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Monday, March 21, 2011

Inaugural Tumbleweeds Film Festival @ SLC Film Center (SLC: APril 1 - 3)

For Immediate release
Contact, Levi Elder

801.746.7000 - lelder@slcfilmcenter.org

SLC FILM CENTER ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL
TUMBLEWEEDS FILM FESTIVAL FILMS AND WORKSHOPS
Film Festival Featuring Films From Around The World For Children And Youth

To Run April 1-3

Salt Lake City, UT - From April 1-3, 2011, the SLC Film Center
presents the inaugural Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and
Youth – the only film festival of its kind in the intermountain west.
The 1st annual festival features a jam-packed program of
feature-length films from around the world. This year’s festival
presents films from ten countries including The Netherlands, Germany
and Ireland. Two of the films will be screened in their original
language with English subtitles that will be read aloud by a “subtitle
reader.” In addition to film screenings, the SLC Film Center is
partnering with Spy Hop Productions to present workshops designed to
introduce participants to different aspects of filmmaking. The full
festival line-up, program and details on how to attend are now
available online at kidsfilm.org - where you can also sign up for our
newsletter, follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
Screenings will be presented at the Sorenson Unity Center, and the
Salt Lake Film Society’s Broadway Centre Cinemas and Tower Theatre,
with workshops at Spy Hop Productions and Discovery Gateway.

Tickets for films and workshops will be on sale 10:00 am, March 14 for
$5.00 for films and $20.00 for workshops from www.kidsfilm.org

Many films presented in the Tumbleweeds Film Festival are unrated –
unless otherwise noted. We have made our best efforts to provide age
recommendations for each film. More information about the content of
each film can be found on our website. Parental warnings can also be
found on imdb.com

2011 Tumbleweeds Film Festival Line-up

ALABAMA MOON

Director: Tim McCanlies
USA 2009, 89 min
Recommended for children 8 and up
Based on the acclaimed novel by Wyatt Key, this smart and
heart-warming film tells the story of an isolated boy who learns the
value of friendship and trusting others. Rated PG.
Official Selection of SideWalk Moving Pictures Festival 2009 -
Official Selection of Austin Film Festival 2009
CARLITOS AND THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

Director: Jesus Del Cerro
Spain 2008, 107 min
Recommended for children 8 and up
You’ll cheer for Carlitos, an eleven-year-old orphan with two dreams:
to become a great soccer player and to be adopted by a loving family.
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Official Selection of Febio Film Festival 2009 - Official Selection
Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children 2010 -
Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival 2010
ELEANOR’S SECRET

Director: Dominique Monféry
France 2009, 76 min
Recommended for children 6 and up
Join seven-year-old Nat on a magical adventure in this beautiful and
imaginative animated film that celebrates the joy of reading.
Official Selection of Rome Film Festival 2009 - Official Selection of
Seattle Film Festival 2010 - Official Selection of Melbourne Film
Festival 2010 - Official Selection of Dubai International Film
Festival 2010

FROM TIME TO TIME

Director: Julian Fellowes
UK, 2009, 95 min
Recommended for children 8 and up
Thirteen-year-old Tolly discovers he can mysteriously travel back and
forth in time, beginning a thrilling adventure to unlock an age-old
family mystery.
Winner Best of Fest Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
2009 - Winner Adults Jury Award Chicago International Children’s Film
Festival 2009 - Winner Futurewave Youth Special Jury Award Seattle
International Film Festival 2010
LAURA’S STAR

Directors: Piet de Rycker and Thilo Graf Rothkrich
Germany, 2004, 80 min
Recommended for children 4 and up
This beautifully animated film tells a magical story about a wondrous
friendship between a young girl and a shooting star.
Winner Film Award in Gold German Film Awards 2005 - Official Selection
Carrousel International du Film 2005
THE RACE

Director: Andre F. Nebe
Ireland/Germany 2009, 95 min
Recommended for children 8 and up
Dreaming of becoming a great race car driver, eleven-year-old Mary
sets out to prove that she has the skill to win an important go-cart
race in this heart-warming film.
Official Selection Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2010 -
Official Selection Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children
and Youth 2009
THE SEVEN OF DARAN: THE BATTLE OF PAREO ROCK

