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Public Welcome to School ScreeningsBelow is our list of films available for the 2007 festival. Click here to review the schedule for the festival.

We are thrilled to present an extraordinary selection of films - many of which we are premiering at RFFF!!! These films are guaranteed to engage, entertain and educate students.



Parental Guidance is advised, some themes and content may not be suitable for all children

A Lobster Tale
Dir.  Adam Massey, 2006, Canada/USA, 95 Mins – English – Ages 12+
In a small Maine fishing town, struggling lobster fisherman Cody Brewer discovers a mysterious sea moss in one of his traps. Tension in the already-fragile Brewer family erupts when the supernatural quality of the moss is revealed. The moss seems like the answer to the Brewer family’s problems, but only after it’s affected everyone in town. Despite its magical elements, the film’s strong story remains grounded in its infinitely believable representation of a town of simple fisherman presented with an amazing discovery.

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Suitable for viewing by all ages

Davie and Golymir
Dir. Darin McDaniel, Chris Smith, Neil Smith, 2006, USA, 45 Mins – English –Ages 5+
When the ferocious giant Golimyr threatens the peaceful village of the Zites, King Sullic sends a proclamation throughout the land calling for a champion to vanquish the foe. To the King's dismay, the only champion who rises to their aid is young Davie, a peaceful pear grower whose only defense is a sling, a sheep and his faith.

Set within the imaginative fantasy world of renowned artist James C. Christensen and based on the classic  story of David and Goliath, this stop-motion animated adventure is bursting with visual wonders. From sneeze-powered windmills to a colossal ship made of stone, join Davie and his wooly sidekick Chops as they discover a little faith can do giant things.

Preceded by: Quickdraw Animation Society Shorts

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Suitable for viewing by all ages

The Eva Saks Films: From Sesame Street to NYC
Dir. Eva Saks, 2000-2006, USA  53 Mins - English
Delightful short films directed by Sesame Street Workshop filmmaker Eva Saks.  From documentary to the magic world of Elmo,  Eva`s films have entranced and inspired audiences of all ages, and have screened in over 20 countries.   Her body of work spans every genre, with each film providing viewers an opportunity to discover every aspect of the art of filmmaking.  Films in this program include the Award winning films Colorforms, Kylie Goldstein: All American,  Confection and many more.

Curriculum Themes: Empathy, friendship, problem solving, choices, conquering fears, cultural awarenes

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Suitable for viewing by all ages

The Lady from Sockholm
Dir. Evan Lieberman, Eddy Von Mueller, 2005, USA, 71 Mins - English
Non-stop puns, endearing characters, and more film noir references than you can shake a pair of cheap nylons at. Are you ready for the world's first all sock puppet feature film?

Wool War II rages and times are tough for sock puppets. Terrence M. Cotton, a washed-up gumshoe, finds himself knee-high in debt and praying for a big case. Enter Heelda Brum, a finely spun piece of high-end hosiery who hires Cotton to find Darnell, her missing mate. When Darnell's unraveled remains are discovered local hood Big Toeny Marnetti is at the top of Cotton's suspect list, but Cotton soon discovers that hostile witnesses and Heelda's dirty secrets may have stained the investigation. But can a clean sock find justice in a dirty town? As Cotton threads the strands of the case together, he must watch his step or risk meeting the same frayed fate as Darnell.

NOTE: This film is family friendly, but does contain some mildly suggestive humor and action elements. As a comparison for parents, it is similar in tone to The Pink Panther and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Curriculum Themes: Discrimination, overcoming bad habits, teamwork, film noir, puppetry

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Suitable for viewing by all ages
A Year on Earth
Dir. John Heminway, 2006, USA, 99 Mins - English

Three teenagers ... five continents ... one mission: to take the pulse of our planet and report back to their generation. Are they up to the task? A Year on Earth chronicles the story of three American teens: Jamie (18) from Keller, Texas; Arsen (17) from Canyon, California; and Tyler (16) from Lincoln, Massachusetts. They have little in common except for a shared concern that time is running out for the planet. Nominated by their respective science teachers, the teens join research projects around the globe to work with scientists supported by Earthwatch Institute. These three teens traded a year at school for a classroom without walls to study the largest, most pressing environmental issues of our time.  

