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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents Summer Flicks Series

The Modern Kids – Summer Flicks Series
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Lone Star Film Society
August 10-12, 2010

Programming sponsored in part by KIDS FIRST!

Films are shown in the auditorium at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 250 guests. The age ranges listed below are recommendations. For the most up-to-date information, visit

Take a break from the Texas heat and join us for The 2010 Modern Kids – Summer Flicks Series! Share the art of the screen with your children as they watch stories unfold and ideas form in delightful and innovative films. The bonus for seeing these films at the Modern is the opportunity to visit the galleries before or after and experience the wonder of the art as stories unfold and ideas form in paintings, sculptures, installations and videos found in works from the permanent collection.

Make a full day of creative activities at the Modern. Beautiful sketchbooks made of materials that inspire are available for children of all ages free at the front desk any day of the week and the perfect partner to the films showing for the Summer Flicks Series.

KIDS FIRST! is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to empower children to make wise media choices and to promote quality media products that enrich their lives.

Film Schedule

August 10

10:30 am (ages 3-7)
Harold and the Purple Crayon (30 min)

Based on the classic book, these adventures star Harold, an inventive and curious toddler with thoughts, desires and feelings typical of any child his age. In his Crayon World, Harold can muse on questions that all young children naturally wonder about, and he can come up with his own answers.

1:30 pm (ages 8-11)
Beatless Nick (4 min), Pigeon Impossible (6 min), Varmints (24 min), Life on a LimbYellow Sticky Notes (6 min), and Gerald’s Last Day (12 min)

Beatless Nick is a 1950s UPA style animated short about a little beatnik with no sense of rhythm. Nick searches for his cool so he can fit in with the other Beats. In a basement jazz club, Nick tries to impress his friends by performing poetry, jazz, and even interpretive dance. But, his attempts do nothing but empty the club. Just when Nick is about to give up and move to Squaresville, he accidentally discovers a talent for scatting. The Beats love it and Nick finds his cool in his own beatless way. He may stick out like a sore thumb, but that’s because Nick always marches to the beat of his own drum.

Pigeon Impossible is the tale of Walter, a rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase.

Varmints tells the story of one small creatures struggle to preserve a world in danger of being lost forever through recklessness and indifference.

In Life on a Limb, irreconcilable enemies, a tree and a lumberjack, are stuck in a waiting room together. Inevitably, conflict ensues. Will they end up burying the hatchet?

Yellow Sticky Notes After realizing that yellow sticky note “to do” lists were consuming his life, filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns decided to visually self-reflect on his filmmaking journey by animating on the same sticky notes that caused him to ignore major world events for the last nine years. Animation meditation is blended with image, text, and an original musical score by Genevieve Vincent through the creation of a classically animated experimental film that was drawn straight ahead with only a black ink pen on over 2300 yellow sticky notes.

In Gerald’s Last Day, Gerald the dog, an unlikely candidate for adoption, has been scheduled for termination by the pound at 5:00. Today is his last chance to seduce a potential adopter…..can he do it before his time runs out?

7 pm (ages 12-up)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Modern and mythical worlds collide in a heroic epic adventure in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan, the film follows trouble-prone Percy Jackson who finds himself having problems in high school but that’s the least of his challenges. It’s the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus have walked out of the pages of his Greek mythology texts and into his life, and they’re not happy Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Learning he is the son of Poseidon, the young teen finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, and embarks on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.

August 11

10:30 am (ages 3-7)
Lost and Found (24 min), The Happy Duckling (9 min)

In Lost and Found, little boy finds a penguin on his doorstep, and though at first unsure what to do, the boy becomes determined to help the penguin find his way back home. Even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole!

The Happy Duckling is an animated adventure set in a pop-up book world. Assembled and led by writer/director Gili Dolev, and accompanied by a whimsical score from composer Mick Cooke of Belle and Sebastian, the film follows the antics of a young boy in his struggles against a stacking duck! In this pop-up book world, expect the unexpected. Surprises aplenty behind every flap opened and every tab pulled.