Director: Lourens Black
The Netherlands 2008, 96 min
Recommended for children 8 and up
Unlikely friends Jimmy and Charita must race through the Southern
African landscape to prevent an impending battle in this exciting and
moving adventure.
Winner Young People’s Jury Award at Toronto Sprockets International
Film Fest For Children 2009 - Official Selection of Cairo
International Film Festival for Children 2009 - Official Selection
Nederlands Film Festival 2008

SNOWMEN

Director: Robert Kirbyson
USA, 2009, 86 min
Recommended for children 8 and up
Filmed on location in Park City and inspired by real events, this
warm-hearted film follows ten-year-old Billy and his misfit friends on
a winter quest to set a Guinness World Record. Rated PG for thematic
material, some rough bullying and peril, language and brief juvenile
humor.
Official Selection, 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
STELLA AND STAR OF THE ORIENT

Director: Erna Schmidt
Germany 2007, 86 min
Recommended for children 6 and up
Finding herself transported one hundred years in the past,
ten-year-old Stella embarks on a fun-filled and action-packed
adventure in search of a secret treasure. Presented in German with
English subtitles.
Winner Best of Fest Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
2008 - Official Selection Copenhagen International Film Festival for
Children and Youth 2009 - Official Selection Mill Valley Film Festival
2009
TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY

Director: Nick Stringer
UK/Austria/Germany 2009, 81 min
Recommended for children 8 and up
Experience and enjoy one of the most fascinating and extraordinary
migration stories in the animal kingdom in this breathtaking film
about the loggerhead turtle’s incredible journey.
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2009 - Official
Selection London Film Festival 2009 - Official Selection Seattle
International Film Festival 2010
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?

Director: Catherine Gund
USA 2009, 76 min
Recommended for children 10 and up.
Sadie and Safiyah, two sixth-grade students set out to discover where
the food they eat comes from in this fun and fascinating documentary.
Official Selection Berlin International Film Festival 2009 - Official
Selection Seattle International Film Festival 2009

Workshops for Kids!

Vox Pop Attack / 9 am-12 pm / Ages 10 – 14 / Spy Hop - 511 W. 200 S.
Come up with one question, and see how everyone answers differently on
camera. Edit it all together to get a short take on a modern
documentary style.
The Filmmaker Experience / 9 am-12 pm / Ages 7 – 10 / Discovery
Gateway - 444 W. 100 S.

Learn to take the script to screen. In this workshop you will learn
the visual language of film,
how to work a camera, set-up shots, direct actors, and the basics of editing.
Special FX / Ages 10 – 14 / 1-4 pm / Spy Hop - 511 W. 200 S.

Turn ducks into monsters, pencils into people! Using Adobe
AfterEffects and Photoshop, the possibilities are limitless -- animate
a camera to fly through your scene or simulate weather animations like
snow and rain, and add special effects and lighting.
LEGO Live! LEGO animation / Ages 7 – 10 / 1-4 pm @ Spy Hop - 511 W. 200 S.

Bring your LEGOs to life in this introduction to animation class.
Write, produce and direct a short-film involving LEGO mini-figs and
set designs.


Major funding for the Tumbleweeds Film Festival has been provided by
The Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Art Works for Kids!, The Larry H. &
Gail Miller Family Foundation, and EBay, Inc.
The Tumbleweeds Film Festival is an annual film festival for children
and youth, ages 4-14, presented by the SLC Film Center. The festival
presents films that inspire, engage, and connect the children and
youth of our community through international and independent film
screenings and creative workshops. Tumbleweeds will provide
opportunities for film lovers of all ages to engage their creative
spirit, and bridge cultures by experiencing films whose stories
transcend geographic, cultural and political boundaries.

SLC Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through
free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and
visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and
artistic excellence, we present the best documentary, independent, and
dramatic cinema year-round. We collaborate with various educational
and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to
provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new
audiences for film.

The SLC Film Center and its programs are made possible largely by
funding from: The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, The
Sorenson Legacy Foundation, The Swartz Foundation, Zions Bank, and
Zoo, Arts and Parks.

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