I vividly remember the first time I saw The Red Balloon as a child. I’ve never forgotten the haunting, stark beauty of 1950s Paris, the unapologetic taking of the child’s perspective, and the power of images with minimal dialogue.
As much as I loved, and love, the work of Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Mel Blanc, and Friz Freling, seeing The Red Balloon made me see film in a new way.
Once I became a children’s librarian I wanted the children I served to have similar opportunities to experience the extraordinary beauty and power of films like The Red Balloon, Spirited Away, The Man Who Planted Trees or The Secret of Kells.
Unfortunately children’s films that are not commercially successful can be hard to find.
I wanted to find some way for us to share independent quirky films—and let folks know about the rich offerings at Children’s Film Festival Seattle. So I was very excited when Liz Shepherd and Northwest Film Forum agreed to share some of their 2011 Children’s Film Festival Seattle offerings with us!
Please join us at the Central Library between 2 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28th and Thursday, December 29th for Children’s Films from Around the World from the 2011 Children’s Film Festival Seattle. (As it is in our auditorium, covered drinks and non-messy snacks are welcome!)
And don’t miss Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2012 from January 26th to February 5th at Northwest Film Forum.