If a Bunch of Kids Make a Movie…

If a bunch of kids make a movie, they will want to enter it into a film festival. If they enter it into a film festival, they will want to go see it!

On Saturday, Marci & Debbie met the OPL kids and their families at the Ossining train station for the trip into NYC for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

Waiting for the train to take us to NYC

The kids had a great time on the train.

Lucas joined us on the train

The auditorium at the main branch of the New York Public Library was packed with kids and families from near and far, who came to see their films screened. Betsy Bird, a children’s librarian at NYPL, welcomed us all.
Betsy Bird welcoming the audience to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

Then James Kennedy, the film festival curator, and his co-host, Jon Scieszka, started the show.

Jon Scieszka & James Kennedy

About 20 films were shown, each one introduced by James & Jon, who entertained us with their humor. In between some of the screenings, there were live skits and game shows, including “The $20,000 Pyramid” with Newbery Award winning author, Rebecca Stead.
Rebecca Stead @90-Second Newbery Film Festival  Rebecca Stead & Jon Scieszka after "$20,000 Pyramid" Game

The OPL Kids movie, The Whipping Boy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98CM6JGtluI), was shown during the middle of the program, and all the kids were asked to stand up to be recognized.

At the end of the program, they met James Kennedy and took a picture with him.
OPL Kids with James Kennedy after the Film Festival

Everyone had a great time.

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