LEE’S CHOICE
What would it be like if the fate of the world rested in the hands of a child — or in the hands of elemental gods behaving like children?
Canada, 2016 / Joshua Costea (age 14) / 8 min / Live Action

WHERE IS HOME?
At the tender age of 14, Asad fled from Afghanistan to Sweden. His documentary recreates his personal journey “to the T”.
Sweden, 2016 / no dialog / Asad Nazari  (age 14) / 1 min / Documentary

OVERRIDE
In a post-apocalyptic world, a spy infiltrates a small group of survivors with a sinister mission, and will be forced to choose between following orders, and doing what he knows is right.
USA, 2016 / Jacob Chang-Rascle (age 16) / 8 min / Live Action

SEA OF STORIES
A tale of a greedy Carolina planter who apprehends a beautiful mermaid from her ocean home. Through her own power and the knowledge that the sea always reclaims it own… she is able to save herself, while her captor is doomed to the terrible fate that awaits him.
USA, 2016 / Azure Allen (age 16) / 2 min / Live Action & Animation

THE CHATTER GROUP OF MOMS AND GRANDMAS
Think doing the laundry is boring? Between group socializing and toe-nibbling shrimp, these ladies and their kids would have to disagree.
Taiwan, 2016 / Mandarin Chinese (w/English subtitles) / Chen Tse-Chien, Chien Po-Han, Hsu Yi-No, Lu Hsiang-Chen (ages 6 to 14) of the Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival Workshop / 8 min / Documentary

BABY FACE
A day in the life of Baby Face who struggles to be accepted as an adult due to his “youthful appearance”.
USA, 2016 / Marcial PIlataxi (age 17) of the DCTVNY Youth Filmmaking Workshops / 9 min / Live Action

GREY SKIES
A young girl dives into her imagination to find the sun on a cloudy day.
USA, 2016 / no dialog / Bridget Kegelman  (age 13)  / 2 min / Animation

SILVER LININGS
A poetic documentary of a young girl discussing how she deals with depression and anxiety.
USA, 2016 / Elizabeth (Libby) James  (age 14) of the Beacon Charter School / 2 min / Documentary

LOOKING THROUGH THE LENS
Colorfully-shaped characters experience a journey and transformation as they travel through different types of kaleidoscopes. This film was created by the students of the Community Preparatory School in Providence.
USA, 2016 / no dialog / 11- to 12-year-old students from Community Preparatory School in Providence / 5 min / Animation

ONLY ONE YOU
Grammy-winning Danny Weinkauf delivers a great, and rather catchy, message about being yourself. USA, 2016 / Madison Durand (age 15)  / 4 min / Animation

KEEP CALM AND READ MICHAEL VEY
With an author this good it’s hard to focus on other things!
USA, 2016 / Maxwell Frank (age 10) of Gordon School / 2 min / Live Action

TEENAGE SURVIVAL GUIDE
A girl discovers how to solve the majority of her problems during the most confusing time of her life: being a teenage girl.
USA, 2016 / Adriana Marquez (age 15) of the Real to Reel Film School Peabody Essex Museum  / 4 min / Live Action

IT’S YOUR LIFE…LIVE IT
A girl sees what her life could have been in the instant of making a bad decision.
USA, 2016 /Ben Reingold (age 16) of Sharon, MA High School  / 2 min / Live Action

BALLOONS
A collaborative short film  about the role of friends helping one another overcome sadness.
USA, 2016 / Lilly Baumfield, Gail Rayham, Sadie Corrigan, Marley Boss, Josh Roberts (ages 11 & 12) of the French Woods Performing Arts Summer Camp Workshop, Hancock, NY / 4 min / Live Action

NEVER FORGET YOU
A group of kids express themselves through dance to the song “Never Forget You” (Price and Takis Remix) by Zara Larsson.
USA, 2016 / Dylan Itkin (age 15), Shuggah Rae Rae (age 15), Javon Butler (age 22),  Aramis Rubio (age 15), Orie Morris (age 13) of Everett Company Stage School / 3 min / Live Action

PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUT 2017
A creative, documentary-style montage of students leaving school to march on to the Rhode Island State Capitol to protest Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.
USA, 2017 / Jamiere Wilson (age 15) of Classical High School / 5 min / Documentary

H.U.M.A.N.S.
A comedic oral history of life over the past 70 million years that examines and personifies the ongoing competition between Evolution and Extinction.
USA, 2016 / Jonathan Newport (age 13) / 10 min / Live Action