CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO GORTON COMMUNITY CENTER THIS NOVEMBER The only film festival of its kind outside of Chicago Lake Forest, IL, October 12, 2016: Gorton Community Center is excited to host the third annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) at Gorton with various events running November 3rd, 5th and 7th. Thursday, November 3rd is the inaugural International Filmmaker night, where attendees will have the opportunity to talk cinematic shop with the creators of the CICFF films. This event is geared toward teens, college students and adults and will have special appeal to film afficianados. On Saturday November 5th, running from 10-3 pm, are various film screenings for families, ranging from pre-K to upper middle school in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater. Monday, November 7th is Outreach day, exposing area schools in North Chicago and Waukegan to this culturally rich type of children’s film. “It is my dream for every child in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff to know what quality film is; that it can open their minds and change their lives,” says Elizabeth Pruett, who last year, brought this partnership with Facets to Gorton. Pruett is passionate about Facets mission and is making it her goal to expand their outreach to as many children and families on the North Shore as possible. Last year, over 350 people attended the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) at Gorton and they are expecting more to attend this year. “Now that families have been exposed to this festival, we hope that they will spread the word and mark it on their calendars each year to make it an event that they don’t want to miss,” says Amy Wagliardo, Gorton’s Executive Director. The CICFF was created 33 years ago by Milos Stehlik, internationally renowned film expert and founder of Facets, who has devoted his life to bringing the greatest in film to Chicago and is recognized throughout the world for his achievements, one of which is creating the first ever International Children’s Film Festival. “The Festival provides a much needed window into fine film for children and families. The films chosen provide a positive educational message: they awaken our sensibilities to a higher level of understanding, appreciation and entertainment,” explains Pruett. Gorton will kick off the festival with an International Filmmaker Night on November 3rd where filmmakers will present the work they submitted to the Festival this year and answer questions to film students, community leaders and influencers and anyone who is interested in the art of filmmaking. “It will be a compelling program with an insider’s look into film,” says Mary Visconti, Associate Director at Facets. Following the filmmaker night, there will be three festival screenings throughout the day on Saturday, November 5th. Pre-K/Early Childhood Film Shorts will be from 10:00 am-11:00 am, Lower Elementary Film Shorts from 11:30 am-12:45 pm and an Upper Elementary/Middle School Feature Film from 1:30-3:00 pm. The Gorton/Facets partnership has also grown by offering a hand’s-on approach to children interested in film. Gorton has partnered with Facets to run a Kids Film Camp the past two summers which is tailored after the camps they offer in the city. Students, ages 8-14, work with film professionals to conceive, write, storyboard, act, shoot and direct a short film. Participants develop essential 21st-century skills while learning how to critically view films, learn the grammar and structure of film, and work creatively in diverse groups. Twenty-six students have already graduated from Facets Kids Film Camp at Gorton and they are now eligible to serve on the Children's or Youth Juries of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. “We are so fortunate to have this extraordinary opportunity to experience the festival at the John & Nancy Hughes theater. It should be on everyone’s top ten list of things to do each year!” says Pruett. For more information about the CICFF at Gorton and to buy tickets in advance, please visit gortoncenter.org/facets.
350 Kirkland Ave.,Kirkland,Wa


when: Dec 8, 2016 - Dec 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

where: Kirkland, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, Wa

cost: $15-20

ages: 4 & older

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Scrooge is a musical production based on the Charles Dickens book, A Christmas Carol. Written and produced by local talent, and acted and sung by children as well as adults, this is a charming tale, with wonderful music. A delight for adults as well as kids.

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