Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 2pm
The Children's Cinema

361 Stagg Street, Suite 407, Brooklyn


Curated by Harriet Parker and Genevieve Yue

I’m Charlie Chaplin, Jay Rosenblatt, 2005, digital projection, 8 mins
The Colors, Abbas Kiarostami, 1976, digital projection, 16 mins
Lumaajuuq, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2010, digital projection, 8 mins
River Rites, Ben Russell, 2011, digital projection, 12 mins
Le Matin, Karen Yasinsky, 2007, digital projection, 5 mins
Animal Beatbox, Damon Gameau, 2011, digital projection, 3 mins
Melting, Thom Andersen, 1965, digital projection, 6 mins
I Like It a Lot, Jay Rosenblatt, 2004, digital projection, 4 mins

In putting together this summer edition of The Children’s Cinema, programmers Harriet Parker and Genevieve Yue had one rule: would 5-and-a-half year-old Harriet (who also goes by the name Tatty) willingly watch each film again? The answer is a collection of emphatic yesses, especially to Damon Gameau’s Animal Beatbox. “Nothing happens” in that film, as Harriet explains, but that has not stopped her from watching it at least forty times. Abbas Kiarostami’s The Colors, a gorgeous array of natural and pre-revolutionary Iranian consumer objects, is a visual feast. We were delighted by Ben Russell’s experimental ethnography River Rites and Le Matin, Karen Yasinsky’s animated take on Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante, both of which feature people moving in funny ways. Harriet found Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Lumaajuuq and Thom Andersen’s Melting “scary”—the latter for its minimalist tension, and the former for its folkloric darkness that parents of younger children may wish to avoid. The program is bookended with two diary films by Jay Rosenblatt starring his two-year-old daughter Emma, who, like any sensible person, loves Charlie Chaplin and ice cream.

Tickets - Pay what you can ($10 suggested donation), available at door. Advanced ticketing is available here.

Please note: seating is limited. Box office opens at 1:30pm. No entry 10 minutes after start of show.

The Children’s Cinema is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.