Curriculum Themes: Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge, Mongolian Argali, Origins of Angkor, Malaysian Bat Conservation, Bahamian Reef Survey, Crocodiles of Cuba and the Okavango, Kenya- Lakes of the Rift Valley, Climate Change in the Rainforest, Brazil's Pantanal, Costa Rican Sea Turtles, Gray Whale Migrations

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Suitable for viewing by all ages

A Dios Momo
Dir. Leonardo Ricagni, 2005, Uruguay, 90 Mins –Spanish with English Subtitles
In Uruguay, an 11-year-old street boy named Obdulio sells newspapers for a living but cannot read the words he sells. He finds a magical “Maestro” in the night watchman of the newspaper’s office. Not only does his tutor teach him how to read and write, he also manages to convey an un­der­standing of the importance of language, and introduces him to the world of books. This charismatic mentor also teaches him the real meaning of life through the lyrics of the “Murgas” during the mythical nights of the irreverent and provocative Uruguayan Carnival. The satirical lyrics are accompanied by ritual drumming during carnival processions, parades and celebrations.

Curriculum Themes: Literacy, importance of education, friendship, Uruguayan culture (celebrations), Spanish Language Studies

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Suitable for viewing by all ages

Aurore
Dir. Nils Tavernier,  2006, France, 95 Mins – French with English Subtitles
Once upon a time there was a kingdom where dancing was forbidden. Despite the ban and under the knowing and mischievous gaze of her little brother Solal, Princess Aurore happily seizes every occasion to dance. Influenced by a greedy and underhanded counselor, the King wants to marry Aurore to a rich Prince and save the kingdom from ruin. He organizes three balls to introduce Aurore to the world. But Aurore falls in love with a handsome and romantic painter. Obliged to choose between her love and her family she will follow her heart and mother's advice "Never forget to dance, even when you feel sad"…

Curriculum Themes: Ballet, fairy tales, fantasy, greed, making choices, imagination, love, innocence of children, freedom of expression, following your dreams and desires, French Language Studies

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Suitable for viewing by all ages

Everything`s Cool
Dir. Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand, 2007, USA,  100 Mins -English
In their signature upbeat comedic style, Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand weave an entertaining, character-driven tale about the mother of all problems: global warming.

 “Everything's Cool” explores whether  North America is finally “getting” global warming in the wake of the most dangerous chasm ever to emerge between scientific understanding and political action. In their own ironic and desperate way these ‘so-sad-they-are-funny”-vignettes of apathy,frustration and individual activism might very well be the thing that finally speaks to the public. The ultimate challenge is to convince the audience how urgent this situation really is – while leaving them optimistic and energized to try and take action.

This highly appealing documentary with appearances from Salma Hayek and Jake Gyllenhaal addresses the truly critical issue, not whether Global Warming is a reality but how do we close the gap between the scientific fact of Global Warming and the equally dangerous fact of political inaction. In a society numbed by frequent and generally overblown prophecies of doom, the film tackles the truly daunting task of enlightenment and inspiration for action with wit and style.

Curriculum Themes: Environment, global warming, Inuit culture with respect to the global warming in the Canadian Arctic, politics, universal climate change

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Suitable for viewing by all ages
(Brief Instances of Mild Language)

Just Like The Son
Dir. Morgan J. Freeman, 2006,  USA, 86 Mins - English
In the eyes of the law, Daniel (Webber) is a juvenile delinquent with a problem keeping his hands out of other people’s pockets. His stealing habit lands him another arrest and a stint doing community service at a NYC elementary school. It is here that he meets Boone (Ortiz), an adorable kid who is in and out of foster care, without a stable home life. Deciding to do the “right” thing for once in his life, Daniel kidnaps Boone from the latest facility he is dumped. They take a road trip together to find his sister, who can give him a promising new beginning. Daniel, on the other hand, looks like he has another jail cell lurking in his near future.

This poignant story of unlikely friendship and redemption contains powerful character performances by Webber, Rosie Perez, Brendan Sexton III, and the young Ortiz.

Note: Contains "mild language' content

Curriculum Themes: Friendship, self sacrifice, making choices and responsibility

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Suitable for viewing by all ages

Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good
Dir. Matej Minac,  2002, Czech. Republic/Slovakia, 64 Mins - English
A documentary that describes the heroic behavior of a 29 year old English stockbroker in 1939, Nicholas Winton, who recognized that hundreds of children were going to be killed in Prague by the Nazis. Mr. Winton arranged immigration papers and foster homes for more than 1000 children.  He saved over 600 of them. On September 1, 1939 another 400 children were on a train when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia.  These children were never heard from again.  Mr. Winton did not tell anybody about his actions, not even his wife whom he married later in life.  Fifty years after he saved these children his wife was going through a box in the attic and found paper work related to the rescue.  She began to spread the word.

Curriculum Themes:
The Holocaust, discrimination, determination and courage, humanitarianism, humility, taking risks, the importance of 'character', 'the power of good' in people

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