1:30 pm (ages 8-11)
Against the Grain (2 min), Reach (4 min), Snow Day (2 min), Abridged (4 min), Again and Again (3 min), Kid Show (3 min), Alex and the Ghosts (7 min), and The Girl Who Cried Flowers (25 min)

In Against the Grain, a hapless karate fighter meets his biggest opponent.

In Reach, a tiny robot is given the gift of life with only one limitation, the length of his power cable.

Snow Day Can a helpless T-Rex dinosaur save himself from the impending doom of the Ice Age with only one sock?

Abridged is a romantic comedy set on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Again and Again Tons of cool ways to use a Mac, set to the song of ‘Again & Again’ by the Bird & the Bee.

Kid Show The playful fantasy world of little boys, where you can have weird conversations with the sun, dance around with wiggly arms, and, when your dad tells you to “go to sheep,” your pillow turns into one.

Alex and the Ghosts is a story of childhood magic and wonderment around a legendary hockey team, uniting past and present, reaching out to the youthful hearts of sport fans of all ages.

The Girl Who Cried Flowers is a moving narrative about the beauty of creation and the power of desire brought to life in a painterly watercolor style. In ancient Greece, a mysterious orphan is discovered. At first the local villagers are wary of the strange girl who cries beautiful blossoms instead of tears. But in time they begin to treasure her magical gift and desire her flowers. Olivia, a kind and giving spirit resolves to spend her days thinking sad thoughts and crying mountains of flowers for the insatiable villagers. However, sudden love brings change when Olivia falls for a jovial farmer named Panos. Panos desires nothing from Olivia except her happiness and so, out of love, he forbids her from crying. But the villagers will not simply forsake their beloved “girl who cries flowers.”

7 pm (ages 12-up)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life… middle school. Convinced it’s the “dumbest idea ever invented,” Heffley considers junior high school a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment of the cafeteria floor and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties that he must overcome to become popular. His diary-or “journal”-chronicles his thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would be) schoolyard triumphs.

August 12

These films from Mexico are part of the Festival de la Risa Celebration, commemorating the Bicentennial of the Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution of Mexico.

10:30 am (ages 3-7)
Global Wonders: Mexico (32 min)

Trey and Brianna visit Marisa’s home which is buzzing with activity as her family prepares for a Quinceaera celebration for her sister Anna.

1:30 pm (ages 8-11)
La Lune (7 min), Un Duelo (3 min), El Salon Mexico (13 min),
Folktales from Around the World: The Bear Prince (12 min), and Swaying Giants (26 min)

In La Lune, a couple living on top of a bizarre hourglass and under a tree discover the moon accidentally for the first time. The woman’s desire to reach and obtain the moon will lead them to experience things that they have never gone through before. In the end, they would discover new things about themselves and new truth about the world they thought they knew.

In Un Duelo, two hummingbirds engage on a senseless but sometimes funny battle.

El Salon Mexico is a fantasy set in Mexico in the 1800’s when a very young campesino who, along with his burro and rooster, sneaks out of the house one night to see a fiesta for the very first time.

Folktales from Around the World: The Bear Prince is a Mexican tale about a spirit that turns a prince into a bear. When the bear marries a woodcutter’s daughter, he reveals his secret and exacts a promise that she will never tell. In a fit of anger, she reveals it, setting off an extraordinary quest.

Swaying Giants is a documentary about a huge spectacle in Catalonia-the Human Giants. Sisters Laia, age 9, and Maria, age 7, have been practicing climbing these human towers for as long as they can remember, and they want more than anything to climb in the competition.

7 pm (ages 12-up)
*Furry Vengeance
*Film selection subject to change

Furry Vengeance is a live action family comedy in which an ambitious young real estate developer, Dan Sanders, faces off with a band of angry animals when his new housing subdivision pushes too far into a pristine part of the wilderness. Led by an incredibly clever raccoon, the animals stymie the development and teach our hero about the environmental consequences of man’s encroachment on nature.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
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Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun 11 am-5 pm

The Museum is closed Monday and holidays including, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

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